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Mahler; Prokoviev: Lucerne Festival: Mahler: Symphony No. 1; Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No.3) [Blu-ray] [2010] [NTSC]

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  • Actors: Yuja Wang (Piano), Lucerne Festival Orchestra
  • Format: Classical, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: EUROARTS
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Sep 2010
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0040Y7EUQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,415 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Like a cry of Nature'': thus the expression mark that opens Gustav Mahler's First Symphony and the programme of the Festival 2009 which takes up Nature as its guiding theme. Mahler, in the First Symphony, shaped the cry of nature'' into a musical vision of an entire human life in four stages from a spring-like upsurge of feelings through desire and suffering, to the end of earthly existence and the entrance into Paradise. The opening treats listeners to a spectacular début as the twenty-two-year-old Chinese pianist Yuja Wang plays Sergei Prokofiev's Third Piano Concerto. In her Lucerne appearances she displays the full range of her artistry as Prokofiev's Third Piano Concerto demands not only lyricism and intimacy but brilliance and virtuosity. Claudio Abbado has realised a dream with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. The orchestra consists of an exclusive ensemble of handpicked musicians like Kolja Blacher and Sebastian Breuninger, Natalia Gutman, Clemens Hagen and Jens Peter Maintz. Claudio Abbado is undeniably a supreme Mahler conductor and his best selling recordings with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra symphonies No. 2, 3, 5, 6, and 7 (on Blu-ray No. 1, 2, 3 and 6) have already been released on EuroArts have set new standards in interpretation of works by Gustav Mahler.


This is a concert of which I'm most proud and honoured to say'I was there',As i wrote at the time,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. Not to be missed. Performance ***** Picture and Sound ***** --BBC Music Magazine,Sept 2010 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David G. Davies on 23 Dec 2010
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This was the first Mahler symphony I discovered and I have spent almost a lifetime listening to it and loving it. From the others in this series I knew this performance would be special but it exceeded my expectations. I'm not sure how much of the detail that comes out is due to Abbado and how much to the brilliant sound but this is a performance that takes you right to the heart of this incredible symphony. When, right at the end, the long row of horn players stand up to deliver the final apotheosis the moment is almost overwhelming - and the audience's appreciation of this conductor, who has battled with cancer and who seems to be on borrowed time, is almost equally moving.

I cannot recommend this more highly. The orchestral playing is exemplary and the Prokofiev performance is equally brilliant... though it's the Mahler that, with this conductor, is so very special. Because of the extra clarity of both sound and vision the Blu-ray is the version to go for; it's worth buying a Blu-ray player and decent sound system just for this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 11 Nov 2011
Abbado has the enviable reputation of being one of the world's finest Mahler conductors. This has been further reinforced by his set of performances held at Lucerne with his hand-picked orchestra constituting the Lucerne Festival orchestra.

This very large orchestra, apart from containing musicians of outstanding individual abilities, also lays great stress upon their empathy and experience with the world of chamber music. Thus is achieved the unusual combination of orchestral size allied to individual and corporate sensitivity. This suits Abbado's particular vision of Mahler and this is apparent throughout this recording which many would describe as close to definitive.

The upcoming series planned by Chailly, also on Blu-ray, might become a serious competitor to Abbado however. Chailly's Mahler 2 and 8 are now available. Some find Chailly preferable as an approach - being a degree less overtly emotional and more orchestrally cohesive rather than sharing Abbado's expanded chamber music approach perhaps. I personally find both approaches equally satisfying in their different ways (see my Chailly review of Mahler 2 for further details).

The Prokofiev for me however, is the complete revelation. Yuja Wang brings an astonishing level of artistic and technical perfection to this piece - and especially and unusually - sheer joy! Like Sarah Chang, the violinist, her delight in the music and her performance is illustrated time and time again by fleeting expressions and smiles of pleasure or amusement flitting across her face. No technical worries here, even at times of breakneck speed. A tremendous range of expression from delicacy to incisive power and all with total rhythmic mastery.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nick BOCKEN on 8 Feb 2011
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A wonderful continuation of the Mahler symphonies under the baton of Maestro Claudio Abbado.

The concert starts with a more than average interpretation of Prokovievs 3rd piano concerto. Yuja Wang's play may not be as perfect as Yvegny Kissin (hear the recording of the same concerto with Kissin and the Berlin Philharmonic under Abbado from 1993), her is play is still exceptional for such a young soloist. Abbado supports her metaphorically in an elegant way with a very fine orchestral coloration and faithfulness on the score.

Although Mahler 1 is not a "the" favourite of Abbado, the symphony has a special place for Abbado : after his appointment as chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic, he played this symphony on his inauguration concert as chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic in september 1989. Ever since that time, I had the opportunity to hear the symphony about four times live under Abbado, you can feel the evolution of this symphony, under his baton. This interpretation belongs to the best ever he conducted : almost hypersensitive, profound penetrating, wonderful orchestral colouration. The orchestra follows him blindly : just fabulous.

The atmosphere of the concert is wonderfully and realistically reproduced on this disc !!!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. John Manning on 31 Oct 2010
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Abbado and his hand-picked players continue their Mahler symphony series with a detailed and absorbing account of the first. The concert begins, however, with Prokofiev's 3rd piano concerto, here played by Yuja Wang. This is my first acquaintance with this artist, and I am left wondering why I have not heard her previously. On the evidence of this recording, she has a prodigious technique and a true insight into Prokofiev's music. She integrates splendidly with her accompaniment; Abbado spends much time looking over his shoulder at the soloist, and who could blame him. The spiky sections of the concerto trip effortlessly off Wang's fingers, and the broad melodic sections are suitably romantic. Orchestra and soloist bring the work to a breathtaking finish.
Abbado demands much from his orchestra in the Mahler, revealing its inner workings whilst creating an atmospheric experience. The faces of the players reveal how great is their determination to give of their best for Abbado, and he acknowledges their efforts during the applause.
Video quality and direction are of a high standard. Wang displays no histrionics but a half-smile shows when she is enjoying herself.
My first impression of the multi-channel audio is that it is slightly subdued, but louder passages open up gratifyingly to to give a convincing concert-hall effect. Dynamic range is high, and low frequency sounds are excellently reproduced - the bass drum is palpable. My impression is of being in a seat about half-way back in the hall; violins are smoothed out somewhat. Microphones are noticeable by their absence - I tried in vain to see where they were placed. The piano is not given artificial prominence, but is nevertheless clear. Audience noise is negligible.
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