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Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 "Eroica" / Gustavo Dudamel

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica"
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : The Creatures of Prometheus, Op. 43
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Egmont, Op. 84
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Gustavo Dudamel and the Simon Bolivar Orchestra bring their unique energy to one of the summits of the orchestral repertoire - Beethoven's mighty Symphony No. 3, the "Erotica".

Beethoven's third symphony is not only one of this most personal works - powerful in both grandeur and pathos - but also the source of some of classical music's most instantly recognizable melodies.

The album also includes two of beethoven's best-loved overtures, Egmonst, inspired by Goethe's play, and the ballet, The Creatures of Prometheus.

The combination of powerful, accessible repertoire, Dudamel's irrepressible charisma and the remarkable story of the Simon Bolivar Orchestra make this recording not only desirable for Dudamel fans and those of Beethoven's music, but a must for anyone wishing to discover the power of classical music at its very best.

Feted like a rockstar in his homeland, Gustavo Dudamel was recently awarded a Grammy for Best Orchestral Recording of 2011. His epic cycle of Mahler symphonies in Los Angeles and Caracas made hm front page news in The New York Times and his record-setting Mahler 8 was shown live in hundreds of cinemas around the world. Gustavo made a stellar debut in the Wiener Philharmoniker's prestigious subscription concerts in December and takes the Berliner Phiharmoniker on tour this this Spring.

This release ties in with several concerts of the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra in Europe.

The Times, July 2012
You can tell from the athletic and muscular first movement of Beethoven's Eroica that Gustavo Dudamel's esteemed musicians are still youthful in spirit. This is a performance with plenty of powerful cut and thrust, though not enough structural planning...[in the Egmont Overture] Dudamel builds the music's argument to a genuinely exciting conclusion.

American Record Guide, November/December 2012
So, three Eroicas, rather different from each other, but each with a strong, consistent viewpoint.

BBC Music Magazine, March 2013
This is the best conducting I have heard from Gustavo Dudamel, and the best playing from the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra...The playing on this disc is tremendous, with the orchestra providing a glowing central European sound.

Gramophone Magazine, October 2012
Take it for granted that the playing of the Simon Bolivar orchestra is very good. But Gustavo Dudamel isn't pre-eminent in confronting and realising the transcendence of a work totally new in its day.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Caracas, Centro de Acción Social por la Música (Sala Si (03/2012).


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Works Details

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica"
  • Conductor: Gustavo Dudamel
  • Ensemble: Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela
  • Running Time: 52 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1803

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : The Creatures of Prometheus, Op. 43 :: Overture
  • Conductor: Gustavo Dudamel
  • Running Time: 5 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1800-1801

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Egmont, Op. 84 :: Overture
  • Conductor: Gustavo Dudamel
  • Running Time: 9 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1809-1810