Tuesday, October 30, 2007

YouTube of Shostakovich 10 with Gustavo Dudamel & Simón Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela

Tonight I ran across this clip on YouTube of Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela playing the second movement of Shostakovich's 10th Symphony from their August 19th performance at the Proms. In addition to being one of the most exciting renditions of this movement I've heard, the tempo is also one of the fastest, on par with the tempo of Mravinsky's legendary recording with the Leningrad Symphony on Erato.

Un-freaking-believable. And also keep in mind that this is a youth orchestra.

1 comment:

  1. It looks like the conductor Dudaml is very into the music-with expressive gesticulations-unlike many modern conductors who look like statues. I beleive that a conductor should be as expressive as the music dictates,like Bernstein and unlike Mazzel,for example. Another note-I heard a live shostakovich 5th a few years back played by the Detroit Symphony,Nemee Jarvi conducting. Jarvi is a fine shostakovich interpreter. The performance was great.Long live Shostakovich! Shostafan