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Peter J. Rabinowitz
Fanfare, November 2010

Many people, even people who enjoy opera on screen, don’t much care for videos of concert performances. I’d urge them, though, to try the new Blu-ray version of the Abbado/Lucerne Mahler Third. Attentive both to minute detail and to the symphony’s large-scale architecture, Abbado’s reading is simultaneously one of the most vividly colored and one of the most eloquent that the symphony has ever received. The surround sound will knock you out—and you can always turn off your monitor if you find the visual component distracting.

Karl Lozier
Positive Feedback Online, May 2010

Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 is truly a monumental composition and a particularly long one at more than a hundred minutes. Unlike most symphonies having four movements, it has six, one less than earlier scores with seven. That seventh movement was then adapted into Mahler’s beautiful fourth symphony that is now his most popular. The main themes here are man and nature, very serious themes indeed.

Mahler’s love of the human voice is excellently taken care of here with contralto Anna Larsson, plus both women’s and children’s choirs. The filming of all the participants is excellently done; the performances are simply outstanding (as is the Blu-ray sound quality). Abbado resists the typical over emphasis of the louder/more powerful passages. All around the end result is superb in all respects and I must award it my very highest recommendation with or without the excellent video.

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