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Mahler: Symphony No.5 [Blu-ray] [2011] [Region Free]

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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: EUROARTS
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Feb. 2011
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004GX91LQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,895 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Claudio Abbado is undeniably the supreme Mahler conductor of our time. He conducts the composers Fifth and most popular Symphony which became world-famous as the soundtrack to Viscontis Death in Venice. The Lucerne Festival Orchestra has set new standards in the field of classical music with the participation of great soloists at the orchestras first desks, e.g. clarinetist Sabine Meyer, oboist Albrecht Mayer, violist Wolfram Christ, cellist Natalia Gutman and the Hagen Quartet. Claudio Abbado is undeniably a supreme Mahler conductor and his best selling recordings with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra symphonies No. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 (on Blu-ray No. 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6) have already been released on EuroArts have set new standards in interpretation of works by Gustav Mahler.

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It almost goes without saying that Abbado and the Lucerne Orchestra give a superb performance. You won't be disappointed. The surround sound too is exceptionally vivid, with the force of the fortissimo near the start of the first movement almost hitting you like a shock wave. Soloists are perhaps slightly less "highlighted" than in previous issues but the overall sound is very natural and impressive. Recommended - without reservation.
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I received my copy two days ago and already have watched it twice. Frankly, it is quite boring to review Abbado's Mahler symphonies, nothing to complain about. The picture and sound are perfect and the performance of-course. I would say that the picture quality is similar to the third symphony and the performance and sound quality are better than his CD from many years ago. You will not regret it.
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After some shaky EuroArts releases, it was reassuring to read reviews commending this disk. The picture quality on the DVD was probably the worst of the cycle, so it is wonderful to see it here so much improved. The 5.1 audio is also excellent with proper depth. If you're looking for a performance of Mahler 5, I suggest you won't find one better. The combination of Abbado, Lucerne and Mahler is one we are fortunate to enjoy.

However, for me, this is a disappointing release. The feature that made the DVD so cherished was the Conductor Camera - the ability to watch Abbado throughout the Symphony. Seeing it made me realise just how many wonderful Abbado moments you miss when enjoying the views of the musicians; it was quite a revelation. It is not preserved here. The recent Accentus Mahler 9 release (Mahler: Symphony No. 9 [Blu-ray] [2011] shows that it's possible on Blu-ray, so I'm afraid I simply find fault with EuroArts for taking the easy route, not making the effort to produce the disk they could have, and not, as the other releases have been, an HD version of the previous DVD release.

The performance is without fault. The release, bar the above, is excellent and deserves 5*s. But it could have been even better.
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