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The imposing experience of Mahler’s No. 6 is captured live in a performance of awesome silences and towering climaxes with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and Claudio Abbado.
Claudio Abbado has realised a dream with his new Lucerne Festival Orchestra. The orchestra, an exclusive ensemble of handpicked orchestral musicians, opens up new dimensions in the interpretation of symphonic music with exceptional soloists such as violinist Kolja Blacher, cellist Natalia Gutman and clarinettist Sabine Meyer filling the first desks.
Claudio Abbado is undeniably a supreme Mahler conductor and his best selling recordings with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra – symphonies No. 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7 and 9 have already been released on EuroArts – they have set new standards in interpretation of works by Gustav Mahler.
“It’s different having best friends together. Everyone is there to enjoy making music, to take pleasure, to play with enthusiasm, with passion. They are Aprepared to do any crazy thing I ask them for the sake of the music. To fly, to walk through fire.” Claudio Abbado
“Has there ever been a suaver, more transparent Mahler performance or one in which everything stays so beautifully in tune? ... Abbado’s music-making is a celebration of the purest joy.” The Gramophone Magazine
Picture format BD: 1080i Full HD - 16:9
Sounds formats BD: PCM 2.0, DTS HD Master Audio
Region code: All
Booklet notes: English, German, French
Running time: 89 mins
“It would be easy to make a journalistic meal out of the way a drained Abbado holds his hand on his heart in the everlasting-seeming half minute's silence at the end of this Mahler Six. But there's not a hint of emotional excess about this awe-inspiring performance, draining only by virtue of its total concentration and bewildering armoury of tonal beauties. ...the range of shots is unerring and keeps the cowbells out of sight as something other-worldly in an already supernatural performance.”
“Has there ever been a suaver, more transparent Mahler performance or one in which everything stays so beautifully in tune? ... Abbado’s music-making is a celebration of the purest joy.”
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