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Lucerne Fest / Mahler Sym 1/ Prokofiev Piano Cto 3 [Blu-ray]


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Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Classical, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian (Unknown)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: EuroArts
  • DVD Release Date: October 26, 2010
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0040Y7EUQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231,117 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Claudio Abbato conducts the Lucerne Festival Orchestra with pianist Yuja Wong in this 2009 concert of works by Mahler and Prokofiev.

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Same quality as Mahler no.3.
S.M. Guo
The picture quality is a noticeable upgrade from the DVD and the audio, while no longer a discrete 5.1 mix, is lossless and does produce audio from all 5 channels.
gmahler
The 1080i video is very good also and shows how much physical labor is involved by the various musicians.
Steve Steckel

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By gmahler on November 19, 2010
Just read the one and only review for this Blu-ray that gave the disc a one star rating. I (like the other reviewer) have all the previously released Mahler / Abbado Blu-Ray releases.
The best so far is the 3rd and the worst is the 2nd. I used to have the DVD of the 2nd Sym, and even though I can confirm that the audio problem on the blu-ray exists, it's not a total disaster. The picture quality is a noticeable upgrade from the DVD and the audio, while no longer a discrete 5.1 mix, is lossless and does produce audio from all 5 channels. The dynamic range on the 5.1 lossless version made from the stereo master is still surprisingly successful; 3 out of 5 stars for audio, 4 for picture (while the 3rd would rate a full 5 stars for both audio and video).

Now, as for this release, I can't vouch for the previous reviews experience, but I had no problems with my blu-ray. Audio is a true lossless, discrete 5.1 mix with excellent separation, balance and dynamic range. All instruments were audible at all times and the performances are top notch for both the Prokofiev Piano Concerto and Mahler's 1st Symphony.
Picture quality is full 1080p and almost as good as the video quality on the Blu-Ray edition of Mahler's 3rd.

If this isn't what you see or hear, return your copy for another as I have checked this release on 3 different blu-ray machines (Oppo BDP 83, SONY PS3, and even the old original SONY entry level unit), all with the same stellar results. If you love Mahler (or Prokofiev), this is a must own release. The only questionable one of the bunch is the blu-ray of the 2nd Symphony, but I would argue that it's still worth owning as I'm not expecting a re-release of that title anytime soon.

Purchase this title without reservation!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steve Steckel on December 25, 2010
In my opinion, a great recording MUST be a marriage of not only a great performance but, also great sound. This blu-ray disc with DTS Master Audio DELIVERS!. I am not familiar with the Prokofiev so I don't feel qualified to comment. The Mahler first, ever since I was at a live performance by Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra, is one of my favorite pieces. As of now, in my opinion, this is the VERY best recording of this piece that I own or have heard, by a considerable margin. The 1080i video is very good also and shows how much physical labor is involved by the various musicians.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles TOP 100 REVIEWER on July 29, 2012
Abbado has the enviable reputation of being one of the world's finest Mahler conductors. This has been further reinforced by his set of performances held at Lucerne with his hand-picked orchestra constituting the Lucerne Festival orchestra.

This very large orchestra, apart from containing musicians of outstanding individual abilities, also lays great stress upon their empathy and experience with the world of chamber music. Thus is achieved the unusual combination of orchestral size allied to individual and corporate sensitivity. This suits Abbado's particular vision of Mahler and this is apparent throughout this recording which many would describe as close to definitive.

The upcoming series planned by Chailly, also on Blu-ray, might become a serious competitor to Abbado however. Chailly's Mahler 2 and 8 are now available. Some find Chailly preferable as an approach - being a degree less overtly emotional and more orchestrally cohesive rather than sharing Abbado's expanded chamber music approach perhaps. I personally find both approaches equally satisfying in their different ways (see my Chailly review of Mahler 2 for further details).

The Prokofiev for me however, is the complete revelation. Yuja Wang brings an astonishing level of artistic and technical perfection to this piece - and especially and unusually - sheer joy! Like Sarah Chang, the violinist, her delight in the music and her performance is illustrated time and time again by fleeting expressions and smiles of pleasure or amusement flitting across her face. No technical worries here, even at times of breakneck speed. A tremendous range of expression from delicacy to incisive power and all with total rhythmic mastery.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S.M. Guo on November 28, 2010
I have a PS3 and a SONY LCD. I am happy to report that I do not have any audio or video problem. Same quality as Mahler no.3.

As the performance... Mahler 1st is the main attraction and is better than Prokofiev no.3. Miss Wang's fingers are dazzling, but there is something intangible missing in this piece.
Still, both performances are very enjoyable. Read the DVD reviews if you desparately want a detailed analysis.
Lucerne Festival 2009: Symphony 1 / Piano Cto 3
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By Mike Stanton on January 22, 2011
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Audio and Video is superb. Period.

Music, well that Mahler 1 is wonderful. If you want a modern version of a Mahler 1, look no more - this is it.
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