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Claudio Abbado: A Portrait

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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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  • Actors: Claudio Abbado, Mahler, Beethoven, Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Gvazava
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Box set, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Alliance
  • DVD Release Date: October 27, 2009
  • Run Time: 343 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B002MPD0H6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #414,155 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robin Howard on January 21, 2010
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This set of four videos present a wonderful insight into the spirit of one of the greatest conductors of all time. He has lived up to his goal, stated early in his career, of discovering a way to conduct an orchestra "without all that bullying." With the greatest of respect for musicians (especially young ones) Abbado leads elegant performances with monumental knowledge, vision and love.

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.
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