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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars superb
Even with the short timing on the DVD this is great value. A superb performance with non wobbly soloists. The use of the Beyer edition (with Levin's Sanctus) shows that Abbado has thought closely about this work.This performance is as near a realisation of perfect music as anyone could get.
Published 13 months ago by Stephen Sinsbury

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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars no power
What can I say ... Abbado, Berliner Mozart ... good recording and pictures ... in theory should be the maximum. Instead this time Abbado seems blurry ... singers then are not big-time.The Blu Ray version with lossless sound is recommended although honestly I would expect something more.
Published 11 months ago by marco


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars superb, 14 Oct 2013
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Even with the short timing on the DVD this is great value. A superb performance with non wobbly soloists. The use of the Beyer edition (with Levin's Sanctus) shows that Abbado has thought closely about this work.This performance is as near a realisation of perfect music as anyone could get.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best, 14 Mar 2014
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This review is from: Mozart: Requiem [Anna Prohaska, Sara Mingardo, Miximilian Schmitt, Rene Pape, Claudio Abbado] [Accentus: ACC10258] [Blu-ray] [2013] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
Found this on Youtube and I immediately thought : I have to hear this in better quality !
What a performance by the late Claudio Abbado, who must have known that it was probably the last time he was going to conduct this requiem. The balance between orchestra and choir is just perfect, no way of knowing if this perfect balance is due to the audio engineers that have recorded this or if this was as good live in the concerthall.
The soloist are sublime too, especially the soprano !! And the woodwind section of the orchestra is just amazing. Special praise to the person who merged the two radio choirs and made them sound as one !!
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2 of 2 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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mozart Requiem, 26 Oct 2013
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What one would expect from Claudio Abbado.in a modern, digital HD recording.

I don't know of any other recent recording this good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 2 July 2014
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Wonderful recording with great singers!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A first class production by Claudio Abbado the Lucerne and ..., 1 Sep 2014
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This review is from: Mozart: Requiem [Anna Prohaska, Sara Mingardo, Miximilian Schmitt, Rene Pape, Claudio Abbado] [Accentus: ACC10258] [Blu-ray] [2013] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
A first class production by Claudio Abbado the Lucerne and all concerned.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful But Flawed, 6 Nov 2013
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I was looking for variations in interpretation of this Meisterwerk and this performance certainly satisfies. It delivers a lighter touch with harmonic emphases and tempi while not flinching from dealing with a demanding text and what some observers believe motivated Mozart to compose for it artistically: the mysterious Count's ( von Walsegg-Stuppach) mortal loss and Mozart's own suffering ,beginning 6 months in advance of his death, which he believed to be the result of poison. The work speaks of dread and is defined by the Dies Irae a portion of the work sharply differentiated from the others so strongly that both Verdi (especially and one of which versions Claudio Abbado conducted superbly)and Berlioz's Requiems incorporate its frenetic ambience. What is interesting about this interpretation is Abbado's attempt to filter the meaning to its reverential essence without impairing the unfolding drama. In this sense, the faster tempi and selective, understated harmonies compare and contrast with the Leonard Bernstein dvd version work negatively in this aim. On the positive side, it does provide a template of comparison and contrast to use with other versions to educative effect ( interestingly I noticed that there are at least two surviving choral participants of the Bernstein dvd performing in this interpretation). However, the negative facet does under appreciate the significance of Mozart's admitted habit of seeing the worst in everything and how this expressed itself in the dread which infuses this Meisterwerk. Lovers of this work might not be comfortable with Robert Levin's accretion to the Sanctus. Franz Xaver Sussmayr, a protégé of Mozart, and a very fine composer, is accredited with constructing the musical notation based on Mozart's instructions which is the reason the work survived after the latter's death. Why change it? Levin always has something interesting to say about Mozart's work but in my view he has crossed a negative line in writing what I see as an excrescence. Bernstein was approached to write a completion of this work and nothing came of it. Only Mozart's contemporaries, principally Sussmayr and Constanza Mozart, should have the authority to interpret in terms of `accretions' in this context. The monumental strength of the Kyrie is entirely due to Sussmayr following his instructions. They finalised and engendered its incompleteness brilliantly. There are plenty of professional ploys which modern interpreters have to delve into profundity regarding historical works of this stature not least tempo and thereby "innovate" in an orderly fashion rather than metaphorically stepping on someone's grave.
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars no power, 24 Dec 2013
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This review is from: Mozart: Requiem [Anna Prohaska, Sara Mingardo, Miximilian Schmitt, Rene Pape, Claudio Abbado] [Accentus: ACC10258] [Blu-ray] [2013] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
What can I say ... Abbado, Berliner Mozart ... good recording and pictures ... in theory should be the maximum. Instead this time Abbado seems blurry ... singers then are not big-time.The Blu Ray version with lossless sound is recommended although honestly I would expect something more.
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