Gustavo Dudamel and the Wiener Philharmoniker release their latest recording with Deutsche Grammophon, an all-Russian album out now.The album couples two selections by Mussorgsky – Pictures at an Exhibition, orchestrated by Ravel, and A Night on Bald Mountain – with Tchaikovsky's Waltz from Swan Lake.
While making the album at Vienna's Musikverein in April 2016, Gustavo and members of the orchestra participated in workshops alongside young people from the El Sistema-inspired Superar. The program is based in one of Vienna's most ethnically and culturally diverse neighborhoods and offers music lessons to around 900 children between the ages of five and sixteen.
"For our current recording project, a wonderful program of Russian delights, the Wiener Philharmoniker and I have joined forces with children from Superar, offering young people of a range of backgrounds the opportunity to engage with themes from Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition," says Gustavo. "The sense of collective engagement through music – of individuals learning, listening and creating together – resonates in the living tradition of the Wiener Philharmoniker, inspires our artistic collaboration and fuels our desire to share music's transformative power with future generations."