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Dudamel Conducts Mussorgsky

Conductor Gustavo Dudamel celebrates ten years of being a recording artist at Deutschland Gramophone with this new recording of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition, orchestrated by Maurice Ravel A Night on the Bare Mountain Tchaikovsky: Waltz from Swan Lake All performed by the Wiener Philharmoniker, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel. Celebrating ten years as an exclusive recording artist on Deutsche Grammophon, Gustavo Dudamel’s career has evolved from Venezuelan Wunderkind to one of the world’s most distinguished and sought-after Maestros. This recording, made with the Wiener Philharmoniker at Vienna’s Musikverein in April 2016, is an all-Russian album – it joins two works by Mussorgsky, Pictures at an Exhibition, in Ravel’s magnificent orchestration, and A Night on Bald Mountain, with the famous Waltz from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. The Viennese waltz kings and Dudamel gives this perennial ballet highlight a fresh, vibrant new reading – a perfect introduction to the festive season. Pictures at an Exhibition is one of music’s most transcribed, arranged and covered pieces, an inspiration to many artists and cited in popular culture on television, in film, and in video games. The brief, episodic structure of these works makes them ideally-suited for streaming and digital campaigns. Here is Gustavo Dudamel with some pictures of the kids who learn all about music from their Superar orchestra:


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