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Mahler: Symphony No.9 [DVD] [2011] [NTSC]

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  • Actors: Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Claudio Abbado
  • Format: Classical, Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Accentus
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Jan. 2011
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004DIPLOK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,007 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.

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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

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 unparalleled 'orchestra of soloists'in Mahler's valedictory Ninth. EDITORS CHOICE --Gramophone,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

BBC Music Magazine: DVD (Performance) Award Winner --- It's surely that extraordinary relationship which makes this Maher Ninth uniquely compelling: the searing commitment to Abbado is written on each face; their edge-of-the-seat concentration, and eye contact with the conductor, charged with meaning. --BBC Music Magazine May '12

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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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This performance must count as one of the very best in the history of recorded sound. Abbado goes right to the heart and soul of the music, giving us a rare glimpse into the composer's mind and the depth of his inspiration. The members of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra are clearly aware they are in the midst of greatness and respond accordingly. It is hard to believe that after so many years of outstanding music making, Abbado is no longer with us, but his recorded legacy is huge and bears testimony to his towering gifts.
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I have been familiar with Mahler's 9th Symphony since the late 1960s when I bought Solti's version recorded on Decca with the London Symphony. That version I loved, and it is a pity that it is no longer available. However, a couple of years back I managed to purchase a copy of the famous Barbirolli recording on CD courtesy of EMI, and that was an extraordinary achievement, difficult to surpass I would imagine.

Having viewed Abbado's version of Mahler's 5th Symphony recorded with the Lucerne Festival orchestra recently, encouraged by positive reviews I decided to purchase this version.

I am glad I did, for although Abbado takes a much slower tempo than Barbirolli, Solti, even Berstein, I enjoyed it tremendously. The picture quality is absolutely outstanding for a blu-ray edition and cannot be faulted. I must admit though, as far as the audio is concerned, i did have difficulty with certain parts of the work, having to turn up the volume substantially, most particularly during the final bars of the first movement, and also the final bars of the Adagio which contains some of the most haunting music ever composed by any composer. Dimming the lights was something I had never experienced in a concert before, it certainly enhanced my experience of watching this on my Home Cinema.

It is not surprising that Abbado and the orchestra were given a standing ovation, for overall it was a great viewing experience.

Movie buffs will I am sure have spotted that fine Swiss actor Bruno Ganz (Downfall; The Reader; Unknown) in the audience. He certainly seems to have enjoyed the concert like everyone else who was there, an unforgettable night for all.
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I think with this recording, we have hte pinnacle of a lifetime'sa achievment from Maestro Claudio Abbado. The playing I would describe is absolutely first class, or dare I say, beyond first class! Thoroughly enjoyed this and will be playing it again and again..............
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Most of these reviews are of another performance by Abbado of Mahler 9 with the Mahler Youth Orchestra, also svailable on DVD (it is very moving, as they report). The product advertised here is with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and just one reviewer talks about their differences very interestingly. Don't confuse the two.
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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.
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