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Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 / Claudio Abbado, Lucerne Festival Orch.

Album Summary

>Bruckner, Anton : Symphony no 9 in D minor, WAB 109
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

In January 2014, music lovers worldwide were saddened to learn that Claudio Abbado had passed away.

Deutsche Grammophon feels immensely blessed and proud to be releasing together with Accentus Music Bruckner's Symphony no. 9 in D minor, which was recorded as part of Abbado's final concert.

A fitting tribute to an irreplaceable artist, who was one of the greatest conductors and most inspiring musical figures of our time.

With this record, Deutsche Grammophon and Accentus Music wish to pay tribute to the maestro and honor what would have been his 81st birthday at the end of June

Wall Street Journal
Mr. Abbado led an otherworldly account of Bruckner's 9th Symphony. Never have I heard as magisterial and moving performance of the work as that given by the 80-year-old maestro and his fabulous Lucerne Festival Orchestra.

Sunday Times, 20th July 2014
There is an intensity in the string-playing...and a sense of spiritual striving that culminates in one of the most awe-inspiring accounts of the great concluding adagio I have heard. This is a poignant memory of a magisterial interpreter: a Bruckner Ninth for the ages.

The Times, 25th July 2014
The spiritual intensity of [the slow] movement is quite special. Who needs Bruckner's uncompleted finale after this?...Abbado's forces never seem heavy. Slenderer passages have the intimacy of chamber music, the lines of melody delicately coloured and intertwined, deliciously played. Clearly recorded, too.

The Guardian, 24th July 2014
There was a transparency to [Abbado's Lucerne Bruckner recordings], which is beautifully captured again on this disc...in this final musical testament, time seems infinitely elastic, and everything has all the space it needs.

MusicWeb International, 30th July 2014
Abbado establishes tension right at the outset of the first movement, the horns calling across wide vistas...There is only one word to describe properly the performance of the great Adagio: magnificent. This is emphatically not an elegiac performance; rather, it's noble in character. Abbado shapes Bruckner's long paragraphs with complete understanding and always there's a wonderful sense of line. The playing is simply peerless.

Gramophone Magazine, September 2014
Abbado in Lucerne radiates clarity, wisdom and vision, qualities that over the years one had come to expect of him.


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>Bruckner, Anton : Symphony no 9 in D minor, WAB 109
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Ensemble: Lucerne Festival Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1887-96.
  • Running Time: 63 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1887-1896