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Mahler: Symphony No. 9 / Gustavo Dudamel, Los Angeles PO

Album Summary

>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 9 in D major
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This is 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.

Celebrating one of the most energetic and exciting musical partnerships of our times.

The coming together of the very finest American orchestra, led with passion and vision by the unique force of nature that is Gustavo Dudamel.

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 Dudame's Mahler 9: "a powerful performance and the most audacious challenge yet for a fearless young conductor... He is a Mahlerian."

The release ties in with Gustavo Dudamel's presence in LA in February 2013, and with the European tour of the Los Angeles Philharmonic starting in London on March 14.

Sunday Times, 24th February 2013
Dudamel lovingly shapes this vast landscape, bringing to it an affirming view. He keeps everything moving along nicely, at least until those moments of the finale when all energies ebb away and we are left with those halting, bare lines.

The Times, 23rd February 2013
Although "the Dude" can be stilted in the first two movements, there are many compensations: gorgeous textures, powerfully rhetorical gestures and superb clarity. In the ethereal finale he doesn't reach the heights of Abbado or Haitink, but if you want a young man's view of mortality, this can't be bettered.

The Arts Desk, 16th March 2013
This new, live, Mahler 9 sounds impressive - microphones are closely placed and you really feel in the thick of things...Each precipitous climax is paced with mature skill, the tension cannily ratcheted up...It's really, really good, and Mahler anoraks will fondly recall Giulini's similarly broad 1970s recording.

BBC Music Magazine, June 2013
It wins a special place among many fine Mahler Symphony No. 9 recordings with its unflinching clarity and general spciousness...That may have something to do with the unflappable demeanour of the LA Phil; these top American players rarely get in a lather.

Gramophone Magazine, May 2013
Dudamel live in 2012 coaxes polished, full-throated playing in every department, brass strong and sure, strings positively luscious, woodwind responsive to every italicising demand...Many will appreciate Dudamel's boisterous engagement notwithstanding a tendency to pass over the longer line and with it Mahler's sense of foreboding.

International Record Review, May 2013
Dudamel's tempos are excellently judged as a basis and the orchestral playing at times approaches the superlative level...Time and again, throughout Dudamel's performance, one is impressed by the sheer musicianship and commitment of the playing.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles (02/2012).


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>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 9 in D major
  • Conductor: Gustavo Dudamel
  • Ensemble: Los Angeles Philharmonic
  • Running Time: 85 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1908-1909
  • Studio/Live: Live