Mahler: Symphony No 9 / Abbado, Lucerne Festival Orchestra [blu-ray]

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This captures much of the peerless tone-colour, shape, drive and above all those hushed dynamics of [the] performance, awarded what feels like an infinite silence at the end... Abbado's pacing is unrivalled... the mixture of close-ups and wide shots in the final rituals is superb as ever from this team. Finest concert DVD ever? I think so.

– David Nice, BBC Music Magazine [6/2011]


Recorded live at the Concert Hall of the Culture and Convention Center, Lucerne, 19-21 August 2010.

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 Mahler’s last completed symphony. “A rendition ... of astonishing depth and subtlety” (Daily Telegraph).

Extraordinary highlight of the program is the additional perspective of the “Conductor Camera”. This special feature offers the option to experience Claudio Abbado from the orchestra’s perspective. The Blu-ray even provides a multi-angle feature to change the video angle between the program and the conductor camera during the whole concert.

Picture format: 1080i Full-HD
Sound format: PCM Stereo / DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Running time: 95 mins
No. of Discs: 1

Product Description:

  • Catalog Number: ACC10214

  • UPC: 4260234830057

  • Label: Accentus

  • Composer: Gustav Mahler

  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Lucerne Festival Orchestra