Waldbühne 2014: Gustavo Dudamel conducts Tchaikovsky and Brahms

Berliner Philharmoniker. "A Midsummer Night"

Gustavo Dudamel is back at Berlin’s Waldbühne for a Tchaikovsky-Brahms concert with the Berliner Philharmoniker.

Gustavo Dudamel, El Sistema's prodigy, has become an international celebrity. He is the current music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and is a leading character on the classical music scene. The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra has invited him for his Summer concert next June 27, held in the same impressive outdoor amphitheatre as every year. They will play works by Tchaikovsky and Brahms.

Dudamel will conduct two partitions by Tchaikovsky, inspired by William Shakespeare (who has inspired many other composers such as Verdi): the symphonic fantasy The storm, and the overture Romeo and Juliet, two works quite similar judging by their structure and the deep love issue they tackle. Last but not least, Gustavo Dudamel will conduct the first of Johannes Brahms’s four symphonies. About this partition, the romantic composer wrote : "Quite surprisingly, I would like to let you know that my symphony is long and not exactly loveable." Indeed, just like many other symphonies by Brahms, the opus 68 was composed for friends, rather than for an audience that was not supposed to understand it. Nonetheless, it is nowadays one of the orchestral works by Brahms the most loved and performed.

Picture: Gustavo Dudamel and the Berliner Philharmoniker © Holger Kettner.

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Broadcast date : June 27, 2014, 6:15 p.m.

Movie director : Henning Kasten

Location : Berlin Waldbühne (Berlin, Germany)
Production : Produced by EuroArts Music in co-production with SMG.

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