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Claudio Abbado: Mahler - Symphony No. 3 [Blu-ray]

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Anna Larson performs with the Arnold Schoenberg Chor (female voices) and Toelzer Knabenchor and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra conducted by Claudio Abbado in 2007.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Claudio Abbado, Anna Larsson, Arnold Schoenberg Chor, Tlzer Knabenchor
  • Directors: Michael Beyer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Classical, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: EuroArts
  • DVD Release Date: November 17, 2009
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002P9K9SM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,802 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Robert Chervenak on December 4, 2009
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I've always loved Mahler's music, but I must admit that the third was not one of my favorites....until I got this DVD. The performance is just superb! Abbado is one of the truly great interpreters of Mahler and this DVD is a wonderful example. The orchestra, soloist and choruses are outstanding along with the sound and video on the Blu-Ray disc. I found it truly moving.

Folks, when you finally "get it", Mahler's music attains a spiritual quality that I have found no composer can match. The music can touch your soul, as this performance does. This now has become my favorite Mahler DVD and one of my favorite symphonies.
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Mahler's 3rd Symphony is my favourite work of this great composer. A massive work in its conception, this symphony develops in six movements, each movement capturing one particular aspect of Nature or the Universe, starting from the Earth itself (a hymn to god Pan) and progressively moving up through the realms of nature, to the flowers, the animals, man, the angels and finally Love (the sixth movement is one of the most beautiful & important moments of Western music).

I do not have words to describe the beauty either of this music or of the performance. I will only say that I have heard quite a few performances of this work and only few have the subtlety of feeling that Abbado and his Lucerne Festival Orchestra have. There are points where Mahler's exquisite chromatic harmonies could not sound clearer or better than this. Everything is just right, exactly as it should be. The soloists are top-notch, the sound on the DVD good and this is Abbado's masterpiece.

Not to be missed. Also, check out the Boulez recording, which is almost as good.
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I'd never been exposed to Mahler's music in a serious way until I watched this blu-ray. Wow, what an experience! I didn't expect the 1 hour and 40 minutes could be that joyful and enjoyable. The performance was just flawless and outstanding! I was really impressed by the spirit of the music that was brought by becoming "ONE" of the whole orchestra, the soprano, women's choir, boy's choir, and maestro Claudio Abbado. The very last moment when Abbado finishes and pauses, was very touching. Now I'm a crazy fan of Mahler thanks to them and this quality blu-ray. I just hope all the previous concerts of Mahler music, including Boulez's Symphony No. 2 Resurrection, are released in blu-ray in the nearest future.
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Another wonderful performance by Abbado and his Lucerne Festival Orchestra. The playing is first-rate, as are all the performances in this series and Abbado delivers another well thought-out interpretation. But I found the CD put out a few years ago by Salonen and the LA Phil to be just that much more exciting. I wish that recording had been put out in DVD. But I added this to my Mahler video collection and am quite pleased to have all Mahler symphonies to watch and listen to in terrific surround sound. Definitely worth the money!
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My baptism into the Mahler-on-DVD cycle of symphonies occurred with the No. 9, conducted by Claudio Abbado and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra (check it out). This performance was other-worldly, especially the last moments of the symphony, when Abbado holds the orchestra--and the audience--in quiet suspension for about two minutes before lowering his baton. So I have been going through all the other Mahler/Abbado/Lucerne DVDs, best served in the Blu-ray format. A little pricier, but a lot better. So when I came to the No. 3, I looked forward to its arrival, and was delighted with what I saw and heard. But two problems loomed. First of all, there was no "menu" at the beginning, just "Play" and "Trailers." That was odd . . . . how was I to select the appropriate audio format, and the correct sub-titles for the vocal parts? On my remote, I found a button for "sub-titles," and sure enough, four language selections popped up on the screen, and I programmed "English." OK so far. The digital display on my player showed the five-channel spread, but only the three front channels active. How to program the 5.1 channel surround? I was getting sound from the rear speakers, but it sounded just like the front speakers. So I called my local TV expert, and he told me that apparently this DVD was NOT recorded in a surround format, or it would say so somewhere on the DVD container. Well, I'm not at home, I'm at work, so I'll have to check that later. Anyway, it is a phenomenal recording, unique in its own way among all the Mahler symphonies: muffled bass drum, muffled trumpets, horns up-raised, off-stage brass, xylophone (only Mahler Symphony with this instrument), children's chorus and also female voices, etc. For me, for the longest time, this was the least of Mahler's symphonies. Not any more! And if I am wrong about the audio format, I welcome the correction. That accounts for the 4 stars, and not 5.

MJA
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