The Venezuelan Brass Ensemble
The Venezuelan Brass Ensemble—a highly-acclaimed group of nearly 50 brass and percussion players from the extraordinary Simón Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela—in a program including Mussorgsky, Abreu, Gershwin, Bernstein, and more. A live recording from the Konzerthaus, Berlin.
Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
Giancarlo Castro: Gran Fanfaria
Alejandro Scarpino and Juan Calderella: Canaro en Paris
Zequinha Abreu: Tico Tico
Leonard Bernstein: “Mambo,” from Dances from the West Side Story
Felix Mendoza: Guerra de Secciones
Pedro Gutierrez: Alma Llanera
George Gershwin: “I Got Rhythm”
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
“Since making their debut at the BBC Proms in 2007, the Venezuelan Brass Ensemble has wowed audiences with their energy and passion. Theirs is one of the few classical concerts where the audience knows that whooping and cheering is not off the cards. The ensemble’s 60 members did not grow up with a burning desire to grace the world’s concert halls with their musical talent. Instead they were fortunate to become part of the Sistema, a programme which has used classical music to tackle Venezuela’s social problems for over 30 years. The Sistema has helped turn thousands of children away from drugs, alcohol and gang crime by offering them free instruments and tuition after school. Thirty professional orchestras have sprung up as part of the programme, one of them being the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra created by its musical director Gustavo Dudamel, himself a product of the Sistema. The Venezuelan Brass Ensemble hails from Dudamel’s widely acclaimed orchestra….” --HispanicLondon
PRAISE FOR THE VENEZUELAN BRASS ENSEMBLE
“To end, the Suite from Bernstein’s West Side Story – a favourite of the main Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra – turned up in an arrangement for brass that was guaranteed to set the feet tapping with its high-volume, big band energy. Like any visit by young musicians from Venezuela, the feelgood factor here was as high as the decibel count…" –Financial Times
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