Their interpretation of his awe-inspiring Fifth Symphony reflects the composers burgeoning powers and exquisite compositional artistry. As The Guardian poetically states: The composer himself, one suspects, might have leapt to embrace Abbado as an ideal interpreter.
The sound is excellent, the camerawork sensitive and technically first-rate. Abbado himself is invariabley the main focus of attention and he's wonderful to watch: theatrical posing and outsize gestures are evidently foreign to his nature... The players vary in age and appearance: no stiffening dress-code clamps down the unwarranted formality, just well-dressed men and women totally into the business of making great music. And boy, do they deliver! --- DVD Choice --Rob Cowan, Gramophone
Best DVD Performance,Gramophone Awards,2012 --Gramophone
'Personal touches, uncovered by familiarity and affection, bestow light and warmth on what some hear as a forbidding, even impersonal monument... [with] overwhelmingly positive force: this takes a special, even unique, band of musicians and friends who (we can see) love what they do, making chamber music on the grandest scale.' --Gramophone Awards 2012 Issue - Peter Quantrill