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Thursday, October 06, 2016

Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela at Carnegie Hall Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela at Carnegie Hall (Ramin Talaie for NPR)

Audio: The broadcast of this concert is available above.

On Thursday, Oct. 6, WQXR broadcast Carnegie Hall's opening night gala concert featuring the captivating Gustavo Dudamel leading the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela.

The dance-themed program features two pieces originally written as ballets: Ravel's La valse, an homage to the Viennese waltz, and Stravinsky's riot-inducing The Rite of Spring.

WQXR's Jeff Spurgeon co-hosts the broadcast with John Schaefer, host of WNYC's New Sounds.

Program details:
Ravel: La valse
Stravinsky: Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring)
Selected dances from around the world:
Brahms's Hungarian Dance No. 5
Copland's "Hoe Down" from Rodeo
Strauss's Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka
Ginastera's "Malambo" from Estancia
Bernstein's "Mambo" from West Side Story

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Comments [3]

Robert Splittgerber from PA

I was so confused wondering why I was hearing the sound twice, out of synch. Unfortunately, my addled brain finally figgered out closing QXR might help. It did, near the end. So I'm hoping to find time to replay the concert . . . not an easy thing. But yes, this ensemble and Dudamel are extraordinary.

Oct. 17 2016 11:10 AM
Michael Spudic from New York

Extraordinary evening, what a tremendous gift to experience this way opening night at Carnegie Hall. Thank You!

Oct. 06 2016 08:56 PM
Les from Miami, Florida

I think the ensemble is superb and the level of execution for an orchestra whose age is relatively so young is nothing less than awesome and inspiring. Concerning "La Valse", dedicated to Misia Sert, has a tempo marking of "Mouv.t de Valse viennoise" and I didn't think the opening depicted that. For me it was too slow. The tremolos in the flute were excellent. I liked the elasticity of tempo at Number 24 but the finale starting at number 100 "Pressez jusqu'`a la fin" (societal breakdown/collapse?) was spot on. "Le Sacre du Printemps" certainly did provoke a riot, but only at the premie're with the dancers and not at an immediately following concert performance also conducted by Pierre Monteux. I thought the fermata before "Spring Roundelays (written) and the one before the last chord of "Danse Sacrale" (not written) were too long for my sensibility. The polyrhythms of "Procession of the Oldest Sage" and polymeters practically throughout held no terrors for these artists. I wonder what
Saint-Sae"ns, who was so outraged hearing it while sitting in the box with Madame Monteux at the premie're, would have thought seeing these young artists perform the ballet score so masterfully had he wondrously lived to see this performance in the 21st Century?

Oct. 06 2016 08:35 PM

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