Mahler: Symphony No. 6 - Lucerne Festival Orchestra & Claudio Abbado [Blu-ray]
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symphony's premiere in 1906, Abbado leads a heart-felt rendition of Mahler's
tragic and prophetic Symphony No. 6; the performance was made all the more
powerful because of Abbado's long association with Mahler's music.
Top Customer Reviews
Be sure your neighbors are away if you turn up the volume. Not only will you hear the distant cowbells, but the drums will threaten to shake the walls and floors. My two little fox terriers left the room with their tails down--and they usually like Mahler!
Don't let the subtitle "Tragic" make you think less of this Mahler symphony. Many Mahler enthusiasts agree that it is "tragic" only in the sense that, despite all our successes, sufferings and trials in life, mortality will claim us in the end.
Abbado and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra do it again, turning in the best performance of Mahler's Sixth since Leonard Bernstein did it decades ago. For those familiar with Mahler's Sixth, yes, this includes two devastating hammerblows with a large wooden mallet and a resonating wooden box--finally these are hammerblows approaching the huge mallet used by Leonard Bernstein. I could rave on about how clearly you can see and hear each instrument as it plays its part in this giant symphony, but you can see it for yourself.Read more ›
Abbado has made two previous and successful recordings of this symphony for CD in 1979 with the Chicago Symphony and then in 2005. This latter recording with the Berlin Philharmonic was voted record of the year by the jury at the influential `Gramophone' magazine. The current recording was made in 2006 and differs little from the 2005 audio-only CD. Of course there is the undoubted huge advantage of actually seeing the interpretation unfold before our very eyes.
This symphony is often considered to be Mahler's most tragic symphony and much has been made of the significance of the hammer blows incorporated in the music - the blows of fate. Tragic events of Mahler's life are associated with this and these are regularly referred to as the death of his young daughter, the diagnosis of his own fatal illness plus the loss of his job. Another possibility is the effect of unrest preceding the 1914 war. However all of these events came after the composition of the symphony which was first performed in 2006 and which had been written at a particularly happy time in Mahler's life.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The best qualities are present here: direction, execution, delivery, lucidity. What more could you want?
Among the best of a Mahler collection.
I have never quite understood what led people to believe that Claudio Abbado was some sort of great Mahler guru. Read morePublished on April 18, 2012 by Mahlerinmyblood
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