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5.0 out of 5 stars Abbado and Bruckner, 7 Sep 2013
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Dr. J. M. Vilanova (Leicester, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Abbado came relatively late to Bruckner. His last performance of Bruckner 5th with the Lucerna Orchestra (available on DVD/bluray) was a revelation to me and I decided to buy his earlier recording with the Vienna Philharmonic. The performance, is obviously, quite different, but sharing some basic elements, like a lean, dramatic, but not over dramatic approach, never heavy, and with a strong propulsive line. Maybe, over the years, his conception of Bruckner's 5th has lost weight and gained in some degree of playfulness, but here we have a valid performance in its own right, sonically beautiful, and with a satisfying accumulation of dramatic weight, movement by movement, towards a fully cathartic finale. It may be less overdriven than Barenboim's, less mystical than Celibidache or late Jochum, but fully valid in its own, more cerebral, more polished, still intense way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Abbado changed my mind about Bruckner, 3 Feb 2012
This review is from: Bruckner: Symphony No.5 in B flat (MP3 Download)
I was never a Bruckner fan until listening to Abbado performing Bruckner Symphony No. 5 live at Royal Festival Hall in 2011. Downloaded this CD soon after the concert to indulge my new found understanding of Bruckner. I was not disappointed. Every time I listened to the music, I felt I was reliving that day in Royal Festival Hall and found something new that I didn't notice before. This is a true master piece of music making.
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