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  • Actors: Lucerne Festival Orchestra
  • Format: Classical, 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: 28 Feb. 2011
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004GX91LQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,446 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Claudio Abbado is undeniably the supreme Mahler conductor of our time. He conducts the composers Fifth and most popular Symphony which became world-famous as the soundtrack to Viscontis Death in Venice. The Lucerne Festival Orchestra has set new standards in the field of classical music with the participation of great soloists at the orchestras first desks, e.g. clarinetist Sabine Meyer, oboist Albrecht Mayer, violist Wolfram Christ, cellist Natalia Gutman and the Hagen Quartet. Claudio Abbado is undeniably a supreme Mahler conductor and his best selling recordings with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra symphonies No. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 (on Blu-ray No. 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6) have already been released on EuroArts have set new standards in interpretation of works by Gustav Mahler.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Charles Eccles on 18 Mar. 2011
Format: Blu-ray
It almost goes without saying that Abbado and the Lucerne Orchestra give a superb performance. You won't be disappointed. The surround sound too is exceptionally vivid, with the force of the fortissimo near the start of the first movement almost hitting you like a shock wave. Soloists are perhaps slightly less "highlighted" than in previous issues but the overall sound is very natural and impressive. Recommended - without reservation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By N.Y. on 9 Mar. 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I received my copy two days ago and already have watched it twice. Frankly, it is quite boring to review Abbado's Mahler symphonies, nothing to complain about. The picture and sound are perfect and the performance of-course. I would say that the picture quality is similar to the third symphony and the performance and sound quality are better than his CD from many years ago. You will not regret it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 9 Nov. 2011
Format: Blu-ray
There are now several fine Mahler 5's to choose from on DVD and Blu-ray.

The best option for collectors is probably this by Abbado at the Lucerne Festival with his special festival orchestra. 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 very fine performance which some would describe as close to definitive.

The generously spacious layout of the orchestra allows the camera work to achieve equivalent sensitivity of detail as well as panoramic effect. The surround and stereo sound captures all of this with admirable lucidity.

In my opinion this is a clear contender for the full 5 stars and should give much pleasure and satisfaction to all purchasers of the recording.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr Lloyd on 11 April 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
After some shaky EuroArts releases, it was reassuring to read reviews commending this disk. The picture quality on the DVD was probably the worst of the cycle, so it is wonderful to see it here so much improved. The 5.1 audio is also excellent with proper depth. If you're looking for a performance of Mahler 5, I suggest you won't find one better. The combination of Abbado, Lucerne and Mahler is one we are fortunate to enjoy.

However, for me, this is a disappointing release. The feature that made the DVD so cherished was the Conductor Camera - the ability to watch Abbado throughout the Symphony. Seeing it made me realise just how many wonderful Abbado moments you miss when enjoying the views of the musicians; it was quite a revelation. It is not preserved here. The recent Accentus Mahler 9 release (Mahler: Symphony No. 9 [Blu-ray] [2011] shows that it's possible on Blu-ray, so I'm afraid I simply find fault with EuroArts for taking the easy route, not making the effort to produce the disk they could have, and not, as the other releases have been, an HD version of the previous DVD release.

The performance is without fault. The release, bar the above, is excellent and deserves 5*s. But it could have been even better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William on 11 Mar. 2011
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A wonderful interpretation and a very good multichannel recorded SACD !
A must to have with the first, third, sixth and ninth by the same Abbado/Lucerne.

The picture is a good 2004 HD.

Thanks Euroarts and please give us quickly an updated 2nd symphony.
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