Claudio Abbado conducts Prokofiev, Berg and Tchaikovsky – With Anna Prohaska

Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela – Lucerne Festival at Easter 2010

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Gustavo Dudamel shares his baton with Claudio Abbado during a concert at the Lucerne Festival in 2010: the occasion for the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra to take advantage of the experience of one of the last truly giant conductor...

The Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela (shortened as Simón Bolívar Youth Orchesta) is an orchestra made up of young musicians stemming from the outreach program "El Sistema," set up by José Antonio Abreu and from which come an ever greater number of internationally renowned musicians. The Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra's current musical director, Gustavo Dudamel, is among these musicians the performer who has had the most notable success. He actively participates in increasing the international recognition of the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra around the world.

Recorded on March 2010, this concert was performed to a sell-out audience, which is (almost) always the case for the Venezuelian orchestra. Yet it must be added that the presence of the great conductor Claudio Abbado, as well as of the stunning Anna Prohaska in Berg's Lulu Suite and "Ach, ich fühl's" (from Mozart's The Magic Flute) did certainly much to attract a large audience. Indeed, the quality of the program, including works by Prokofiev, Berg and Tchaikovski, consecrated this concert as one of the Major event of the Easter 2010 muscial season. offers you to re-watch this exceptional concert in HD quality.

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