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Performer: Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela

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Dudamel conquers Barcelona with Beethoven

Gustavo Dudamel © Nohely Oliveros
In Barcelona, Gustavo Dudamel and Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela continued their Beethoven cycle with performances of the Fifth and Sixth. 
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Dudamel and the Bolívars: a “socks-on” kind of ensemble

Maestro Gustavo Dudamel and the musicians of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra are undoubtedly the most prominent ambassadors for Venezuelan orchestral music today, and they hit the stage on Friday for their second night at Carnegie Hall’s opening weekend.
***11
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Cecilia Bartoli as Maria in Salzburg

A case of “seeing double” in Salzburg, as Cecilia Bartoli brings West Side Story to her Whitsun Festival. 
***11
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“Beer and beard”: Barenboim’s ruminative Brahms

An ambitious undertaking to perform both Brahms' piano concertos on the same programme, but not one that succeeded in this performance at the Royal Festival Hall.
**111
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A supreme love: Turangalîla-symphonie in London

Massive forces played with great precision and exquisite sound and balance in Messiaen's complex Turangalîla-symphonie, under the baton of Dudamel.
***11
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Lost in translation: Big band Stravinsky

Rising superstar Gustavo Dudamel led mixed interpretations of two of Stravinky's best-loved scores; consistently good orchestral playing was augmented by occasional glimpses of brilliance. 
***11
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