The Venezuelan Brass Ensemble


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 AbreuTico Tico

Leonard Bernstein: “Mambo,” from Dances from the West Side Story

Felix MendozaGuerra de Secciones

Pedro GutierrezAlma Llanera

George Gershwin: “I Got Rhythm”






“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





“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



Europa Musicale

This live recording from the Munich Philharmonie features a programme of orchestral works and operatic arias by composers including Beethoven, Berg, Prokofiev, Giordano, Rossini and Verdi. Gustav Kuhn conducts the European Community Youth Orchestra, with a formidable array of internationally-acclaimed soloists - Francisco Araiza, Teresa Berganza, Edita Gruberova, Yevgeny Nesterenko and Boje Skovhus.



Gidon Kremer and the Kremerata Baltica

This recording shows the ensemble of bold young musicians performing Part's Trisagion for String Orchestra, Kancheli's V&V for Violin and Orchestra, Schnittke's Concerto for Three, Rota's Concerto Per Archi, and Piazzolla's Tango Ballet.





This dance film is the fruit of the relationship between choreographer Josette Baïz, director Luc Riolon and the children of a school in the suburbs of Marseilles. The choreography, created during Baïz's residency at the school, uses music ranging from modern pop and rock to flamenco and Arab music, reflecting the multi-racial mix of the pupils. The children who perform prove to be astonishingly gifted and professional.


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