Los Angeles Philharmonic / Dudamel

American Soundscapes from John Williams, Ginastera and Copland

22 March 2016 / 19:30

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Dudamel and the Los Angeles Phil: the world’s hottest young conductor and his dynamic orchestra begin an adventurous London residency.

When Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the result has been described as ‘virtual combustion’. So the world’s most explosive conductor / orchestra partnership ignite their Barbican residency exactly the way you’d expect – with four fresh modern classics from the New World.

Gustavo Dudamel’s name is a byword for innovation and energy, just as the LA Philharmonic is renowned for its virtuosity and flair. And they start their London residency the way they intend to go on: giving a jolt of electricity to New World classics by Ginastera and Copland, and sharing the colour and optimism of John Williams and Andrew Norman, composers aglow with Californian sunshine.

Listen to our LA Phil podcast for our interview with Andrew Norman, who speaks about his own work as well as the other American Soundscapes in the concert, below.

Watch the LA Phil and Dudamel perform John Williams' Soundings below.

Programme & Performers

John Williams Soundings (UK premiere)
Alberto Ginastera Piano concerto No 1
Andrew Norman Play: Level 1 (UK premiere)
Aaron Copland Appalachian spring (1945 orchestration)

Los Angeles Philharmonic
Gustavo Dudamel conductor
Sergio Tiempo piano

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