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Lest we forget (and how could we?): Gustavo Dudamel led the first concert of his tenure in Los Angeles this weekend. And it wasn't even his official opening concert with the L.A. Philharmonic. But his "Bienvenido, Gustavo!" event at the Hollywood Bowl on Saturday had international buzz, live Internet presence, enthusiastic participation from a wide audience, and a number of critics. Even the latter got excited. Mark Swed, in the Los Angeles Times, called it "a Beethoven Ninth to be remembered." Anthony Tommasini, in the New York Times, was more cautious, but observed that "the finale... was exhilarating." Even Variety weighed in -- and waxed enthusiastic. The lovefest continues.

By Anne Midgette  |  October 5, 2009; 10:45 AM ET
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As it happens, I just came back from Japan, and it was so refreshing to see no Duda-mania, nor Netrebko-mania. Indeed, Dudamel's recordings, while available, had to leave space to those of the great masters of the past: Furtwängler, Klemperer, Celibidache, Munch, etc. (love this country, must go back soon!)

As I said before, I believe that Dudamel is a talented conductor and I see no reason why he can't grow with the LAPO, but I am afraid that the hype may harm him in the long run.

Posted by: cicciofrancolando | October 5, 2009 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of Japan, I must recommend a CD that I bought: a live concert from Tokyo of the London Philharmonic under Klaus Tennstedt: Schubert 8, Bruckner 4th, both of them interpretations for the ages. Yes, being live, there is some untidiness and a sour oboe, but the playing is generally good, and with conducting like this, who cares?

Posted by: cicciofrancolando | October 5, 2009 10:08 PM | Report abuse

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