Gustavo Dudamel conducts Bruckner, Sibelius & Nielsen
Gustavo Dudamel has had a meteoric rise to fame among symphony conductors. He is young, has a huge repertoire, and was capable to attracting major opportunities to perform. My sense is that he is a very passionate person, and reserves nothing when he feels strongly about a composer’s work. The public has reacted mostly very positively to the results he has achieved.
This recording includes:
- Symphony No. 9 in D Minor
- Symphony No. 5, Op. 50 (FS97)
- Symphony No. 4, Op. 29 (FS76) ‘The Inextinguishable’
- Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 43
Performed by the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel
Mr. Dudamel became Principal Conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony in 2007 and Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2009. Taken from live recordings during his first three seasons in Gothenburg, the combination of Bruckner’s unfinished Ninth Symphony along with three Scandinavian masterpieces (Sibelius’s Second Symphony and Nielsen’s Fourth and Fifth Symphonies) may seem an odd coupling, but they were in fact all written within a thirty year span and as the booklet points out all “explore, in different ways, the seemingly endless timbral possibilities of the 19th-century symphony orchestra”.
Here is Gustavo Dudamel talking and conducting Bruckner, Sibelius and Nielsen in this promotion video:
And here he is again, this time directing Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 with the Berliner Philharmoniker:
Tags: Gustavo Dudamel, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Bruckner, Sibelius, Nielsen