Libertador, Gustavo Dudamel's first soundtrack, and first composition to be released worldwide. Gustavo originally arrived to this project as musical advisor. Sometime later, Gustavo said he had come up with a melody that could work for the start of the film. He went to the piano and began playing the melody. When he finished playing, I think both of us realized that he had begun composing our soundtrack. Dudamel, who consulted with filmscore master John Williams in the preparations for this assignment, describes his soundtrack as atmospheric, post-Mahlerian music, full of tension, hope and struggle. The Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra and guests from the world of Venezuelan folk music lend the score a distinctive and irresistible Latin American flavor.
The old model for creating a hit classical recording – big-name soloist plus big-name conductor in major repertory work – is not so common anymore, but this live Brahms recording from the Staatskapelle Berlin under Venezuela's Gustavo Dudamel, with Argentine-Israeli-Palestinian-Spanish pianist Daniel Barenboim as soloist, shows that there's life in the concept yet. One could point to the virtues of pianist and conductor separately: it's a rare septuagenarian who can combine power and clear articulation of detail the way Barenboim does, and Dudamel builds a vast sweep in, especially, the Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15. But it's the way that the two work together that really makes news. Chalk it up to shared South American heritage or to whatever the listener wants, but the way the orchestra and piano define separate spheres and work them together is extraordinary. Again, it is in the Piano Concerto No. 1 and its Beethovenian drama that their mutual understanding is most evident, but there is a sense of great variety powerfully unified throughout.
L'istituzione dei ghetti ebraici accompagna l'avanzata tedesca nei territori orientali: prima in polonia, fin dal 1939, poi in Unione Sovietica dal 1941. Da Lodz a varsavia, da Minsk a Kaunas il ghetto diventa una caratteristica dell'occupazione tedesca, momento centrale- e contraddittorio- nella politica antiebraica del nazismo. Eppure quella dei ghetti è una storia ancora in buona parte da scrivere. Una storia fatta di sofferenza e ambiguità, di eroismi e paure, di centinaia di migliai di vicende individuali. Una storia in cui le domande restano ancora più delle risposte.