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The Promise Of Music [DVD] [2008]

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  • Actors: Simón Bolivar Orquesta Sinfónica, Gustavo Dudamel, Felix Mendoza, Jhoanna Sierralta, Katherine Rivas
  • Directors: Enrique Sánchez Lansch
  • Writers: Enrique Sánchez Lansch
  • Producers: Bernhard Fleischer, Christian Berger, Christoph Lanz, Rolf Rische
  • Format: AC-3, Classical, Colour, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, PAL
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, German
  • Dubbed: Castilian
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Deutsche Grammophon
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Aug. 2008
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001BWQVUO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,025 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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This is one of the best things I have Ever purchased. The quality of the recording and cinematography are of the highest order. But the music, the energy, the background (scenic and social) are absolutely superb. A symphony of superlatives perhaps. It is educational, entertaining, interesting and profoundly inspiring. The remarkable story tells itself but on reflection you realise the expertise that has gone into the whole project. I cannot recommend this highly enough - for children, for teachers, for music lovers, or just people keen to expand their knowledge and experience.
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If there's one DVD to be imagined that can win youngster for classical music, this is the one! Why? I live in a fairly prosperous city with a symphony orchestra of its own. It's a big budget orchestra with 100+ players. In the 1950s and 1960s this orchestra was famous (under van Otterloo) and later under Svetlanov it enjoyed a small renaissance. Nowadays many older people say goodbye to city life and they're replaced by younger people from Turkish and Moroccan decent. They don't think about, know, care for classical music and so the annual amount of visitors for the orchestra has dwindled from 78,000 to 47,000 in a few years. The concerts I visit are very very quiet. Spooky. Last time I wondered: what could really challenge this orchestra, this city? They get their monthly payment, they're subsidised (5 million euro's for 2 years), they look a little bit bored with the music, I never really see them laugh or enjoy their work...

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....
Marvellous!!!
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the promise of music is the title and it keeps to it's promise. there is a lot to learn from the interviews, they are subtiteled but you don't notice it as the content is so interesting. so go for it.
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2007 was a the year of the major breakthrough of the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra Venezual in combination with their musical director Gustavo Dudamel on the international platform of classical music for the international audience : Lucerne - Salzburg and here Bonn.

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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Excellent value for money, with an interesting documentary giving an insight into the working of the music education system in Venezuela. If you love the SBYOV then this is a must! The only disappointment I thought was the subdued reaction of the audience at the end. Yes they're not the Berlin Philharmonic playing Beethoven, but definitely more exciting!
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A full length documentary that I saw originally on TV and decided I had to have it when I discovered it was available on DVD. All good but performance of Huapango is something else. The enthusiasm of the young orchestra really comes across, and this on one music video that repays watching, rather than simply listening.
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