Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Dude! Dudamel!

The most fantastic young conductor (I say young - he, at 26, is the elder here) has been blazing a global trail in the past few years, scorching his way up from Venezuela's sistema of musical education (a one child, one instrument policy) to the concert halls of Lucerne and London. His name is Gustavo Dudamel and he is at once enlivening and sensitive, leading his orchestra - the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra - on like Diana in the dance.

The NYT has just done a long profile of Dudamel, which inspired me to search out some of his work online, so - for your listening and viewing pleasure - here are the three parts of Leonard Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, as performed by the SBYO at this year's Proms. (Tip: cue up all the performances so you can switch straight from one to the next).

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