wed 01/12/2021

Venezuela

CD: Devendra Banhart - Mala

Devendra Banhart has never been afraid to push boundaries and mix genres. Still, of all the ways the once-prolific songwriter could have chosen to return, releasing a dance album is surely one of the least likely.It’s why “Golden Girls” - the dense...

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Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, Dudamel, Royal Festival Hall

Standing ovations. Spontaneous genuflections. A we-can-change-the-world lecture. This must be what's it like to live in a Communist state. Funnily enough, the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra, who we were saying goodbye to last night in the...

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theartsdesk in Raploch: Sistema Scotland Makes Big Noise

For perhaps the most widely cheered orchestra on the planet, it doesn’t look like much of a concert venue. Fenced in with wire, flanked by a road which leads away to low-rise housing, a scrappy patch of scrubland stretches over a few nondescript...

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theartsdesk Q&A: Conductor Gustavo Dudamel

At the Royal Albert Hall one summer evening in 2007, a teeming ensemble of young South Americans served up a BBC Prom that is the most YouTubed classical concert this side of the Three Tenors. Under the baton of the compelling Gustavo Dudamel, an...

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BBC Proms: Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, Dudamel

Marley & Me: that’s the film about living with a neurotic dog, out now on DVD. And Mahler & Me? It could be the Gustavo Dudamel story. Conducting Mahler was what first brought everyone’s favourite Venezuelan to world attention, when he won...

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Royal New Zealand Ballet, From Here to There, Barbican Theatre

Simmons's 'A Song in the Dark': Simple, graceful moves with spacious shape and depth

All ballet companies dream of finding a genuine creative talent among their ranks, and the Royal New Zealand Ballet, visiting from the farthest end of the world ballet map, have one in Andrew Simmons. The unknown name on their triple bill on this...

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Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, Vásquez, Royal Festival Hall

It's now 21 years since I first heard the then-untrumpeted protégés of El Sistema, the Venezuelan phenomenon which has launched a thousand youth-and-music projects worldwide. On that occasion the Royal Festival Hall was less than a quarter full, but...

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theartsdesk in Berlin: More Venezuelans, Even Younger

Just seconds into a performance by the Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil Teresa Carreño it is immediately clear what Sir Simon Rattle meant when he said, “I have seen the future of music.” The passion and physical and mental energy with which they play,...

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Flamenco Sin Fronteras, Paco Peña Dance Company, Sadler's Wells

Spain and Venezuela are two countries divided by a common language - in dance and music, as well as in culture. Hence the hook for Paco Peña’s latest production, Flamenco sin fronteras, which while wearing a faintly anthropological air also packs a...

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Classical Music CDs Round-Up 9

Zoltan Kodály devised the hand signals which accompany the UFO's five-note signature  in Close Encounters of the Third Kind

This month’s selection includes a flamboyant fin-de-siècle Italian symphony that could give you a nosebleed. A little-known American band provide a fresh take on a British 1930s warhorse, and classy Viennese musicians play some delectable...

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theartsdesk in Helsinki: Sunflowers By the Frozen Baltic

Venezuela's joyful musical education programme known as El Sistema is the phenomenon of the age, the success story that many western countries now seek to replicate. And that's great. But Britain, for a start, might re-engage its own back-to-basics...

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theartsdesk in Lucerne: Simón Bolívar Meets William Tell

Glaciers melted early this year when a Venezuelan army of well over 100 generals arrived in central Switzerland. The Swiss spring coincided with their visit, a gentle thaw with bees buzzing confusedly around the primroses, snowdrops and winter...

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