Waldbühne 2014: Gustavo Dudamel conducts Tchaikovsky and Brahms

Berliner Philharmoniker. "A Midsummer Night"

In 2014, Gustavo Dudamel was celebrating Shakespeare's 450th birthday at Berlin’s Waldbühne 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, held in the same impressive outdoor amphitheatre as every year. They played works by Tchaikovsky and Brahms.

Dudamel conducted 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 conducted the first of Johannes Brahm'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

Duration : 01 h 46 min
Location : Berlin Waldbühne (Berlin, Germany)
Production date : 2014
Production : © EuroArts / rbb

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