Gustavo Dudamel and his remarkable Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra introduced many to the Mexican composer Arturo Márquez, whose infectiously catchy Danzon No. 2 they made one of their signature pieces on their electrifying 2007 tour of Europe and the United States. The Márquez work is just one of a host of energetic, rhythmically vibrant pieces on this spectacular album. The young Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra plays with a zest and color that is totally infectious. From the opening Sensemayá by Revueltas—a fascinating and mesmerizing piece of orchestral magic—to Leonard Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, you won’t stop tapping your toes and humming these timeless tunes for days.

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