The young Gustavo Dudamel is famous for his sparkling energy, and here he will conduct works that are equally borne by youthful élan. First, there’s the “Posthorn Serenade” by 23-year old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: jaunty and tight with splendid brass soli. Gustav Mahler, too, was only in his mid-20’s when he composed his First Symphony – a powerful, vernal start to a great career as a composer.
Serenade No. 9 in D major K. 320 Posthorn
Symphony No. 1 in D major
The Bamberger Symphoniker initiated the Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition in 2004, and the first winner was Gustavo Dudamel. Since then, the rising star of the international music scene, born in Venezuela in 1981, has been building a career that is without compare. Thanks to his musical temperament, his expertise at orchestral conducting and his personal charm, Dudamel not only acquired a reputation in no time at all as one of the hottest conductors of the younger generation, but has also won over greats like Sir Simon Rattle, Daniel Barenboim and Claudio Abbado to work with “his” orchestra: the Sinfónica de la Juventud Venezolana Simón Bolívar, the Venezuelan State Youth Orchestra “Simón Bolívar”.
A decade has passed since Gustavo Dudamel shone with Gustav Mahler’s Fifth Symphony at the final concert of the first Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition. Conducting the Berliner Philharmoniker, with whom Dudamel, according to the Tagesspiegel, gave the “coolest” debut of all time in 2008 at a concert in the Waldbühne, Dudamel will now put forward for discussion his interpretation of Mahler’s first symphony. The programme also includes Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s so-called Posthorn Serenade K. 320. An interesting combination, given that both Mozart and Mahler reflect folk music traditions in their compositions so as to transcend traditional genre limits.