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Brahms / Schoenberg / Beethoven - 2013 Lucerne Festival [Claudio Abbado, Lucerne Festival Orchestra] [Blu-ray] [2014]

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  • Actors: Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Claudio Abbado
  • Format: Classical, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: German, English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Accentus
  • DVD Release Date: 19 May 2014
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00JAAOTR6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,109 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

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Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Tragic Overture, Op. 81

Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)
Orchestral Interlude and j "Song of the Wood Dove" from Gurre-Lieder

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica"

With his very own "mysterious seductive power and legendary elegance" (Le Monde), Claudio Abbado opened for the last time the LUCERNE FESTIVAL in the summer of 2013. Only a few months later, the world had to bid farewell to a monumental artist, humanist, great conductor and orchestra founder. Even in the concert itself, documented here, lived a moment of farewell, as the three great works performed tell of the transience of life. The centerpiece of the Eroica is the funeral march revealing "abysses of shattering dimension" - an "intense experience" (Neue Zürcher Zeitung). This record, the last audio-visual documentation of his work, captures once again the extraordinary atmosphere of "vibrant emotionality" that always emerged when Abbado created music with his "orchestra of friends".

Picture Format Blu-ray: NTSC 16:9, Full HD
Sound Formats Blu-ray: DTS HD Master Audio, PCM Stereo
Region Code: 0 (worldwide)
Running Time: 100:12 min
Disc Format: BD 25

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This was the opening concert of the Lucerne Summer Festival 2013 and was the last of Claudio Abbado’s concerts to be filmed. Although no-one would have known that this would be the case at the time, all the works performed involve tragedy and death making it at times extremely poignant and moving.

Beethoven’s “Eroica” symphony gets a robust, muscular performance. The outer movements move along nicely with plenty of rhythmic bounce. The slow movement is just incredible. As befits a funeral march, it’s taken very slowly but has an intensity beyond anything I’ve ever heard before in this music – a real sense of desolation. I found this movement extremely moving – and worth the price of the blu-ray on its own.

The excerpt from Gurrelieder is brilliantly played. The orchestra manage to combine sumptuousness with fine detail and build to some thrilling climaxes. Mihoku Fujimura is excellent as the Wood Dove – as she was on the only other available DVD of Gurrelieder under Mariss Jansons. The final climax is the stuff of goosebumps. It made me very sad that they didn’t perform and film the rest of Gurrelieder as well – it would have been tremendous.

Sound and pictures are both superb. Technical details: 24-bit LPCM Stereo and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1.

Recommended without reservation – a powerful and moving reminder of what the world has lost.
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The highlight of this disc is the all too rarely heard Song of the Wood Dove that concludes Part I of Schoenberg's Gürre Lieder. This is undoubtedly his masterpiece and it is great shame a full performance is not available on subtitled video in any format. The Japanese Mezzo Fujimura Mihoko gives a powerful rendering and I was really pleased to have this. The Brahms and Beethoven are also well played but there are already many fine Eroicas on Blu and it would have been nice to have had something more interesting: An as yet unrecorded Sibelius or Nielsen symphony perhaps!! Worth it just for the Schoenberg.
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