Conductor: Gustavo Dudamel
Orchestra: Simon Bólivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela
Gustavo Dudamel resumes his survey of the Mahler symphonies with this recording of the rare,
"The 7th is a symphony of everything", says Dudamel, "from chaos to glory, sarcasm to tenderness,
from a funeral march to a seductive tango. It is a cosmic symphony of perfect construction and
galactic emotional scope."
It was his triumph at the 2003 Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition in Bamberg that catapulted
Gustavo Dudamel to international stardom, and the music of Mahler has remained central not only to
his repertoire, but to his entire musical philosophy.
Over the last decade, Dudamel has grown along with his brothers and sisters from the Simón Bolívar
Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. No longer a band of Sistema Wunderkinder, the Venezuelan
orchestra together with its charismatic conductor, has conquered the great festivals and concert halls
of the world, energizing audiences and traditional symphonic repertoire through their musical
commitment, inexorable sense of rhythm and passion.