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This review is from: Mahler: Symphony No. 9 [Blu-ray]  [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
Mahler 9 is often referred to as a death-haunted work.For me,there is much to uplift the spirit.The final movement is as much about a journey into the beyond as a farewell to life.Mahler was obviously a man in turmoil in the 9th.His marriage was over,graphically noted in his own words in the score "Almschi" (his pet name for his wife Alma) and "to live for you,to die for you".
The final bars takes one to a place where there is no rhythm,no beaten time.
It takes a special conductor to wring (without histrionics) all the emotion from this remarkable score.Many so-called great conductors have failed.
However,we have a maestro here enjoying his own resurrection (following serious illness) at the helm of his own hand picked orchestra.What has been recorded here for posterity is arguably the finest Mahler 9 ever recorded.
The silence at the end of the last note (silence which seems to be maintained for an age) is awe-inspiring and I am green with envy at one of the other contributors who has seen all these concerts live!
Claudio Abbado's rebirth at the helm of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra is THE miracle of classical music today. Forget the young conductors who attain instant genius (such as Dudamel for example).Here is a legend who deserves the title.Unassuming,unfussy,methodical,forensic,glorious Abbado.
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Initial post: 16 Feb 2011 11:50:08 GMT
Le Blaireau says:
I was going to insert my own 5 star review, but really there is nothing to add to the other comments here. I agree with every word of your review, what a glorious Indian summer Claudio Abbado is gifting to us, and may it continue for many more years.
In reply to an earlier post on 18 Feb 2011 17:51:56 GMT
Thank you Le Blaireau. I agree, this is the most glorious Indian summer and like you I hope that we have many more years to enjoy this most human of maestros.
In reply to an earlier post on 18 May 2011 20:58:15 BDT
I am a great admirer of Abbado and have attended several of his concerts (e.g Mahler 3 Edinburgh Festival 1979), I am also due to see him conduct Bruckner 5 in October (RFH) I am puzzled as to the absence of a recording (or performance) of Das Lied Von Der Erde? Can anyone enlighten me? I was wondering if he was planning to record it for his ongoing DVD cycle. Any info or feedback would be gratefully received.
In reply to an earlier post on 18 May 2011 22:51:06 BDT
Euroarts has just released a blu-ray box set of Symphonies 1-7. This could mark the end of the video cycle or that Accentus (who released 9) may pick up Das Lied if performed. (Tonight Abbado conducted the Berlin Phil in Das Lied coupled with the Adagio from the 10th. (A strong possibility for future release?) We know that Abbado only performs the Adagio from 10. If I get any info on this I will post. By the way have you seen Gramophone's online piece on recommended Mahler cycles? It's interesting!
In reply to an earlier post on 19 May 2011 15:09:03 BDT
Many thanks for your reply. Judging from the info you kindly supplied it does give me optimism that an Abbado recording of Das Lied is on the cards. I am intrigued by a box set EMI have released re Tennstedt Complete Mahler recordings, I do hope this includes the Live recordings of 6 and 7. I was fortunate to attend the live 7th in 1993 and it was electrifying. I have been on the EMI website and no details are provided (poor show from EMI) if anyone has info regarding this set I would be very grateful. I will endeavour to do my own research and feedback what I find. The ability to review, read reviews and comments is proving to be an improvement on Gramophone!! Kind Regards MD (Dave)
In reply to an earlier post on 19 May 2011 16:03:38 BDT
Further to my recent post. Following some research (not helped by EMI who were most unhelpful) The New EMI Box set of Tennstedt/Mahler symphonies does contain the Live recordings of Symphonies 5,6 and 7.
Kind Regards MD (Dave)
In reply to an earlier post on 19 May 2011 16:46:01 BDT
I have the original Tennstedt boxed set. How does this differ?
In reply to an earlier post on 19 May 2011 17:12:19 BDT
EMI recently (this month) released a new box set (16 Discs) Catalogue No 0944932. It contains all the original studio recordings but differs from the set you have by including the Live recordings of Symphonies 5, 6 and 7. These were previously available but deleted some time ago! Whether the new box set has been re-mastered I am less sure. The re-release of the live recordings will be good news for many who admire Tennstedt's Mahler. I have been trying with no suuccess until now!
Posted on 28 Jun 2011 23:41:46 BDT
Bernard Hawcroft says:
The composition of the ninth symphony had been completed the winter before Mahler discovered his wife's infidelity in the summer of 1910. The quotations cited were written on the sketches of the unfinished tenth symphony. Although Alma continued her affair with Gropius, Mahler considered his marriage very much alive and she remained with him until his death in May 1911; he dedicated the eighth symphony to her after discovery of the affair. It is always difficult to draw extra musical meanings from abstract works of art but to do so by reference to incorrect facts will mislead the listener.
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