Sergio Tiempo and Gustavo Dudamel: Beethoven in Bogotá

30 June 2015

It seems only natural for pianist Sergio Tiempo to join Gustavo Dudamel and the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar de Venezuela in Beethoven’s towering Choral Fantasy this month at the Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo in Bogotá.

Sergio Tiempo has performed regularly with fellow-countryman and friend Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Orchestra. In an interview prior to the concert with Bogotá‘s new classical music magazine Tempo, he gives an insight into their journey together, and the establishment of a strong musical rapport. Tiempo recalls their first performance together many years ago, where they became friends and have since enjoyed a shared sense of brotherhood. The meaning of brotherhood is exemplified in all of Beethoven’s music, but especially in his Ninth Symphony. What could be more fitting to interpret than Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, says Tiempo, which is often thought to bear resemblance to the Ninth.

Tiempo and Dudamel’s partnership will continue next season as they perform Ginastera’s First Piano Concerto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in February and March. With performances in the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, New York’s Avery Fisher Hall, the Philharmonie in Paris and Luxembourg and London’s Barbican Centre, audiences in the United States and Europe will be able to witness their natural affinity first-hand.

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