All of the same as with maestro Abbado's excellent recording of the same symphony with the Berliner Philharmoniker (Mahler: Symphony No.7) goes here as well. And with some extra's, like the excellent and captivating images of the orchestra and the maestro at work. But also, the sound is even better (balanced) here than in the 2002 Berlin recording, which is quite a feat. The sound is even more 'rounded out' here, with a sense of more depth - a completely natural and positively crystal clear soundscape. Sometimes the mandoline or the guitar sounds 'spotlighted' somewhat, but since the camera is pointed directly at the instruments - so that it seems to be 'in our face', as it were - it only feels and sounds completely natural.
I would like to repeat what I said earlier, for the Berlin recording, which I adore, namely that Claudio Abbado and the orchestra manage to sustain notes and melodies, 'energy', over the longest possible arcs, never lingering, providing the music with a wonderful sense of coherence - a feeling of the music continually moving on deliberately and purposefully. This sometimes feels like a swift performance, full of (nervous) energy, just because of this immence concentration and intensity of playing. But while other conductors would resort to 'tricks' or idiosyncracies to stress the character of certain passages in the music, maestro Abbado always seems to make the music sound the way it should (boisterous, mysterious, sweet, energetic, feverish...) without EVER (over)stressing any point or 'resorting to tricks'. And no sentimentality whatsoever: only the purest of sentiments here. True 'purified' or 'rarified' Mahler.
Alongside for example the absolutely gorgeous DVD of Mahler's Ninth (Mahler - Symphony No. 9 / Claudio Abbado, Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, Accademia Di Santa Cecilia, Rome), this performance/recording is to be rated as some of the best Mahler ever, IMHO. Also, the playing of this Lucerne Festival Orchestra, with some of the 'best in the trade', could not be bettered, of course. Highly recommended.