This is Gustavo Dudamel's first CD with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, recorded live at LA's famed Disney Concert Hall as part of their epic 2012 Mahler Project. Mahler's magisterial Ninth Symphony was completed in 1909; tragically, he died in May 1911, without ever hearing it performed.
Dudamel and the LA Phil toured Europe with Mahler 9 in 2011, garnering widespread critical acclaim: the Guardian praised them for "a refinement and expressivity that touched the sublime." LA Culturemonster.com Critic Mark Swed declared Dudamel's Mahler 9 "a powerful performance and the most audacious challenge yet for a fearless young conductor...He is a Mahlerian."
The whirlwindRead more sensation that is conductor Gustavo Dudamel would be easy to dismiss as yet another Icarian romance between the press and a musician, and yet he continues to match his well-deserved praise. And his powers are palpable in this recording of Mahler’s daunting, layered, and emotionally fugitive Ninth Symphony. Dudamel handles it all – from the swampy opening (shades of Bruno Walter) to the literally excruciating final bars – with casual flair. It would be easy to treat this symphony as a holy relic, but more exciting is to treat it as Dudamel does, as a vivid piece of orchestral theater. And of course his vision is brought to life by the astonishing Los Angeles Philharmonic, which continues to dazzle.
– Daniel Felsenfeld, Listen Magazine [Spring 2013] Read less
Works on This Recording
Symphony no 9 in D majorby Gustav Mahler
Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic Written: 1908-1909; Austria
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Mahler loverFebruary 26, 2013By W. Schneider (yaphank, NY)See All My Reviews"This is a very good rendition of the 9th.The music is full,warm,and well played.The recording does not have any harshness or the over brightness that too many cd,s have.I would recommend this to anyone that loves Mahler and I look forward to the next recording of maestro Dudamel and the L.A. Philharmonic.-Well done"Report Abuse