Los Angeles Music News Clip: Dudamel Returns to Conduct LA Philharmonic

 

Check out this interesting clip we found about Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Be sure to click through to read the rest of the story.

 

Gustavo Dudamel was back on the Los Angeles Philharmonic podium for the first time in four months over the weekend, such is the life of jet-setting super-conductors and their orchestras. Never mind. The music director and his musicians seemed to pick up where they left off, making terrific music together, Saturday night in a well-packed Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Dudamel and the orchestra are ramping up for a tour that will take them to London, Lucerne, Paris and New York, from mid- to late March. Over the next couple of weeks, the tour programs will be previewed in L.A. This time, though, the program, music by Wagner, Brahms and Schumann, wasn't going on the road.

Those who think Dudamel's stardom is based, at least in part, on his podium antics should have seen him Saturday night. His beats were small, calm and precise; he could have given Fritz Reiner a run for his money. His disavowal of hammering everything home gave the orchestra the freedom to play with a lively ease. Dudamel became a little more physically ebullient in Schumann's Third Symphony at the end, at least in parts, but I do not believe his feet became airborne all evening and his hair remained well-behaved….More at Dudamel returns to LA Phil with Wagner and Schumann – OCRegister