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5.0 out of 5 stars A Mahler/Abbado treasure, 20 Aug. 2010
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This review is from: Mahler: Symphony No.1/ Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No.3 [DVD] [2010] [NTSC] (DVD)
I discovered Mahler through his Symphony no 1 followed by no 4, but it took some time before I was, let's say, ready for the mammoth symphonies. Compared to his other symphonies, no 1 is often a little neglected, unjustifiably. However, it is interesting that Abbado and his superb Lucerne Festival Orchestra have recorded for DVD almost all of the other symphonies before arriving at no 1 (no 9 should be recorded this year, and is it asking too much for no 8 next year?) Therefore it is always nice to come back to the work where it all started for me, and for many others.

Abbado conducts both works (the symphony is coupled with Prokofiev's piano concerto no 3) without baton, the first time that I see him do this.

The symphony is played superbly. The music pulsates forward with incredible impetus and vitality. Abbado's interaction with the orchestra and his minimal movements just show that this is a magic combination. Their relationship has clearly reached maturity now. My favourite movement of this symphony is the third movement. The combination of Frere Jacques in a minor key, and the almost cabaret style music make for magic moments.

The Prokofiev Piano concerto no 3 with Yuja Wang will inevitably be compared with Abbado's recording with Martha Argerich, the first recording he ever made for Deutsche Grammophon. Wang is a great pianist already, and life as a young artist does not get much better than with an endorsement from Claudio Abbado. Look at what he has done for other artists like Christine Schäfer, Jonas Kauffman and Anna Netrebko. It is amazing to watch Wang play this concerto with such calm, hiding how immensely difficult it really is.

This DVD is highly recommended, and is a welcome next installment in the Abbado Lucerne Mahler cycle.

One last point: Sir Simon Rattle, who succeeded Claudio Abbado as music director at the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, attended this concert. That in itself is a recommendation.
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Initial post: 21 Jan 2012, 11:29:47 GMT
Last edited by the author on 28 Jan 2012, 11:49:04 GMT
''BOSS'' says:
Shake RATTLE And Roll.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jan 2012, 15:18:37 GMT
Last edited by the author on 21 Jan 2012, 17:39:01 GMT
What an odd comment to come from a top 500 reviewer. By the way, Simon RATTLE is not a good interpreter of Mahler.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2012, 13:05:47 GMT
[Deleted by the author on 27 Jan 2012, 13:07:51 GMT]

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2012, 13:05:48 GMT
Last edited by the author on 28 Jan 2012, 11:50:02 GMT
''BOSS'' says:
Again a humorous reply, which has no bearing because an Amazon reviewer is in the top 500.
It is probably having some fun humour that actually took me that far up Amazon's reviewers charts in the first place.
Another well written and interesting review of yours as well.
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