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Dudamel’s Mahler grows up: a transcendent Third with the LA Phil

Mahler: LA Phil/Dudamel **** Barbican, 24th March 2016 For over a decade, Gustavo Dudamel has been the face of classical music’s new generation; figurehead for Venezuela’s Simón Bolivar Youth Orchestra, poster boy for California. Long, black tight curls, beaming smile, twinkling … Continue reading

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“Beer and beard”: Barenboim’s ruminative Brahms with the Bolívars

Brahms: Daniel Barenboim; Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela/ Gustavo Dudamel ** Royal Festival Hall, 17th January 2016 It was Paul Dukas who dismissed Brahms’ music as “too much beer and beard”. He would have had a field day with … Continue reading

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