Tchaikovsky & Shakespeare: Gustavo Dudamel (CD)
Gustavo Dudamel, the “energetic ambassador for classical music” (Vanity Fair), conducts symphonic pieces derived from Shakespeare as reimagined in music by Tchaikovsky. Unlike the fantasy overture, Romeo and Juliet, which is a program piece, Hamlet is more mysterious and less literal in the way its thematic material is developed. In every case, Dudamel elicits the most appropriate interpretations imaginable from his electrifying Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra. He conclusively demonstrates that in addition to being able to generate excitement, he is a sophisticated musical thinker.
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