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Beethoven * Brahms * Hayd: 'Europakonzert-The European Concert'

Magazine article Gramophone

Beethoven * Brahms * Hayd: 'Europakonzert-The European Concert'

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Beethoven * Brahms * Haydn [DVD]

'Europakonzert--The European Concert'

Beethoven Symphony No 5, Op 67

Brahms Variations on a Theme by Haydn, 'St Antoni Chorale', Op 56a

Haydn Cello Concerto No 1, HobV11b/1

[a] Gautier Capugon vc

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra / Gustavo Dudamel

DG [F] [DVD] 073 4931GH

(88' * NTSC * 16:9 * DTS5.0 & PCM stereo * 0)

Recorded live at the Spanish Riding School, Vienna,

May 2012


Dudamel takes charge of the 2012 European Concert

Few young conductors treading the current circuit tick as many boxes as does Gustavo Dudamel, what with his obvious charm, natural charisma and abundant talent (the last quality obviously being the most important). What I've heard of his records shows a wealth of promise and a propensity for original thinking. This 2012 Berlin recording of Beethoven's Fifth resembles Dudamel's 2006 version with the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela (11/06) in that the coda of the first movement broadens perceptibly, perhaps even more perceptibly than before. The Berliners' orchestral profile is warmer-textured than their Venezuelan counterparts and although the BPO performance courts drama on a generous scale (you could easily imagine clouds of rosin flying from the double basses in the Scherzo's Trio), it's more joyful than intense. …

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