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Abbado and Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra - Easter 2010 at Lucerne Festival


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  • Actors: Anna Prohaska, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Alban Berg, Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  • Directors: Michael Beyer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Naxos of America, Inc.
  • DVD Release Date: November 16, 2010
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0042UD51U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,934 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Abbadodraws everything from this orchestra - and everything this marvel requires is there. --Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

a sound that, even in the dazzlingglare of the brass, kept its razor-sharp edge and precise outlines. And so left room for incredible colours to emerge --Zentralschweiz am Sonntag

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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.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Clive S. Goodwin on December 8, 2010
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This is no second rate orchestra. I've heard plenty of worse playing from so-called name bands.

For me the Tchaikovsky was the winner here. Abbado knows how to coax the right phrasing out of these young people. The tempi were good for me, not too frantic as per Karajan, and not boring as per Ozawa.The finale was particularly moving. If you only want one Pathetique, this is it.

The Prokofiev is fun, if a bit lightweight. Playing is very good indeed.

I'm not fond of Berg, so I may not be the best judge of this Lulu set. Prohaska sings her one aria plus a violent scream towards the end, which actually made me jump! I liked her much better in the Mozart aria, which was beatifully done.

I thought the sound quality to be very good, using dts with center channel depressed 2db.

This label looks like a spin-off from EuroArts.(Accentus).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Gascoyne on May 1, 2014
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Life and death. Tchaikovsky probably sensing death, Abbado knowing his end is nigh and the orchestra young and invincible. I listen to music for the emotion weaved into a learned interpretation. Bernstein and Levine are my kind of conductors. Here Abbado gets sounds in this familiar symphony that I have not heard before. While the orchestra does not sway like a wheat field in a tempest a la Dudamel, Abbado does accept some real body movement as the players put there all into it. I don't think there has been such a unique interpretation of this symphony since Ferenc Fricsay - every collection should have them both.
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3 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Harre on December 1, 2010
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The young musicians are wonderful, even though I was doubtful given all the hype they have received. Abbado does a terrific job getting the best they have to give. The soloist does an effortless job of the terrifying role of Lulu in the the LULU SUITE.

Disappointments were lightening. I felt I was watching a youngster with a new toy playing around to see what he could do. The poor Lulu soloist looked like she was white faced as in the old vaudeville days. Lighting unnecessarily changes within the PATHETIQUE. The sound is less excellent that it should be. There are no translations in the liner notes or on the DVD of the LULU text. There should be. It's not readily available.

This is one of the initial releases on the new Accentus label produced by Paul Smaczny who has done a wonderful job with the Lucerne Festival and Abbado dvds in the past. I'd hoped for the same high quality. It's not here.

The music and musicians are so good, I'd still recommend it.
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