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Mahler & Prokofiev / Abbado/Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Yuja Wang [DVD]

Album Summary

>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 1 in D major "Titan"
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 3 in C major, Op. 26
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The charismatic and inspiring Claudio Abbado and the mesmerizing young pianist Yuja Wang, with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, hold the audience spellbound in this opening concert of the 2009 Lucerne Festival. Prokofiev's popular and vibrant Third Piano Concerto demonstrates the composer's sharp musical wit, and Yuja Wang is a brilliant exponent of the work. Following this, and chiming beautifully with the festival's theme of the relationship between art and nature, Mahler's First Symphony is given an illuminating and rapturously received performance.

"Every visual detail caught by the eye becomes woven into the aural tapestry of Mahler's First Symphony. The tension is high from the beginning as spring rustles into life. Abbado carefully paces each surge in energy, each mood transformation. Every climax rings out with exultation." - The Times, 2nd July 2010

"If the composer had died after writing this, you'd imagine - from Claudio Abbado's performance with his good-looking once-a-year superband, at least - that his mission on earth was already perfected... Abbado's rubato reaps wonders in the songs and country dances, but it's in the finale that he dares most. No wonder the audience goes wild." -BBC Music Magazine

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 93 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1



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Works Details

>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 1 in D major "Titan"
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Ensemble: Lucerne Festival Orchestra
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: circa 1888

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Concerto for Piano no 3 in C major, Op. 26
  • Performer: Yuja Wang (Piano)
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Ensemble: Lucerne Festival Orchestra
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1917-1921