By Robert D. Thomas
Pasadena Star-News/San Gabriel Valley Tribune/Whittier Daily
With the opening of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 2012-2013
season upon us — the gala opening event is Thursday and the first subscription
seasons are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (LINK) — a final look at least season
has also popped up.
Last February’s concert telecast of Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 (Symphony of a Thousand) from Caracas,
Venezuela will be released tomorrow by Deutsche Grammophon on standard DVD and
Blu-Ray, as well as on iTunes.
The performance featured Gustavo Dudamel conducting the Phil
and the Simn Bolvar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, along with eight
soloists and a massive choir of young Venezuelan singers. The concert was
the culmination of last season’s “Mahler Project,” and was recorded live at the
Teatro Teresa Carreo in Caracas, Venezuela on February 18, 2012. The performance was broadcast live in
high definition in hundreds of movie theaters across North and South America. The
DVD and Blu-Ray feature bonus pre-taped footage used in the simulcast.
This LINK has reviews of the telecast (they’re at the bottom
of the post).
One other note: The vagaries of Dudamel’s schedule for the
upcoming season (he’s conducting just 10 subscription weeks at Disney Hall,
plus a concert leading The Colburn Orchestra and a Green Umbrella appearance)
means he’s leading the firs three weeks of the subscription season and then
doesn’t return until Feb. 19 when he leads The Colburn Orchestra. So, if you
need a “Dude” fix, you’d best make plans now.
(c) Copyright 2012, Robert D. Thomas. All rights reserved.
Portions may be quoted with attribution.