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The Promise Of Music / Gustavo Dudamel

Dudamel,Gustavo / Sbyov
Release Date: 10/28/2008 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 001208509  
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenAlberto GinasteraJosé P. Moncayo García
Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

An uplifting, superbly paced documentary; The world should be inspired by this Venezuelan sensation

The “sistema” has been going in Venezuela for more than 30 years. It is probably the most ambitious programme of music education and orchestra training in the world. Of the 250,000 young people who take part from every kind of social background, the top 200 are members of the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra with ages ranging from 15 to 25. Their conductor, the charismatic Gustavo Dudamel, described by Sir Simon Rattle as “the most astonishingly gifted conductor I have ever come across”, is himself a graduate of the “sistema”. It was their sensational debut appearance at the 2007 BBC Proms that caught the public imagination.
Read more This film was shot in Venezuela last year during the orchestra’s rehearsals for their appearance at the Beethoven Festival in Bonn, a concert which features on the second part of the DVD. If you fail to be inspired by the stories of the individual musicians told here, their commitment, their determination to succeed, their cheerful enthusiasm, their love of the music, technical accomplishment and exuberant playing, and by Dudamel himself then I suggest you check into the nearest cemetery.

This uplifting, superbly paced documentary should be required viewing for every government minister in the UK. I hope it makes them blush with shame. They might note two quotes in particular from the film: “The ‘sistema’ isn’t just about playing instruments in an orchestra. It’s also about friendship and sharing.” That from one of the orchestra members; this from Dudamel: “If it can happen in Venezuela, then why not the rest of the world?” Why not, indeed.

-- Jeremy Nicholas, Gramophone [Awards 2008]

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THE PROMISE OF MUSIC
Documentary & Concert

Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela
Gustavo Dudamel

DVD-VIDEO NTSC 073 4427 |G|H|
STEREO: PCM / SURROUND: DTS 5.1
Picture Format: 16:9
A production of Unitel and Bernhard Fleischer Moving Images in cooperation with Deutsche Welle TV

* The Promise of Music is a full-length feature film about Gustavo Dudamel and his Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela.
* The film documents Dudamel preparing his orchestra in Caracas for their upcoming concert at the Beethovenfest in Bonn, in 2007. Following different musicians in their day-to-day lives, the film shows how classical music is changing the individual and their environment.
* The climax of the film is the Bonn concert, a stunning success with standing ovations given to every work on the programme, which includes Beethoven’s complete “Eroica” Symphony and two pieces from the orchestra’s Latin-American homeland.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Estancia, Op. 8: Malambo "Danza final" by Alberto Ginastera
Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; Argentina 
3.
Huapango by José P. Moncayo García
Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; Mexico 

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