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Andrew Mellor
Gramophone, August 2020

LA PHIL 100 – The Los Angeles Philharmonic Centennial Birthday Gala (Dudamel, Mehta, Salonen) (NTSC) 753408
LA PHIL 100 – The Los Angeles Philharmonic Centennial Birthday Gala (Dudamel, Mehta, Salonen) (Blu-ray, HD) 753504

A major birthday – filmed a century to the day since the LA Phil’s debut – marked by music and musicians with particular resonance for this fine orchestra. © 2020 Gramophone




Leslie Wright
MusicWeb International, July 2020

LA PHIL 100 - The Los Angeles Philharmonic Centennial Birthday Gala (Dudamel, Mehta, Salonen) (NTSC) 753408
LA PHIL 100 - The Los Angeles Philharmonic Centennial Birthday Gala (Dudamel, Mehta, Salonen) (Blu-ray, HD) 753504

The documentary provides a more or less chronological history of the LA Philharmonic with cameo discussions by conductors, Mehta, Salonen, and Dudamel; former CEO Deborah Borda, now CEO of the New York Philharmonic; current members of the orchestra’s staff; architect Frank Gehry; Los Angeles historian Andrea Thabet; LA Times music critic, Mark Swed and New York Times music critic, Zachary Woolfe; and several others. While the film primarily focusses on the history of the orchestra and the three performance venues, it also pays much attention to the city and its culture.

Throughout the documentary there are excerpts of performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 with Dudamel conducting, as well as other pieces, such as Le Sacre du printemps with Salonen. YOLA rehearses the Ode to Joy from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. There is a great deal of interesting information packed into this film. © 2020 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Bruce Surtees
The WholeNote, July 2020

LA PHIL 100 - The Los Angeles Philharmonic Centennial Birthday Gala (Dudamel, Mehta, Salonen) (NTSC) 753408
LA PHIL 100 - The Los Angeles Philharmonic Centennial Birthday Gala (Dudamel, Mehta, Salonen) (Blu-ray, HD) 753504

There are two DVDs. The Los Angeles Philharmonic Centennial Birthday Gala Concert was recorded live in the unique Walt Disney Concert Hall in October 2019. Zubin Mehta conducted the Prelude to Die Meistersinger and Ravel’s La Valse. Essa Pekka-Salonen conducted Lutoslawski’s Symphony No.4, and Dudamel offered a thrilling suite from The Firebird. Finally, a commissioned work by Daniel Bjarnason titled From Space I saw the Earth.

The second disc is an informative documentary, with lots of interesting interviews and commentaries about the founding and the growth of the orchestra. The New York Times in 2017, just before the 100th Anniversary, headlined that “Los Angeles Has America’s Most Important Orchestra. Period.” This unique and most interesting package is testament to that. © 2020 The WholeNote Read complete review



Kevin Filipski
The Flip Side, May 2020

LA PHIL 100 - The Los Angeles Philharmonic Centennial Birthday Gala (Dudamel, Mehta, Salonen) (NTSC) 753408
LA PHIL 100 - The Los Angeles Philharmonic Centennial Birthday Gala (Dudamel, Mehta, Salonen) (Blu-ray, HD) 753504

Last fall, the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s centennial concert brought together three of its best-known music directors—Zubin Mehta, Esa-Pekka Salonen and the current head of the orchestra, Gustavo Dudamel—for a satisfying 90-minute exploration of music from Wagner, Ravel and Stravinsky to the great Polish modernist Witold LutosÅ‚awski’s Symphony No. 4 and a new work by Daniel Bjarnason, From Space I Saw Earth, conducted by all three maestros. Hi-def audio and video are first-rate; lone extra is The Tradition of the New, a 52-minute documentary about the orchestra’s history. © 2020 The Flip Side





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