Notes & Reviews:
Claudio Abbado and his hand-picked players of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra take their acclaimed Mahler cycle to a new level with this performance of the most compelling of the symphonies, the intense, searching Ninth. Abbado brings all his renowned clarity of vision and the experience of a lifetime to this contradictory music - half valedictory, half life-affirming - and his "orchestra of soloists" revels in the transparent textures and virtuosity of Mahler's last completed symphony.
"Abbado's Mahler is always superlative, but this was wonderful. Lucerne means a lot to him, as does this orchestra, his pride and joy... Almost unbelievably luminous textures, such refinement that the music seems spun from light. Each new stage reached leads to another, even more rarified, like air in the Alps, the purer the higher you go. At the end, Abbado looked exhausted, like he'd been reaching the peaks in his soul." -Classical-Iconoclast
... the results, musically and technically, are every bit as spectacular as the earlier discs. Abbado's identification with what is arguably Mahler's most profound purely orchestral utterance is complete, the sound is superb, and the video editing is informed by a sophisticated comprehension of the music. Beyond that, the deep bond of artistic understanding that Abbado has established with the Lucerne players comes through your speakers and television monitor in a way that transports one to the Swiss venue in August of 2010. The audience sat in stunned silence for nearly two minutes after the final notes died away. You will, too.
Run Time: 95 min.
Picture Format: Blu-Ray, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, DTS HD Master Audio, Dolby Digital 5.1
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Works DetailsMahler, Gustav : Symphony no 9 in D major
- Conductor: Claudio Abbado
- Ensemble: Lucerne Festival Orchestra
- Period Time: Post Romantic
- Form: Orchestral
- Written: 1908-1909