Album: Gustavo Dudamel, Discoveries (Deutsche Grammophon)
This compilation of highlights drawn predominantly from Gustavo Dudamel's
stewardship of the Simón Bolivar's Symphony Orchestra opts for high-octane
passages such as the opening movement of Beethoven's 5th and the "Danse Sacrale"
from Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, with pieces from Arturo Márquez and
Silvestre Revueltas – notably the latter's fiery "Noche de Jaranas" from La
Noche de Los Mayas – establishing the orchestra's Latin American origins.
But the sheer gusto with which they attack the "Danse Russe" from The Nutcracker is exhilarating enough; and following it with the Gothenburg Symphony's scherzo from Bruckner's 9th demonstrates how ably Dudamel transfers his energy to another vehicle.
Download: Nutcracker Suite, Danse Russe; Symphony No 9, Scherzo; Danse Sacrale
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