Gustavo Dudamel.

Dudamel Conducts Strauss.

This is a truly amazing new recording from, quite simply, one of the most exciting young conductor of our times: Gustavo Dudamel’s debut recording with the legendary Berlin Philharmonic.

Recorded live at the Philharmonie in Berlin, whose acoustics were designed expressly for the brilliant, luxurious tonalities of this late-romantic music by Richard Strauss.

The selections are:

Strauss, R:

  • Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30
  • Don Juan, Op. 20
  • Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28

Performed by the Berliner Philharmoniker, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel.

Richard Strauss’ beloved tone poem, ‘Also sprach Zarathustra’, was inspired by Nietzsche’s poem, and immortalized in Kubrick’s science-fiction cinema classic, 2001: A Space Odyssey.

‘Don Juan’ and ‘Till Eulenspiegel’ are concert-hall favorites: Beautiful, and filled with Strauss’ melodic and harmonic inventions.

Gustavo Dudamel earned a “Best Orchestral Recording” Grammy® in 2012 for his recording of Brahms Symphony No. 4 with the LA Philharmonic, and he was named Musical America’s “Musician of the Year” for 2013.

Dudamel conducts these works with confident authority, and he produces a wonderful, rich sound that brings out the individuality of the Berlin Philharmonic’s players.

Here is Gustavo Dudamel performing Strauss’ “Also sprach Zarathustra” with the Berliner Philharmoniker:



And next, here is Strauss’ “Don Juan” with Mr. Dudamel conducting the Berliner Philharmoniker:



Tags: Gustavo Dudamel, Richard Strauss, Berliner Philharmoniker