“They came, they played, they conquered. Gustavo Dudamel and his Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra, the cream of Venezuela's music-educational system (“the most important thing happening in classical music anywhere invaded that staid Old World Musical Establishment citadel known as the Salzburg Festival and took it by storm. Martha Argerich was making arare Salzburg Festival appearance (only her second in the last 15 years), partnered by two virtuosos from a younger generation: violinist Renaud Capuçon and cellist Gautier. There is youthful spontaneity and impetuosity in abundance (from Argerich, too, naturally), but also subtle, energizing nuances of phrasing and dynamics. Romantic warmth in the slow movement yields to a high-speed finale - almost supersonic in the coda - with the soloists constantly challenging each other to feats of virtuosity. Aided by expert camera work, the chamber-musical teamwork and mutual inspiration in this Triple Concerto may even have greater impact on DVD than it did in the vast Salzburg auditorium. Expanded to monster proportions for the Pictures - 14 double basses! - the SBYOV delivers awesome weight when weight is required (“Catacombs", “The Great Gate of Kiev"), but also the most delicate soft playing when that's called for. These musicians constantly astonish us with tonal beauty and refinement (the hushed, spiritual quality in “Cum mortuis") as well as iron discipline and absolute concentration (listen to “Baba Yaga" or the prestissimo bustle of the “Limoges Market"). Music-making doesn't get more viscerally exciting, more alive than this. Warning to home viewers: prepare to be stirred, shaken and moved to the core."
Format: DVD (Region 0)
Picture Format: 16:9/Filmed in HD
Audio: pcm stereo & dts 5.1(concert0; dts 5.0 (documentary)
Spoken Language: English; Subtitled in German, French, Spanish and Chinese
Release Date: 2009
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
Beethoven: Concerto for Piano, Violin, Cello and Orchestra
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition; Orchestration by Maurice Ravel
Johann Strauss I: Radetzky-Marsch"
Ginastera: Danza final(Malambo) from the Ballet Estancia op. 8
Bonus Features: Documentary: School of Listening(with Maestros Dudamel and Harnoncourt
Open Rehersal: Mahler: Symphony No. 1 with Dudamel and the SBYO.
Conductor: Gustavo Dudamel
Soloists: Martha Argerich; Renaud Capucon; Gauthier Capucon
Orchestra: Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra(SBYO)
Subscriber's Price: $26.95