Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Gustavo Dudamel, success at Salzburg Summer Festival

The young conductor Gustavo Dudamel Venezuelan prodigy, leading the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra, made up of young musicians emerged from the poor of Venezuela, electrified the Monday night audience at the prestigious difficult Salzburg Summer Festival, a standing ovation that lasted several minutes.

In the room full of Felsenreitschule, where no tickets for more than three months, the concert was devoted to Russian composer Peter Tchaikovsky musical works with "Hamlet," "The Tempest" and "Romeo and Juliet." In just 30 years, Gustavo Dudamel demonstrated his growing maturity and a sense of music, the score and conducting exceptional, all allied to a gestural dynamism rarely seen.

In Salzburg, presented with a training of some 200 musicians, which is also unprecedented, with 24 violins, 18 high and 14 bass violins, producing a sound mass that was never heavy, but clear, precise, rhythmic and dynamic. He had triumphed at the 2008 Salzburg Festival with the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra is unique in the world, composed of young musicians from the poorer classes, including young people coming out of prison.

This orchestra is part of the musical movement system, begun in the late 70's in a hangar in Caracas by Venezuelan composer José Antonio Abreu, Gustavo Dudamel's mentor. System has trained more than 250,000 young musicians in Venezuela and has five national academies and over a hundred local conservatories.

In recent years, Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra broke sharply in the music world and has recorded several CDs and DVDs under the famous brand that Deutsche Grammophon took under his protection to the orchestra and its director. 

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