The “Madness of Mahler’s Scores” – An Assessment

      Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil

      With a moment or two to breathe before the whirlwind that will be the Venezuela leg of The Mahler Project begins, it seems like a good time to look back on the project's course here in LA. And who better to do it than the cheeky West Coast Sound blogger for the LA Weekly?

      With a title like "Mahlerpalooza: Gustavo Dudamel Makes L.A. the Mahler Capital of North America," It sounds to us like the LA Weekly approves of a town like Los Angeles being overtaken by Mahler Madness. Here's our favorite part of their assessment:

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      And Now For Something Completely Different…

      If Gustavo leading more than 1,000 musicians in Mahler 8 can only be described as "epic" or "historic," then surely Gustavo (along with Elmo) conducting a sheep, an octopus and a choir of penguins singing Beethoven's Ninth would HAVE to be called...well, stupendous.

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      Mahler 8 – One Down, One To Go

      Saturday, FEB 4 will be a day that goes down in history for the LA Phil.

      It's not just that The Mahler Project was an ambitious undertaking - it was that, for sure. After all, a single conductor leading two orchestras through nine (and a half, by some estimates) symphonies in three weeks is no walk in the park.

      And it's not just that the spirit of Gustav Mahler made his namesake, LA Phil Music Director Gustavo Dudamel, take him at his word when he named his Eighth Symphony the "Symphony of a Thousand." He did. After all, when the final count was in, just over 1,000 musicians crowded onto the stage at the Shrine Auditorium to produce a concert so grand in scale that it's unlikely to be replicated in the near future. Right?

      Wrong. Because it WILL be replicated - in less than two weeks, from another country, on another continent. But, thanks to LA Phil LIVE, we'll all be able to see it - here in the U.S., in Canada, in Europe and Asia.

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      Worth A Thousand Words, Part III – The Big Day

      Gustavo Dudamel takes the podium in front of more than 1,000 musicians for one last run-through of Mahler 8.
      Gustavo Dudamel takes the podium in front of more than 1,000 musicians for one last run-through of Mahler 8.

      Three weeks of The Mahler Project here in Los Angeles, all leading up to this.

      Tonight, of course, is the once-in-a-lifetime performance of Mahler 8, the "Symphony of a Thousand," at the Shrine Auditorium.

      Over 1,000 musicians. Two orchestras. One conductor. And more than 6,000 concert-goers in attendance to see the music of Mahler at its most grand.

      These photos are from today's dress rehearsal - just imagine what it will look like tonight.

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