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Celebracion - Opening Night Concert & Gala / Dudamel, Florez, LA Philharmonic


Release Date: 12/14/2010 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 001505009  
Composer:  Gioachino RossiniIsabel "Chabuca" GrandaAgustín LaraJosé P. Moncayo García,   ... 
Performer:  Juan Diego Flórez
Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



CELEBRACIÓN Gustavo Dudamel, cond; Juan Diego Flórez (tn); Los Angeles PO DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON B0015050-09 (DVD: 120:00 Text and Translation) Live: Los Angeles 10/7/2010


ROSSINI La gazza ladra: Overture. La Cenerentola: Principe più non sei … Sì ritrovaria io guiro. Semiramide: Read more class="ARIAL12">Overture; La speranza più soave. GRANDA La flor de la canela. LARA Granada. MONCAYO Huapango. GREVER Júrame. GUTTIÉRREZ Alma llanera. MÁRQUEZ Danzón No. 2. DONIZETTI La fille du regiment: Ah! Mes amis. VERDI Rigoletto: La donna è mobile


U.S. GOVERNMENT REQUIRED HEALTH WARNING: This DVD is proven to be hazardous to the physical and mental health of anyone who is opposed to the idea that a classical-music event can be nothing more than pure fun and excitement.


Two brilliant young artists caught on a good night, with an orchestra newly energized by its superstar conductor, in one of the world’s finest modern concert halls, and with an audience clearly having the time of its collective lives. I’m not sure what else one could ask for, unless one’s view is that a classical-music concert must always be an intellectually challenging, provocative, and deeply profound experience. Certainly, I am not opposed to evenings of that nature; in fact I seek them out. However, nor am I opposed to an event of this kind—music on the lighter side, performed with extraordinary skill, commitment, and esprit.


If you are one of those still skeptical about Gustavo Dudamel, you should look at and listen carefully to this DVD. If he were just about the flash, the Rossini overtures and arias would be driven and taut but would lack grace, elegance, and charm. In fact, they have all of those qualities in abundance, as well as superbly judged orchestral balances—which are extremely well recorded by producer Chris Alder and engineer Fred Vogler. Conducting everything without a score (even the obscure Rossini arias), Dudamel employs a technique that is crystal-clear and extremely communicative. His left hand is independent from the right, and is used to indicate phrase lengths, colors, and dynamic shadings. He hears and reacts to balance issues, and is clearly on top of every moment, while never losing his long view. And he is inside the music and communicating his joy to the musicians, who reflect it back in their playing.


As for Juan Diego Flórez, the Peruvian superstar tenor is in fabulous voice and also reflects a great joy in the sheer act of singing. By now, there is no need to dwell on his skills to Fanfare readers, but it might be worth noting that the chemistry between Flórez and Dudamel in this gala (which was an opening night for Dudamel’s second season as music director in Los Angeles) is very special. The fun they have with the final encore, “La donna è mobile,” is something to be treasured. At the point just before the singer begins the big tune, at both verses, the pause is a bit longer than usual as the two smile and wink at each other. Two young artists, having more fun than anyone should be permitted to have—and lucky us, we get to share it. Flórez also gives us, as the other encore, the famed aria from La fille du regiment with its nine high Cs, each one perfectly nailed.


Brian Large’s direction for the video is excellent. He doesn’t jerk us around too frequently, and is willing to linger (at least a little while) on shots before changing. The extras consist of interviews with Dudamel and Flórez, brief and enjoyable. We get perhaps more of the ovations than some will appreciate, but I’ll admit to enjoying them and feeling that I was somehow a part of a once-in-a-lifetime event. I think you’ll know from this description whether this DVD will please you. I know I will be watching it many times in the future.


FANFARE: Henry Fogel
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Works on This Recording

1.
La gazza ladra: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Italy 
2.
La Cenerentola: Principe più non sei...Noi voleremo, domanderemo by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Juan Diego Flórez (Tenor)
Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Italy 
3.
Semiramide: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Italy 
4.
Semiramide: La speranza, più soave by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Juan Diego Flórez (Tenor)
Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Italy 
5.
La Flor de la Canela by Isabel "Chabuca" Granda
Performer:  Juan Diego Flórez (Tenor)
Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
6.
Granada by Agustín Lara
Performer:  Juan Diego Flórez (Tenor)
Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; Mexico 
7.
Huapango by José P. Moncayo García
Performer:  Juan Diego Flórez (Tenor)
Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; Mexico 
8.
Jurame by María Grever
Performer:  Juan Diego Flórez (Tenor)
Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Mexico 
9.
Alma Llanera by Pedro Elias Gutierrez
Performer:  Juan Diego Flórez (Tenor)
Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
10.
Danzón no 2 by Arturo Márquez
Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994; Mexico 
11.
La fille du régiment: Ah, mes amis...Pour mon âme by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Juan Diego Flórez (Tenor)
Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Italy 
12.
Rigoletto: La donna è mobile by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Juan Diego Flórez (Tenor)
Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 

Customer Reviews

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 A thrilling nigth May 14, 2013 By Jorge Alcover (Barcelona, Spain) See All My Reviews "Just a great oppotunity to follow the performance of this two grat artitst showing a great complicity. A tribute to the Orchestra adapting themselves to a different types of music. Excellent" Report Abuse
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