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4.0 out of 5 stars A box set of outstanding performances in mostly outstanding recordings, 11 Nov 2011
This review is from: Mahler: Symphonies Nos 1 [Blu-ray] [2011] (Blu-ray)
This is a simple re-issue of the series of Mahler symphonies conducted by Abbado at Lucerne and as issued by Euroarts. It does not include the fine Mahler 9 recorded by the same team but issued on a different label. Most important for those concerned about the DTS sound of the second symphony, this box contains the re-mastered set based on the DVD DTS sound track. (The Blu-ray DTS soundtrack was unusable due to mechanical failure). The remainder of the set are the same as the remaining individual original issues on Blu-ray.

Abbado has the enviable reputation of being one of the world's finest Mahler conductors. This has been further reinforced by his set of performances held at Lucerne with his hand-picked orchestra constituting the Lucerne Festival orchestra.

This very large orchestra, apart from containing musicians of outstanding individual abilities, also lays great stress upon their empathy and experience with the world of chamber music. Thus is achieved the unusual combination of orchestral size allied to individual and corporate sensitivity. This suits Abbado's particular vision of Mahler and is apparent throughout this set of performances.

Abbado's vision is very much a visionary approach. It may not suit everyone. Chailly, for example, takes a more traditional view in the sense that his orchestra plays more as a complete entity rather than as a set of chamber musicians. This is an over-simplification of course and there are many instances where Abbado's players play like a traditional orchestra and where Chilly's play as chamber soloists. Nevertheless the overall comparison of approach remains generally secure.

I would suggest that this set constitutes a very strong set of interpretations and performances and that previous recording issues concerning mainly number 2 are now resolved to the point where they should not be a major negative factor.

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