Mahler- Symphony no. 2.
Israel Philharmonic Auditorium
At only 26, Venezuelan Gustavo Dudamel is one of the world's most sought-after conductors. A source of an electrifying energy, he inspired the IPO on Saturday night to one of its most memorable concerts this season.
The most notable characteristic of Dudamel's reading is his fresh insight. A young musician from a country far from the world's music centers, his interpretation seems to be free of the conventional tradition of previous Mahler interpreters.
His reading here was brilliant, transparent and pathos-free, bringing a completely fresh sound to this often-performed music.
His choice of Alto Britta Schwarz proved consistent with this view. The Baroque specialist sang her part with the utmost sensitivity and clarity. One must also commend the choir (the Israeli Opera Chorus) which proved rich and sonorous.
But the superlative-ridden performance was not completely perfect. One should note minor problems of coordination (especially with the choir), and a certain feeling that the reading was not completely free. However, these were only minor reservations; in sum it was a moving experience.
Gustavo Dudamel is scheduled for several other concerts with the IPO this week (with different programs), and all of them are highly recommended. This dynamo is sure to move you with whatever music he chooses to conduct.
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