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5.0 out of 5 stars a mixed bag, but the quality is good, 4 July 2013
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Stanley Crowe (Greenville, SC) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Claudio Abbado - The Decca Years (Audio CD)
I haven't played absolutely everything in this box yet (the fascinating-looking Brahms is next on my list), but on the basis of what I've heard so far, this is a splendid box in very good analogue sound, and while one might quibble at the margins, it contains sterling performances of a lot of different stuff. To take Abbado's measure, just try the Mendelssohn disc and the Prokofiev disc. It's hard to imagine more different sound worlds than those of these two composers, and yet clearly Abbado is alive to both. Prokofiev's Third Symphony (which I didn't know) receives a gripping performance -- all the sound and clatter, with an undertone of Russian melancholy (it was composed in 1928) which is as un-Tchaikovskian as you can get. And the high spirits of his First Symphony, the "Classical," which has fun with the very idea of "Classical," is well-worth comparing to Mendelssohn's very different appropriation of classical manners in his Third and Fourth symphonies. Abbado recorded the Mendelssohn again later, for DG, and these later performances are very good, but I actually prefer the sound in the earlier ones -- Decca's 1960's analogue sound was something special in the Culshaw era. Other items worth hearing are a Bruckner First and some Janacek and Hindemith -- adventurous programming in the '60's, and very well done. The Beethoven is OK -- Eighth better than the Seventh, which lacks the first-movement repeat -- and the Verdi disc with Ghiaurov in extended scenes from some operas is good to have too. To my ears, the "Nabucco" scenes don't come off as well as they should -- it's as if the chorus, the orchestra, and the singer aren't quite in the same "space," with the chorus not sufficiently foregrounded and Ghiaurov sounding firm but not warm. A pity, because the playing is good. The "Macbeth" and "Boccanegra" scenes sound much better balanced, and Ghiaurov sounds marvelous. A final impression -- after the voices stop in the "Boccanegra" scene, there's an orchestral passage that Abbado has the orchestra play with such beauty and with such aptness to the dramatic situation that it's almost worth the price of the box. I recommend this box -- excellent value for money, and a fine tribute to a great conductor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great selection of recordings, 14 Aug 2014
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Fantastic quality. Great selection of recordings. Abbado at his best. The mp3 downloads - Amazon music storage - is very much appreciated. Note: if you download the files do need sorting out into folders and file names need a bit of attention.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So sad, 22 April 2014
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Colpalu "Colpalu" (Brüssel , Belgien) - See all my reviews
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So sad that maestro Abbado has already left us : I remember his Debussy with the Boston symphony and indeed these Decca recordings came as a revelation when the LPs were issued . Never before had Debussy be recorded with that elegance and grace .
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CLAUDIO ABBADO, 28 Mar 2014
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I FOUND THE BPERFORMANCE SUPERB !!
I FOLLOW EVERY CONCERT CONDUCTED BY THE LATE CLAUDIO ABBADO -
THE GREATEST CONDUCTOR OF OUR TIME.
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