Tag: Dudamel, Gustavo

The Fight Over ‘Tár’ Shows How Much We Conductors Love to Hate One Another

There are many reasons for this. Conductors are competitors. But judging how “good” we are is complicated because we live in a world of opinions, not score cards. Critics respond to the ephemera of our performances with indelible printed words, and far more people read those words than attend our performances. We appear to be […]

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Gustavo Dudamel: A Maestro at a Crossroads

LOS ANGELES — Gustavo Dudamel paused mid-Rachmaninoff the other morning and flashed a mischievous smile at the 92 players of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. “This part,” he said as they rehearsed at Walt Disney Concert Hall, “is like that aunt who kisses you too much.” He puckered his lips loudly three times. “My dears,” he […]

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In L.A., Gustavo Dudamel’s Influence Extends Beyond the Concert Hall

LOS ANGELES — For more than 13 years, Gustavo Dudamel has been the public face of an orchestra that became the envy of the nation and the pride of this city. He began his tenure as the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s music director in 2009 with a free concert at the Hollywood Bowl, followed by a […]

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New York Hails Dudamel as a ‘Monstro’ and a Boon to Young Musicians

Eduardo Cordova, a bartender at the Venezuelan restaurant Casa Ora in Brooklyn, greeted the naming of Gustavo Dudamel as the New York Philharmonic’s next music director and its first Hispanic leader with high praise. “He’s a ‘monstro,’” Mr. Cordova said, speaking in Spanish and using a slang term that translates as “monster” in English but […]

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New York Philharmonic Appoints Gustavo Dudamel as Music Director

Dudamel, who has been the music director of the Paris Opera since 2021, and of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela since 1999, was a favorite for the podium in New York as soon as it became vacant. In the fall of 2021, van Zweden announced that he would step down at the end […]

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Will Gustavo Dudamel Be the New York Philharmonic’s Next Leonard Bernstein?

So it makes perfect sense that Dudamel, a superstar, would be the choice after van Zweden, a minor character even within the music industry. Van Zweden, in turn, was a martinet specialist in the standards who seemed appealing as an about-face from Gilbert, less electric in the core repertory. Gilbert’s familial closeness to the Philharmonic — […]

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Gustavo Dudamel’s 10 Notable Recordings

If Gustavo Dudamel, the 42-year-old superstar maestro who on Tuesday was announced as the next music director of the New York Philharmonic, is known for anything, it’s the sheer energy of his performances. His body moves with dancerly charisma as his baton conjures extremities of orchestral sound; the music feels alive, and so do you. The […]

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