Claudio Abbado & Lucerne Festival Orchestra - Bruckner 5 [Blu-ray]
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Listeners first encountering this 5th. symphony, if they were familiar with other Bruckner works, could be forgiven for thinking that the first movement in particular was constructed from discarded pieces of melody from earlier symphonies, strung together with no overall plan in mind. Certainly, the developmental agenda is not obvious. However, things seem to get more cogent as the movements progress, although there are still instances where beautiful little snippets of melody are left hanging without resolution.
Abbado does a pretty good job of hanging all this together - no mean feat for what must be a devilishly difficult conducting assignment. Just watch how he creates the little nuances in rubato and volume.
Gerhard Knapp in his review has doubts about the Lucerne orchestra being the ideal Bruckner orchestra, and I know what he means, although I think it's more the hall than the orchestra. If you listen during the brass chorales, you can tell the Lucerne hall, being narrow and relatively low-ceilinged, has a short decay time, thereby making it hard for the music to breathe in the Bruckner "cathedral of sound" manner. Compare this recording to, say, the Bruckner 7th, recorded by Welser-Most and the Cleveland Orchestra in Severance Hall. The difference in reverberation, and therefore fullness of sound, is quite marked.Read more ›
While Abbado's interpretation is certainly not barnstorming, neither is it limp wristed. Although utilizing a large orchestra Abbado approaches many aspects of this work more as a piece of chamber music-thus the subtleties of the wind and brass writing are gloriously displayed. His hand picked orchestra plays flawlessly and the whole symphony is expertly paced. While Gunther Wand's DVD version is also noteworthy , its filming is somewhat dated and the performance is less coherent than Abbado's.
Listening and watching on a decent home theater system I found the warm and clear sound perfectly acceptable. The performance is additionally well filmed. Highly recommended.
Abbado's recording has received much praise elsewhere, and I gladly agree that his is a very special reading, full of warmth and sensitivity to the composer's mood swings. I do not quite concur with Ian Giles regarding the problems with the recording's dynamic range he experienced: I listened (with headphones) to both soundtracks and, yes, the dynamic range is wide and some piano passages are low in volume indeed, but all in all the dynamics are not out of line for me. The video is very good, so is the audio, up to today's very best standards (see C Major!). As to the interpretation, I don't find the Lucerne Festival Orchestra ideally suited to Bruckner's idiom and his sonorities. At times I sensed some tentativeness in ensemble or intonation, too subtle to pinpoint exactly.Read more ›
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The last five minutes of this Blu-ray of a concert from the 2011 Lucerne Festival consist of applause, fading out only after members of the orchestra have left the stage and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jeff Wolf
Even if you're an atheist or agnostic there's one deity who existence cannot be denied: Zeitgeist. Omnipotent indeed are its powers. Attribute omnipresence to it too. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Bernard Michael O'Hanlon
As usual with the late Claudio Abbado's recordings with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra this is absoluely splendidPublished 16 months ago by K. Bennett
This is certainly an improvement over Abbado's previous recording of Bruckner's 5th symphony with the Vienna Philharmonic. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Mogulmeister
I was introduced to Bruckner’s Fifth in the late 1960s with Eugen Jochum’s “monumentalized” approach at a live concert, and then on his LP set. Read morePublished on February 7, 2014 by S. Lachterman
Being able to watch the musicians with their instruments brings an additional dimension to the experience of this excellent recording.Published on November 30, 2013 by Bill Jordan
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