Gustavo Dudamel’s with the Canaries

Gustavo Dudamel’s with the Canaries


norman lebrecht

April 26, 2021

Covid gaps in his schedule have allowed the LA Phil and Paris Opera chief to sign on for more than a week at the International Music Festival of the Canary Islands in Tenerife.

He will lead two orchestras – the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and a youth ensemble of young Latin-Americans.




  • Gary Freer says:

    On the ball for once?

  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    He’s the canary in the coalmine?

  • Greg Bottini says:

    Bravo, El Dude!

  • Barry Guerrero says:

    I heard a very good, very mature Bruckner 9 on the satellite radio last week. When it was done, I was expecting the announcer would say it was somebody like Haitink, Klemperer, Wand, Giulini, etc. (it wasn’t slow enough to be Celibidache). It turned out to be Gustavo Dudamel with the Gothenburg Symphony (DG). His Mahler 9 from L.A. is as good as any in my vast collection (also DG).

    • Alank says:

      Funny. I heard only the last movement and I had the same shocking reaction. The orchestra sounded superb and the phrasing was beautiful.

  • Ulrich Brass says:

    Concerts at the Music Festival of the Canary Islands are performed in the two bigger islands: Tenerife and Gran Canaria

  • V.Lind says:

    Lucky him. Tenerife is one of the loveliest places on earth. If he’s smart, he’ll find a way to make this a regular spot on his schedule.

  • Anon says:

    Kind of insulting to the fine musicians of the Canaries – with 2 top notch full time symphony orchestras there – that he’s importing orchestras to conduct.

    He’s recently become a Spanish citizen. The govt. did him a big favor and fast tracked his citizenship, allowing him to jump the queue in front of people who’ve been waiting years.

    He be more of a conscientious citizen, IMHO, and show some respect for the country which granted him EU citizenship and work privileges. He should focus more on actually conducting Spanish orchestras. Physically being in Spain and importing whatever orchestra he wishes to conduct there is arrogant and irresponsible and shows no respect for the Spain and its orchestras.

    It’s an unfortunate echo of what his work in LA. He’s done very little to encourage US talent there and has chosen almost exclusively non-US conductors (heavy on the Venezuelans) for his Dudamel Conducting Fellowship.