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Abbado and LFO in Mahler and Prokoviev,
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This review is from: Mahler; Prokoviev: Lucerne Festival: Mahler: Symphony No. 1; Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No.3) [Blu-ray]  [Region Free] [NTSC] (Blu-ray)
A wonderful continuation of the Mahler symphonies under the baton of Maestro Claudio Abbado.
The concert starts with a more than average interpretation of Prokovievs 3rd piano concerto. Yuja Wang's play may not be as perfect as Yvegny Kissin (hear the recording of the same concerto with Kissin and the Berlin Philharmonic under Abbado from 1993), her is play is still exceptional for such a young soloist. Abbado supports her metaphorically in an elegant way with a very fine orchestral coloration and faithfulness on the score.
Although Mahler 1 is not a "the" favourite of Abbado, the symphony has a special place for Abbado : after his appointment as chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic, he played this symphony on his inauguration concert as chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic in september 1989. Ever since that time, I had the opportunity to hear the symphony about four times live under Abbado, you can feel the evolution of this symphony, under his baton. This interpretation belongs to the best ever he conducted : almost hypersensitive, profound penetrating, wonderful orchestral colouration. The orchestra follows him blindly : just fabulous.
The atmosphere of the concert is wonderfully and realistically reproduced on this disc !!!!
Mahler; Prokoviev: Lucerne Festival: Mahler: Symphony No. 1; Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No.3) [Blu-ray]  [Region Free] [NTSC](7 customer reviews)