VENEZUELA AND ITS MUSICIANS
An eternal quest for expression
Some recent articles, public comments and even a book about the musical life in Venezuela that I have been reading have prompted me to write down a few facts in order to illustrate something about a subject that is seldom talked about.
In a way I’m grateful that English and North American critics are taking an interest on Venezuela and its musicians, The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Daily Mail, The LA Times, Classical Music Magazine have dedicated articles where people have commented, sometimes with address and sometimes showing total ignorance and disrespect for the subject, its history and its protagonists.
I will try to be brief and will only give some historical dates, common knowledge for Venezuelans, but not for the rest of the world as it seems.
Venezuela –its origins /history
Christopher Columbus sailed along the eastern coast of Venezuela…
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On the 8th and 9th of January 2015 I had the opportunity of listening to the Simón Bolívar Orchestra conducted by Gustavo Dudamel at the Royal Festival Hall on two different programmes containing Beethoven 5th Symphony, Wagner’s Entry of the Gods into Valhalla from Das Rheingold, Siegfried’s Rhine Journey from Gotterdammerung, Siegfried’s Death and Funeral Music from Gotterdammerung, Forest Murmurs from Siegfried, Ride of the Valkyries from Die Walküre and as encore Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde.For the second programme they played Julian Orbón’s 3 Versiones sinfónicas and Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No.5.
I also could make it to the two rehearsals and I am writing this little note to make sure I never forget what a beautiful musical moments I lived in those circumstances, listening to nearly 200 Venezuelan musicians perform under the marvellous baton of Gustavo Dudamel. There was a deep search technically and…
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The Venezuelan pianist Clara Rodríguez played on Saturday February 7th in Kew,in the enchanting borough
of Richmond, very close to the world famous botanical park of Kew Gardens.
The concert , to a full house , was held in the beautiful church of St. Anne’s – built in 1714-
under the auspices and by invitation of the Kew Sinfonia conducted by Marc Dooley .
Clara Rodriguez was the soloist in the virtuoso Concerto No 1 in E minor by Frederic Chopin .
The audience showed their appreciation to the artist offering her a long ovation, beautiful bouquets
of spring flowers and sending messages of congratulations .
On previous occasions Marc Dooley and Clara Rodriguez have shared the stage interpreting
the Schumann Concerto in A minor and the Third Concerto by Sergei Rachmaninoff in London’s
St. John’s Smith Square.
Clara Rodriguez performs regularly in Europe and Venezuela . In 2014 she…
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