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Tchaikovsky & Shakespeare ()

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Hot Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel has renamed his Sim?n Bol?var Youth Orchestra of Venezuela simply as the Sim?n Bol?var Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. This may somewhat diminish the "Waiting for Superman" aspect of Dudamel's celebrity, but the good news is that this disc delivers just what's needed in establishing him as a worthwhile star over the long term. The Tchaikovsky & Shakespeare album reproduces the program of a widely advertised and rebroadcast concert Dudamel conducted with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, recruiting Hollywood stars to read relevant passages from Hamlet , The Tempest , and Romeo and Juliet . The studio recording may be the superior idea, for Tchaikovsky's works, with the exception of the perennially crowd-pleasing Romeo and Juliet, are only loosely programmatic, and the orchestra's young musicians, products of the famed Venezuelan music education program known as El Sistema, acquit themselves admirably. Indeed, the strength of the performances lies... Hide synopsis

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