Which animal is Yuja in Dudamel’s filmed Carnival?

Which animal is Yuja in Dudamel’s filmed Carnival?


norman lebrecht

March 07, 2021

Filmed at the empty Hollowood Bowl (sic).

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  • sam says:

    Interesting to see the former principal flute of the Met here on the LA stage, in fact, one of the uncanny aspects of the Met broadcasts is to spot the then-principal winds who were lucky to enough to make it out, snagging similar positions in the Big Five, before the current nightmare that is besieging the Met orchestra.

  • Alexander says:

    Since Yuja is swift with/on her hands she is any animal which is prompt 😉 as far as I could understand the next movement of the show is to be Mussorgsky’s “Pictures” 😉

  • Roman says:

    I’m risking to get another hundred of dislikes, but I found this performance amazing. Including Yuja. The only “animal” in this carnival I could compare her is a pianist.

  • steveb says:

    Sex panther?

  • nyc person says:

    Really enjoyed this performance tho I did skip the narration bits. The heat lamps were interesting to see- especially the one so close to the Princ Cellist’s instrument. I only wish that for Elephants the basses didn’t sound like they were at a different venue.

  • Peter says:

    A good performance. Thank you.
    Is it too much to hope that the comments are not marred by the lewd, tedious and generally un-funny remarks from some SD trolls.

  • Leo Doherty says:

    I really enjoyed this new version and I thought young Martin was a brilliant story teller. Thank you Gustavo, all the soloists and orchestra and of course slipped disc for letting us see and hear this.

  • Tony Sanderson says:

    I enjoyed the cartoons. I thought they gave the performance something original and added to the fun of the music.

  • microview says:

    Interesting to hear how Dudamel pronounced ‘Yuja Wang’ in his (tedious) intro with child. Was he right? I skipped the rest

  • Mick the Knife says:

    A fox?

  • E says:

    In the aquarium…the piano is even more important than elsewhere, though very delicately so.

  • CYM says:

    A bit chaotic. The narration sounded faked, not even cute and unnecessary. Performance was missing too many passages from the original score.
    It is frustrating, considering the superb quality of the two pianists and conductor, the beautiful sound of the musicians in orchestra, even reduced to a small number. The sound and filming was superb as well.
    – How about a complete performance, with no narration ?
    I beg for it !

  • hmmb says:

    Of course, one of the squirrels, failing that a pianist!

  • yujafan says:

    less Dud Dude, more Fab Yuja please

  • John Borstlap says:

    The delicious sense of humor of Saint-Saëns and his marvellous craft gave this piece eternal life.

    The version played here is the one with the exclusion of the shark, the camel and the bird spider, which were deemed too close to certain important personages in Parisian music life at the time.

    • Peebs says:

      It would be so interesting, if only that were true.

      • John Borstlap says:

        “My dear little wife went to the concert you advised last week, and came home laughing…. who would have thought the old fox had some humour after all? Especially d’Indy being referred to as a camel seems quite appropriate to me as, you will forgive me, the spider’s reference to…. yes, you, dear Jacques! No doubt your putting pressure on your suppliers got round. So… do give me more time for Iberia and you’ll see how well it will have been spent.”

        Letter of Debussy to his publisher Jacques Durand 13 March 1907.

  • Fan says:

    Never care for Carnival of Animals but this looks fun. Probably the piece is meant to be a multimedia spectacle. Britten’s Young Persons’ Guide, however, has intrinsic musical values.

  • M McAlpine says:

    Real fun! Have to show it to my grandchildren. Please remind the critics this is a fun piece and not a Bach cantata.