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Tchaikovsky & Shakespeare

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>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Hamlet Overture, Op. 67
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Tempest, Op. 18
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Romeo & Juliet

Album Summary

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Hamlet Overture, Op. 67
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Tempest, Op. 18
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Romeo & Juliet
Conductor Ensemble
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Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Gustavo Dudamel, the “energetic ambassador for classical music” (Vanity Fair), conducts symphonic pieces derived from Shakespeare as reimagined in music by Tchaikovsky.

Unlike the fantasy overture, Romeo and Juliet, and The Tempest, which are program pieces, Hamlet is more mysterious and less literal in the way its thematic material is developed. All three are luminously beautiful. In every case, Dudamel elicits the most appropriate interpretations imagineanle from his electrifying Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra. He conclusively demonstrates that in addition to being able to generate excitement, he is a sophisticated musical thinker.

In Demand around the globe, Dudamel is currently Music Director of orchestras on three continents: Sweden’s Gothenburg, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Venezuela’s Simpn Bolivar- and also in great demand as guest conductor for orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, Chicago Symphony, La Scala Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebow, Vienna Philharmonic, an others.

"There's a spookily brooding Symphonic Fantasy based on The Tempest, while the company's youthful cast brings a suitably enthused spirit to the Fantasy Overture, based on Romeo and Juliet. But it's the Fantasy Overture based on Hamlet that most impresses here: the prince's tortured soul clearly offers fertile parallels with Tchaik-ovsky's own troubled temperament." The Independent, 4th March 2011 ****

"Mature, vividly coloured performances...Much of the playing generates the virile exuberance for which the orchestra is famous. Dudamel harnesses this energy productively and to well-defined dramatic ends, tempering it with warm sensibility and commendable lack of indulgence in Tchaikovsky's more sentimental moments." The Telegraph, 6th March 2011 ****

"Performances are fervent and in every sense dynamic, requiring some adjustment of the volume switch to cope with extremes of pianissimo and fortissimo...Strings are full-blooded and lively in attack. Brass is fiery and manages to stay radiant rather than raucous." The Observer, 6th March 2011

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Sala Simón Bolívar, Centro de Acción Social por la Músi (02/2010).



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Works Details

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Hamlet Overture, Op. 67
  • Conductor: Gustavo Dudamel
  • Running Time: 18 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1888

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Tempest, Op. 18
  • Conductor: Gustavo Dudamel
  • Running Time: 24 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Romeo & Juliet
  • Conductor: Gustavo Dudamel
  • Running Time: 22 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1880