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Brahms / Schoenberg / Beethoven - 2013 Lucerne Festival [Claudio Abbado, Lucerne Festival Orchestra] [DVD] 
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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 DVD: NTSC 16:9
Sound Formats DVD: PCM Stereo Dolby Digital 5.1 DTS 5.1
Region Code: 0 (weltweit)
Running Time: 100:12 min
Disc Format: DVD-9
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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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