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  • Actors: Lucerne Festival Orchestra
  • Format: Classical, Widescreen
  • Language: 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: 4 Feb. 2011
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004DIPKZK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,676 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Claudio Abbado and his hand-picked players of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra take their acclaimed Mahler cycle to a new level with this performance of the most complex and compelling of the symphonies, the intense, searching Ninth. Abbado brings all his renowned clarity of vision and the experience of a lifetime to this contradictory music half valedictory, half life-affirming and his orchestra of soloists, including some of the leading instrumentalists of our time, revels in the transparent textures and virtuosity of Mahlers last completed symphony. A rendition ... of astonishing depth and subtlety (Daily Telegraph).

Review

The listener is rendered speechless at the thrilling depth and perfection of the symbiosis achieved here between artistic wisdom and undimmed joy in making music at the highest level. --Christian Wildhagen, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, August 24, 1010

[...]sensitizing feelings, penetrating into the depths of perception like a kind of perfectly-tuned ear on the world, to yield the most beautiful results in the music. --Claus Spahn, ZEIT Online. Musik, August 12, 2010

This is a mind blowing experience-a Mahler Ninth as great as any I've heard, and a superlative continuation of what is proving to be the most profoundly satisfying Mahler cycle of our times. --IRR,Apr'11

Abbado's unparalled 'orchestra of soloists'in Mahler's valedictory Ninth. EDITORS CHOICE --Gramphone,June'11

It felt like the greatest concert in my experience and surely its intensity will be communicated to anyone who buys this indispensible DVD. Performance ***** Recording ***** --BBC Music Magazine,June'11

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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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About quality of sound and image no more should be said, just perfect.

However, about the atmosphere much is to be written. I was fortunate to sit in the concert hall during all the concerts, which were used for this recording. It is very easy : the apparently simplicity with which Abbado satisfies the audience for Mahler, allows an exceptional atmosphere in the concert hall : deep feelings, extremely good relationship between the orchestra groups, an elegant Mahler sound that nobody other than Abbado manages to create. The emotions that Abbado himself undergoes (just look at his face and gestures), are reflected in music. All this is shown phenomenally on this blu ray: it might sound strange, but almost the perfection of sound and images are obtained on this blu ray. For those who are less lucky, not being able to attend the concert, this blu ray disc will give a near live concert.

A must for every music lover, but certainly for the Abbado fans.
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All of the reviews for this disc relate to the 2004 performance with the Mahler Jugendorchester as i think Amazon has duplicated them wrongly. They are somewhat different performances. In the 1990's I went to the proms in London to hear Abbado conducting the Berlin Philharmonic in this piece and was overwhelmed by the third movement mostly - the anger at the approach of death was extra-ordinary. I didn't feel he had quite resolved the fourth movement yet. The 2004 performance on dvd is excellent but this one from Lucerne 2010 is in a different league altogether. Between london and Lucerne Abbado had most of his insides removed and he brought his near encounter with death into the concert hall in 2010. I have watched many people die in my career as a doctor and Mahler via abbado puts that into music.Other conductors seem to find a glimmer of hope at the end of this piece or just glide over the surface bringing beauty but no depth (Karajan) . Abbado is perhaps unique in what he has been able to portray. The dimming of the hall lights at the end seems only fitting as does the stunned silence of the festival audience. This disc is perhaps the most fitting tribute of all to Abbado, a truly wonderful musician who has given me so much pleasure over the years.
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I will admit that I cannot listen to or attend a performance of Mahler's Ninth Symphony too often because it leaves me exhilarated but wrung out. And this DVD of a performance with Claudio Abbado conducting the group he founded in 1986, the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, has had that effect on me. I was so overwhelmed by it that I had to sit in a dark room, near tears, for fifteen minutes after it had finished in order to regain my composure. Certainly that is the effect the music often has on me, but in this instance there were other factors involved. The GMJO is made up young European musicians (plus, strangely, a couple from Cuba) who have gained admittance to the orchestra via auditions in twenty-five cities across the Contintent. Their intense involvement with the music-making is fueled at least partly by their youth and enthusiasm as well as the opportunity for many of them to be playing this masterpiece for the first time. Lest one think that their youth and inexperience lowers their competence in this music, let me guarantee you that their instrumental assurance here is astonishing. Their emotional involvement with the music is almost palpable. In the rhythmic passages -- the Ländler and parts of the Rondo-Burleske, for instance -- they almost literally dance in their seats. In the ecstatic passages, and particularly in the closing pages of the symphony, their concentration, their almost religious fervor is visible. The Ninth has numerous instrumental solo passages and every single one of them was taken with musicianship, subtlety and élan. I would particularly single out the solo horn, bassoon, flute, first violin, cello and viola. The very young-appearing first trumpet played like a god.Read more ›
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