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Chris Morgan
Scene Magazine, February 2015

This recently released concert film captures the subtle, rooted power of the elder maestro, as he guides the Lucerne Festival Orchestra through the emotionally resonant repertoire of Brahms, Schoenberg and Beethoven. The unique connection between the instrumentalists and conductor cannot be overstated, since the ease with which Abbado communicates with the players is apparent from the opening blast of Brahms’ overture and continues through the rest of the program. Soprano Mihoko Fujimura is a powerful vocalist, and her performance of Schoenberg’s Song of the Wood Dove is resplendent in the extreme. © 2015 Scene Magazine Read complete review




Warwick Arnold
Limelight, January 2015

Orchestral Concert - BRAHMS, J. / SCHOENBERG, A. / BEETHOVEN, L. van (Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Abbado) (NTSC) ACC-20282
Orchestral Concert - BRAHMS, J. / SCHOENBERG, A. / BEETHOVEN, L. van (Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Abbado) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) ACC-10282

It is an intensely moving memorial. [Abbado’s] beloved “hand-picked” orchestra respond to his slightest gesture; what an extraordinary ensemble they are—a hyper-attentive giant chamber group all listening to one another, shaping phrases with love and care.

The main work is the Eroica Symphony…This was a loving performance crafted from years of experience and deep wisdom with phrases floating weightlessly and moments of breathtaking stasis and innigkeit. There is some exquisitely beautiful playing here such as that by oboist Lucas Macias Navarro. The sound is superb and the filming intelligent without gimmickry. © 2015 Limelight Magazine Read complete review



José Luis Bermúdez
Classical Net, September 2014

Both the Tragic Overture and the orchestral interlude from Gurreleider showcase the Festival Orchestra’s extremely fine string section, at its best in the late Romantic repertoire. In the “Song of the Wood-Dove” Abbado achieves a skillful and effective balance between the huge orchestra and the dark tone of Mihoko Fujimura’s mezzo-soprano. But the real highlight of the performance…is the Eroica symphony.

This performance reveals a deeply organic vision of the symphony and none of the movements can be taken on its own terms. The pacing of the scherzo…builds to a perfectly judged transition into the finale.

The Lucerne Festival was obviously very special. This disc is a very worthy celebration of 10 great years that yielded most of the high points of Abbado’s conducting career. © 2014 Classical Net Read complete review



Chris Morgan
Scene Magazine, September 2014

This recently released concert film captures the subtle, rooted power of the elder maestro, as he guides the Lucerne Festival Orchestra through the powerfully emotional repertoire of Brahms, Schoenberg and Beethoven. The unique connection between the instrumentalists and conductor cannot be overstated, since the ease with which Abbado communicates with the players is apparent from the opening blast of Brahms’ overture and continues through the rest of the program. Soprano Mihoko Fujimura is a powerful vocalist, and her performance of Schoenberg’s Song of the Wood Dove is resplendent in the extreme. This concert was Abbado’s final performance captured for both audio and visual mediums, and as such represents an invaluable addition any library of recordings that includes the maestro’s work. © 2014 Scene Magazine Read complete review





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