LA Phil and Dudamel 12/7/14

December 12, 2014

I attended 2 programs of LA Phil concerts conducted by Dudamel for the last 2 weeks. The first concert included Reger: Four Tone Poems after Arnold Bocklin, Haydn: Cello Concerto in C with Gautier Capucon, and Schubert: Symphony No. 6. I know some of Reger’s works, but this tone poem was fresh to me. It is very poetic (!), imaginative, and lyrical. After Haydn’s energetic performance, we heard very charming (and not known) Schubert’s Symphony No. 6.  The second program was Salonen: Helix, Rachmaninov: The Isle of the Dead, and Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition. Helix (I think there are several metric modulations) is rhythmic driven and therefore is a rhythmic minimalism. I love it. Rachmaninov uses different harmonic languages in the Isle of the Dead than his signature works, such as piano concertos. It has a beautiful  story telling. And here comes Pictures at an Exhibition. I heard this so many many times, especially when I was very young. This performance made me feel so young. LA Phil had an amazing energy under the baton of Dudamel, including fantastic solos. My heart was beating fast. I was still singing Promenade when I went to bed.

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