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Mahler: Symphony No. 9 [Blu-ray]  [Region Free]
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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).
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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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.
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 Abbado CDs and DVDs are beyond any criticismPublished on 6 Nov. 2014 by OLGA PAPACHRISTOUogp114ogp
It's Blu-ray and I don't have Blu-ray. A mistake on my part.Published on 24 Oct. 2014 by A. Withers
Listen, see, and enjoy. This must be one of the top performances of this decade. The public was moved and you 'll be moved to after playing.Published on 5 April 2014 by Koen Swinnen