Claudio Abbado: A Portrait [Import]
Claudio Abbado is one of the greatest conductors of today, and undeniably the supreme Mahler conductor of our time. This box contains two of the best-known works of Mahler but also a wonderful performance of Bruckner's Symphony No.7 and of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.3, all conducted by maestro Abbado.
DVD 1: Mahler: Symphony No.2, Lucerne Festival Orchestra; DVD 2: Mahler: Symphony No.9, Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester; DVD 3: Bruckner: Symphony No.7/Beethoven Piano Concerto No.3, Alfred Brendel, Lucerne Festival Orchestra; DVD 4: Documentary Hearing the Silence
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Abbado directs each measure of a composition with a clear understanding of where the music has been and where it is going. Long term crescendos unfold in perfect proportion with an impeccable sense of timing and his face reflects joy along every step of the journey. His performance of Mahler's Resurrection Symphony in this set is my personal favorite recording of any kind.