Dudamel Conducts Beethoven 9 & Bernstein

Two works for orchestra with chorus showcase musical intensity and incisive detail in an expert pairing.

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  • BERNSTEIN: Chichester Psalms
  • BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125


  • Los Angeles Philharmonic
  • Gustavo Dudamel conductor
  • John Holiday countertenor
  • Julianna Di Giacomo soprano
  • Jennifer Johnson Cano mezzo-soprano
  • Michael König tenor
  • Davóne Tines bass-baritone
  • Los Angeles Master Chorale
  • Grant Gershon Artistic Director

About This Performance


Beethoven’s Ninth has become a touchstone of Western civilization, a musical icon, even a political symbol. But a masterwork’s reputation or place in history is not why we listen. We listen to Beethoven’s Ninth to experience first-hand, in real time, the power, the vision, the humanity Beethoven has crafted into sound. The Ninth ends in such a way as to make us want to stand and shout for joy. But, with a performance by Dudamel, we get even more. Every pitch, every articulation, every dynamic means something to him, and therefore to our personal experience. And all this focus on detail serves his integrated conception of the piece as a whole. We leave irradiated with aesthetic energy, having been present for a living, breathing work of art.

For three of these performances, the concert begins with Bernstein’s dramatic choral masterpiece, Chichester Psalms. As his text, Bernstein uses psalms in the original Hebrew: Part 1 uses Ps. 100 and 108; Part 2 uses Ps. 2 and 23; and Part 3 uses Ps. 131 and 133. Several sections employ unusual meters, giving the music great rhythmic drive.

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