Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Deutsche Grammophon Releases All-New Box Set of Gustavo Dudamel Leading the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
I listened to this album over the weekend. It was on my list of things to do, which typically means I'd get through it once while I was occupied with other things. Then my playlist would move on to other albums and I'd not notice. Boy was I wrong.
The CD captured my attention 2'38" into the first track, Feirlich, Misterioso from Bruckner's 5th Symphony, with the bold statement of the full orchestra. I love this symphony and have several recordings of it. How I missed the sumptuous opening horn is still a mystery. Dudamel captures the intensity of the music - the passion. The power of the orchestra reaches out and grabs you, then disappears to hide behind a veil of woodwinds. Pull back the veil and be caressed with the rich melody in strings and woodwinds. It's as if you're walking through the fairytale world of the German countryside.
The Sibelius is a very different piece of music. The third movement Vivacissimo is frantic with sweeping strings and brash exclamations by the brass.. The Nordic world has both Hans Christian Andersen and Jean Sibelius who bring to life very different way. Through stories, Andersen paints a world of mystery and wonder, steeped in emotion. Often called the "Symphony of Independence", Sibelius paints a world filled with possibilities, yet also fraught with emotion. The subtleties are beautifully captured in this recording bring the music to life, the possibilities to the forefront.
Perhaps I should give a full review... but I'd rather sit back and listen to a wonderful recording where both the conductor and orchestra understand the intimacy of the music they play. They invite you into their world and you're so very glad they did.