Dudamel conducting Bernstein’s ‘Mambo’ is possibly the most deliriously infectious orchestral performance of all time

22 August 2016, 11:07

dudamel conducting mambo

When Gustavo Dudamel’s legendary Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela played a New Year’s Eve Concert in their native Caracas, there was only one way to finish it.

Leonard Bernstein’s ‘Mambo’ from West Side Story has all the ingredients of a great encore piece, but when you get a firebrand conductor like Gustavo Dudamel involved, it suddenly becomes a real event.

Want some more joyous Dudamel? Listen to the Full Works Concert tonight from 8pm >

This performance from 2007 shows exactly what happens when you combine these elements (it’s a massive party, obviously):

You go guys.

Classic FM Apps

Get the Classic FM app for iPhone, iPad and Android - now with HD audio

Musical abbreviations quiz

You won’t get 20/20 on this quiz if you don’t know your musical abbreviations

musician would you rather

This musician edition of Would You Rather is completely excruciating

greatest best man speech

Everyone is saying this pianist gave the greatest best man speech of all time