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Abbado Conducts Mahler Symphonies 1-7 [Blu-ray]

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Classical, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: EuroArts
  • DVD Release Date: April 26, 2011
  • Run Time: 550 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004P96WJ0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,769 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Claudio Abbado conducts the Lucerne Festival Orchestra in this 4-disc set.

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Abbado's vision is very much a visionary approach.
I. Giles
My favorites are symphonies No. 1 to 3 and then 5 and 6.
R. Kreutzer
Video quality on all discs is identical to this release.

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81 of 83 people found the following review helpful By gmahler on April 28, 2011
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This review is for everyone wondering about the audio and video quality of this release in comparison to the original blu-ray releases.

NOTE: no comparison is made for Sym #7 as I only own the DVD of that symphony.

1) Video quality on all discs is identical to this release. Even though discs 1-3 now have double the content, they are on BD 50s and have the exact same bit rate
and have the same strengths and weaknesses. Symphony #3 looks the best with Sym #6 a close 2nd, again just like the original releases.

2) Audio quality: The Big Issue! First off, the back of the box makes it sound like there is no DTS-Master Audio track for disc 3. This is NOT the case. I don't know what that's all about, but I can confirm that the audio on Disc 3 (Symphonies 5 & 6) is identical to their respective original releases. There are two audio options for each disc LPCM 2.0 and DTS HD Master Audio 5.1.

Next, the controversial Symphony #2 (on Disc #1) IS THE NEW RE-RELEASE AUDIO VERSION! If you own the original release, go straight to the 5th movement and play the explosive opening. You will die when you hear the difference (and you will not be disappointed)!

Finally, Symphony #4. I had never played my original blu-ray copy of this symphony until making this comparison. I have read quite a few reviews of this release and most give this disc very high marks for audio. That being said, some who have purchased the original disc have said that (like Sym. #2) the audio is not a true discrete 5.1 DTS Master-Audio mix but a repurposed stereo mix. I hear no difference between the audio on the original release and the audio on disc 2 (Symphonies 3 & 4) in this box set. That being said, the audio on this disc is nowhere near as bad as the original Sym.
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Carl J. Weber on June 20, 2011
As a dedicated classical music listener and audiophile for decades, I can say that this set has totally changed my view about the future of home entertainment. I was somewhat burned out on Mahler given the plethora of releases of his symphonies and numbers of live performances I have seen. I was also somewhat indifferent to Maestro Abbado, not having included much of his output previously in my collection. I knew him to be a great conductor, but there were plenty of other great ones, too, I thought.

All that changed dramatically upon obtaining this set. This is a definite "must have" among all other renditions of Mahler's symphonies. I doubt I will ever seek any other performances of these works after traversing this absolutely magnificent set. They are superbly and movingly performed by wonderful artists with superb sonics. But, the beautifully done video component adds a whole new dimension of insight into the passion, the sensitivity and the artistry of Mahler's music and of the musicians who perform it. I have been an SACD multichannel music lover, but this is in a class by itself.

After being dazzled by opera on Blu-ray, I have now come to realize how live concert performances in this medium can offer even more listener involvement in the music and the performance than audio-only. It is totally engrossing, totally enjoyable. Not only does it exceed the hi rez audio-only listening experience, but in some ways, it exceeds even live performance because of the deftly done, intimate close-ups of conductor and performers. It gets us closer to live performance than anything in any medium to date.

And, what can one say about Maestro Abbado himself? One gets to know him musically and on an emotional level that is unparalleled.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Ultrarunner on August 20, 2011
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Mahler along with Wagner, are two composers that you must done have some reading about their lives, as then you will obtain a better understanding of their music.I suggest 'Mahler, a life' by Jonathan Carr. It is not a weighty tome,but destroys some of the myths surrounding Mahler,and 'Mahler an Introduction to his music'by Deryck Cooke, obtained from Amazon.

Mahler's parents were ill suited, but it producted 14 children,of whom only seven survived. Much has been made about the fact that this had an effect upon Mahler. But the death rate when he was born in 1860 amongest infants were high.He grew up in Iglau,Moravia,near a military barracks, with its trumpet sounds, and bands, dance tunes in the town on Saturday nights and regional folk music. Nearby was the countryside, which became a refuge for him. Bernard Mahler, his father, noticed Gustav's musical talent, for he himself was attempting to better himself intellectually.He obtained a music teacher and eventually Gustav entered the Vienna conservatory. Later on Mahler became conductor and director of the Vienna Court orchestra from 1897-1907. In 1902 he married Alma, who was years younger then he. She wanted to be his muse. He told her bluntly that she must give up her composing for him.She mixed in a artistic circle and was their pin up girl.Her parents and step father were artistic. Unfortunately, she was not as intelligent as she thought. Her books about her life with Mahler are to be taken lightly. He was a difficult man, but self sufficent, and would compose alone in a hut.She got her revenge in her memoirs.

Parts of his Seventh symphony influenced Webern,Berg and Schonberg.Although Mahler did not understand Schonbergs music he supported him in every way he could, including giving him money.
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