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Gustavo Dudamel gets to the heart of Tchaikovsky's appeal
Gustavo Dudamel gets to the heart of Tchaikovsky's appeal

We cannot escape Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. On Thursday, Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, with help from the Símon Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, begin an 11-day TchaikovskyFest at Walt Disney Concert Hall that will include the Russian composer's six symphonies along with other orchestral and chamber works. But unlike other festivals — and especially the Mahler Project, Dudamel's concentrated traversal through nine symphonies with the L.A. Phil and his Bolívars two years ago — the TchaikovskyFest has no musical frame. Mahler symphonies, though not uncommon, are massive, and each is an event, while Russia's most...

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