24 Songs, 1 Hour 29 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Gustavo Dudamel delivers a performance of striking class and imagination here. Drawing full-bodied and gloriously detailed playing from an energized LA Phil, Dudamel is always alive to the magical score’s fabulous array of colors and textures. He conveys the faux-serious drama with an almost operatic sense of theater, bringing everything to life with considerable flair. This is conducting of stature from a musician who has really matured during his years in LA. Well recorded in the Walt Disney Concert Hall’s lovely acoustics, this is a modern Nutcracker to cherish.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Gustavo Dudamel delivers a performance of striking class and imagination here. Drawing full-bodied and gloriously detailed playing from an energized LA Phil, Dudamel is always alive to the magical score’s fabulous array of colors and textures. He conveys the faux-serious drama with an almost operatic sense of theater, bringing everything to life with considerable flair. This is conducting of stature from a musician who has really matured during his years in LA. Well recorded in the Walt Disney Concert Hall’s lovely acoustics, this is a modern Nutcracker to cherish.

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Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
8 Ratings
8 Ratings
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The best conductor/orchestra in the US

This is an important recording to document one of the most extraordinary things in classical music today - Dudamel’s partnership with the LA Philharmonic. Those of us here in LA have seen Dudamel mature from a conducting wunderkind to a deep musical force breathing fresh life not just in LA but Venezuela and the most established musical institutions in Europe. This recording has everything you would want from Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet, all the big tunes are given a full bodied performance from an engaged virtuosic orchestra aided with the glorious acoustic of their famous hall in a live recording. This is the full score, not the truncated suite most often heard. Dudamel treats this as serious orchestral music, not a facile series of pleasant melodies. What I found most impressive is not only how he plays the big tunes but how cohesive his vision is. This is a performance that seamlessly flows and lovingly treats the more incidental moments as carefully as the famous sections that everyone recognizes. Tchaikovsky’s skills as an imaginative and evocative orchestrator are on display here as Dudamel probes the full spectrum of the score, delivering magical moments of great beauty, colorful contrasts, and an underlying darkness with standout contributions from the LA woodwinds. This is one of the best recordings of this piece along with Gergiev’s first account with Kirov for the full score and Rostropovich with the Berlin Philharmonic for the suite. After an early series of live recordings from Dudamel’s first years with the LA Phil, recent recordings have become scarce. Deutsche Grammophon has announced a new partnership with Dudamel and the LA Philharmonic, now in their 10th season together. Hopefully this leads to more recordings so the whole world can see what Los Angeles already knows, that Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic are the greatest musical combo in the US if not the entire world.

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