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The Promise Of Music [DVD] 
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Documentary feature about the story of Gustavo Dudamel and his Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela. The orchestra was founded in 1975 by the social crusader Jose Antonio Abreu with a specific dictum in mind: that in the poorest slums of the world, where drug addiction, crime and despair run rife, life can be greatly improved if children can be brought into an orchestra to play the overwhelmingly European classical repertoire.The story follows Dudamel, and the young musicians from among whose ranks he came, preparing in Caracas for an upcoming concert at the Beethovenfest in Bonn. The eventual performance is the climax of the film.
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Now have a look at this DVD and these young people and you'll have to admit there're still youngsters who're very determent to make a career in classical music. They play and enjoy themselves like hell and you smell the kind of life enjoying urgency to make the best of things possible. Which is, I think, harder in Venezuala than over here. If you compare things I think my home orchestra is a Museum for Ancient Art with the smell of rotting mushrooms and these Venezuelan youngster propel music right into the 21st century and all I see are bright colours, enthusiasm, making the most of your life, devotion, hope, perspective and all other positive things. And after all if that, imagine!, this has been filmed in a museum-like atmosphere the Beethovenhalle in Bonn, for all sake, is....
The documentary gives an overview of the preparation for the concert they gave during the Beethoven Festival in Bonn (2007 - Germany) : as you will see, it is astonishing how young people who did not live in the Europe environment and and do not have knowledge of the European history, are able to make a Beethoven sound (3th symphony was performed during the concert) with the aid of Gustavo Dudamel.
It show's how great Dudamel is as conductor ... and at the age of 26 at that time : he knows to deliver his knowledge of making music. It is very comprehensable that the Los Angeles Philharmonic elected Gustavo to their Musical Director at the age of 27.
The concert is even better : the atmosphere in the hall was electrifying : even on the DVD you can feel it. The interpretation of the Eroica Symphony is fantastic : not the high tempi, with which certain "modern" conductors want play the Beethoven symphonies, no, well balanced : the music gets his time to breath under Dudamel : exceptional for such a young conductor, who understands Beethoven completely. And the orchestra : also faboulous : the soloists are one by one very high standard players. Conductor and Orchestra set a new level of standard on which many countries can be jealous because they simply have no orchestra like this one.
The piece of Moncayo (Huapango) is a piece almost like composed for them : the perfect interpretation. And the encore - Ginistera's Mambo - sets a warm heartwarming end of the concert : it is encouraging to see how the public embrasses these young people in their musical heart with a cheering and standing ovation.
A must to have !!!!
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\\\\\\\\\\a higly individual interpretation well recorded.Published 20 months ago by john kemsey-bourne
All that one could want from such an exciting person as Gustavo Dudamel. Wonderful music, and great background material. Thoroughly worth while.Published on 29 July 2013 by kewsue