Claudio Abbado conducts Prokofiev, Berg & Tchaikovsky

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Claudio Abbado conducts Prokofiev, Berg & Tchaikovsky


BBC Music Magazine

DVD Choice - January 2011

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1st Nov 2010




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Claudio Abbado conducts Prokofiev, Berg & Tchaikovsky

Lucerne Festival at Easter 2010


Lulu-Suite (Five Symphonic Pieces) for soprano and orchestra

Anna Prohaska (soprano)


Scythian Suite, Op. 20


Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 'Pathétique'

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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.

Prokofiev’s extrovert Scythian Suite is a gift for the boundless energy of these young players, while the intricacy and anguish of Berg’s Lulu-Suite are an Abbado speciality, with soprano Anna Prohaska, in her Lucerne Festival debut, singing the heroine’s dazzling statement of self-justification.

The concert ends with an impassioned account of Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique, his final symphony, one of the most moving works in music history.

Picture Format DVD: NTSC 16:9

Sound Formats DVD: Dolby Digital 5.1., DTS 5.1, PCM Stereo,

Region Code: 0 (worldwide)

Booklet notes: Songtexts in German

Running Time: 111:45

Disc Format: DVD 9

FSK: 0

BBC Music Magazine

January 2011


“It's amazing the way Abbado brings the melodic writing to the fore in the very different worlds of the Prokofiev and the Berg Lulu Suite, crowned by Anna Prohaska's meaningful characterisation...As for Tchaikovsky's Pathétique, I challenge you to sit unshaken through the way Abbado nurtures string tone, body and vibrato from his Latin players.”

Financial Times

14th January 2011


“Aided by superb camera work, we see him, gaunt but energised, bringing sophistication and élan to Prokofiev’s monster canvas, conjuring magic and fragrance from the Berg and driving the Pathétique to the edge of the abyss.”

Classic FM Magazine

March 2011


“It's scintillatingly communicative. Some of the players are noticeably a touch nervous; it makes the Tchaikovsky grippingly heartfelt while the Berg...has an edgy quality that really brings it alive...Watching Abbado's response to these young Latinos, and vice-versa, reminds you of those transcendental human qualities music has...I can't imagine there being a more engaging audio-visual recording of [these works]”

International Record Review

April 2011

“the combination of [Abbado's] sophisticated ear for sonority with the band's raw energy and sheer strength in numbers make for some terrific music-making...his exquisite touch is evident throughout in what is obviously a meticulously prepared account as well as a suitably emotive one...[Prohaska] is marvellous.”

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