World-renowned and critically acclaimed conductor Gustavo Dudamel is indisputably one of the most decorated classical music conductors of his generation. Although he is recognized as one of the most prominent proponents of the works of Gustav Mahler, over the past five years Gustavo Dudamel has expanded his repertoire to include numerous recordings on the Deutsche Grammophon recording label, including a 2012 GRAMMY-winning Brahms Symphony No. 4, major operas, world premieres composed by such great composers as John Adams, and many other humanitarian efforts including the launch of The Dudamel Foundation, which is dedicated to furthering music education and social justice around the world.
This year’s community-wide season-opening festival in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of Walt Disney Concert Hall culminated in a gala performance at the Hall and subsequent Gala Week concerts through Sunday, October 6, 2013 with performances by the great piano virtuoso Yefim Bronfman, percussionist Pedro Carneiro, and the world-class Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra conducted by Gustavo Dudamel.
Sunday afternoon opened with the world premiere of Shing Kham composed by Peter Lieberson (realized by Oliver Knussen with the assistance of Dejan Badnjar). The 10-minute work was commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association (Gustavo Dudamel, Music Director) with generous underwriting from Marcia and Gary Hollander, and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation of Lisbon, Portugal. The percussion concerto featured percussionist Pedro Carneiro with the Los Angeles Philharmonic was earthy, impulsive and energetic. Carneiro designed instruments including a marimba with a damper pedal and oversized mallets designed specifically for this piece. The work was greeted with an enthusiastic and appreciative ovation.
Symphony No. 4 in C minor, D. 417, “Tragic” composed by Franz Schubert calls for his largest orchestra to date. The piece was ripe with enticing lyricism, harmonic language and rhythmic elements under Dudamel’s leadership which was dramatic as well as vivacious and relaxed. Overall, each movement was filled with a plethora of moods and originality and received a warm reception.
The final concert of this afternoon featured piano virtuoso Yefim Bronfman playing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concert No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23. Mr. Bronfman’s interpretation was brilliant and upon the conclusion of the concerto, his commanding technique and exceptional lyrical gifts received a triumphant reception that resulted in five standing ovations and a delightful encore played by Mr. Bronfman.
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