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Mahler: Symphony No.2 [Blu-ray] [2010]


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Mahler: Symphony No.2 [Blu-ray] [2010] + Mahler 3rd Symphony Claudio Abbado Lucerne Festival Orchestra [Blu-ray] [2007] [NTSC] [2009] + Mahler: Symphony No. 9 [Blu-ray] [2011] [Region Free]
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  • Actors: Eteri Gvazava, Anna Larsson, Orfeón Donostiarra, Lucerne Festival Orchestra
  • Format: Classical, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: German, English, French, Spanish, Italian
  • 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: 31 Aug 2010
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003X859FC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 87,057 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Claudio Abbado has realised a dream with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. The orchestra, an exclusive ensemble of handpicked musicial stars, opens up new dimensions in the interpretation of symphonic music with exceptional soloists. The line-up includes such luminaries as Ilya Gringolts and Sabine and Wolfgang Meyer, alongside members of the world's great orchestras. The cellos section alone boasts Natalia Gutman, Clemens Hagen and Valentin Erben. Claudio Abbado is undeniably a supreme Mahler conductor and his best selling recordings with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra symphonies No. 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7 and 9 have already been released on EuroArts the symphonies have set new standards in interpretation of works by Gustav Mahler.

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It would be hard to find anything greater, more significant or more moving anywhere in musical life today: total harmony of mind and heart, poetry and outcry, fear and consolation, knowing and feeling.'' --Der Bund

Its different having best friends together. Everyone is there to enjoy making music, to take pleasure, to play with enthusiasm, with passion. They are prepared to do any crazy thing I ask them for the sake of the music. To fly, to walk through fire.'' --Claudio Abbado

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Godbluffer on 17 Sep 2010
Format: Blu-ray
NEW REVIEW OF THE "REMASTERED" MAHLER 2 BLU-RAY (MARCH 17TH 2011):

Well, EXACTLY six months after reporting the audio issue affecting the first blu-ray release of this concert, the day has finally come when the revised verion arrived at my door and it has been worth the wait! I can't comment on player compatibility issues, because I never had them, but I've watched the "remastered" Mahler 2 BD from start to finish now and can conclude that the sound is absolutely fantastic all the way through, just as it was on the DVD. The picture is of course a clear improvement over the DVD, but that was already the case on the earlier BD and I see no difference there.

Traces of the struggle to "get it right" this time can still be detected though, but it depends on viewers' indivual sensibilities as to how distracting they'll find it. Something I hadn't noticed before on the earlier, bad sounding BD (probably because I was already so turned off by the poor sound) was that at some points the picture and the audio weren't in perfect synch with each other. A good example of that can be seen early in the 3rd movement where one of the percussionists makes a rhythmic sound with a straw bush on the big drum; on the DVD the picture and the sound are in synch, but on the earlier BD it was not quite in synch. The NEW BD actually magnifies that issue; it's even a bit more out of synch, with the sound of the beats falling perfectly BETWEEN the visual beats (actually the audio lags a bit behind the video).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christian Nugue on 5 Dec 2013
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I worship Claudio Abbado, because he embodies classical music at its best. He shows in this record his special affinity with the composer who facilitated the transition between19th century tonalism and 20th century atonalism.
The 'Resurrection' symphony is truly a monument. Abbado has an intimate knowledge of the score, a paintstakingly accurate attention to the details and a total commitment to the work. You will never forget the final apotheosis, brass instruments blaring, when he opens his arms, jubilant and exhausted, sharing with his outstanding musicians all his love for music and for life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Chandler on 23 Mar 2011
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All the problems with the original disc have been sorted out. Full performance detail, (which was missing on the first release), has been added and it looks and sounds wonderful. Go for it!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By N.Y. on 4 Oct 2010
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I want to add my voice to all other reviewers regarding the defects in the disc that disable playing the whole disc. On the other hand I want to add the following:
1- I viewed this same performance in DVD version and the performance was stunning. It is worth waiting for the next edition of the same performance
2- Amazon was fair enough to send me an extra copy and then return the money back
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