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Various: Abbado/ Sbyo Venezuela (Scythian Suite/ Lulu-Suite/ Pathetique) [DVD] [2010]

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  • Actors: Simón Bolívar, Youth Orchestra Of Venezuela, Anna Prohaska
  • Format: Classical, Colour, DVD-Video, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Accentus
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Nov. 2010
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0042UD51U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 126,788 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Five years after first conducting the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra in their Venezuelan home, Claudio Abbado continues his commitment to this stunning ensemble in this first joint audiovisual concert recording. Prokofievs extrovert Scythian Suite is a gift for the boundless energy of these young players, while the intricacy and anguish of Bergs Lulu-Suite are an Abbado speciality, with soprano Anna Prohaska, in her Lucerne Festival debut, singing the heroines dazzling statement of self-justification. The concert ends with an impassioned account of Tchaikovskys Pathétique, his final symphony, one of the most moving works in music history.


Abbado ... draws everything from this orchestra - and everything this marvel requires is there. --Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

...a sound that, even in the dazzling glare of the brass, kept its razor-sharp edge and precise outlines. And so left room for incredible colours to emerge... --Zentralschweiz am Sonntag

It's amazing the way Abbado brings the melodic writing to the fore in the very different worlds of the Prokofiev(Scythian suite) and Berg's Lulu suite,crowned By Anna Prohaska's meaningful characterisation of both the amoral heroine and the one person who truly loves her,Countess Geschwitz. Flawless mastery as always from the Lucerne team. Performance ***** Picture & Sound **** BBC MUSIC DVD CHOICE --BBC Music Magazine,Jan'11

All in all,it's scintillatingly communicative. **** --Classic FM Magazine,Mar'11

Abbado's programme confirms that the sky the limit for graduates of El Sistema. --IRR,Apr'11

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This very interesting concert from Lucerne done by the now famous Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela gives much insight in how fast they've learned a lot. Conducted by Claudio Abbado - who does so much with and for youth orchestras (Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra etc.) - it's a very challenging programme with a blockbuster (Tchaikofsky's 6th) and some of the 20th century most interesting works: the Lulu suite from Alban Berg. It's fascinating how these youthful players can manage to learn so much repertoire (they do Mahler 1 and 5, Shostakovitch 10, Beethoven 5 and 7 with ease and skill) in so short a time. Their energy drips of this DVD. They attack the music as you don't see with the riper and older symphony orchestra. Abbado's coaching is clearly visible and he encourages the players now and then to play somewhat louder or softer; orchestral balance is only to be learned in practice! For me it's also very interesting to see and hear that violas are placed at the right hand of the conductor and that makes the orchestral balance much more dynamic.

In the wind instruments Tchaikofsky's 6th has been scored for 3 Flutes (3rd doubling Piccolo), 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets, 2 Bassoons, 4 Horns, 2 Trumpets, 3 Trombones; I don't know why this performance needs 8 horns and 4 Trumpets. Was it to add weight to the interpretation (considering the amount of strings isn't strengthened) or did Abbado think 4 youthful hornists can't blow forceful enough or they must have thought `we came to Europe with 8 horn players so let's give them playing time'? The recording doesn't give a clou; in the normal Dolby-mode it stays a little flat as with many other orchestral DVD's.

The only question that remains for me is: how is het possible that in a country - obviously (but also objectively?) poorer than mine - youth seems to have so much interest in classical music? Why don't we have an internationally renowned youth orchestra over here too, taken up by one of our star conductors?
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By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER on 18 Feb. 2014
This concert by the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra, recorded in Lucerne in 2010, is really quite a special event, to which another level of poignancy is added by the recent passing of Claudio Abbado. He is miraculous here in terms of his evident feel for the music and communicative elan towards the players, who respond with an ardour that can only arise out of a profound regard for him. It is particularly striking in the Tchaikovsky Pathetique, where Abbado's face and movements convey the heart of the music with great power, if held in reserve by his innate decorum. The tension between these two things is very marked and lifts the performance to the sublime. There is something very youthful about his way with the music, his finding the point of emphasis in each phrase, and the way he is simultaneously in the moment and linking it to what comes next. His shaping of the phrase seems to reveal it anew. As for the players, they couldn't be more involved, and play with an openheartedness that is very moving. Right from the off one is struck by their absolute mastery, technically; also, I couldn't help thinking that Tchaikovsky would probably have liked to see a bassoonist with such a charming profile play the opening low phrases! And he's certainly not alone in this regard, which does no harm on a DVD even if it is somewhat extraneous to the music ... The other works are played with equal sensitivity and energy, and form marvellous contrasts. Prokofiev's Scythian Suite is almost on a par with the Rite of Spring in its savagery, fully brought out in this performance; the Lulu Suite by Berg makes a fascinating change of gear, representing a pitch of sophistication.Read more ›
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It is wonderful to watch Abbado enjoying conducting this superbly talented orchestra from Venezuela. The performance of the Tchaikovsky alone makes this disc worth every penny. The music world misses him so much. I remember very vividly the few times i have attended his concerts and i am so grateful that there are so many great dvd's of his performances, the beethoven cycle paticularly but also the mahler nine from luzern. This disc has a very special feel to it as well.
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