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Jens F. Laurson
Ionarts, November 2014

With the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Abbado gives the work the loving and big-name treatment that helps propel the easily overlooked gem to our deserved attention. © 2014 Ionarts Read complete review




Alain Steffen
Pizzicato, January 2014

Abbado’s First Bruckner Symphony, for sure one of the best in the catalogue, is refreshingly smooth and bright, with wind instruments, colorful strings and warm wood instruments. Transparence and clear lines give evidence of a rare analytic insight. © 2014 Pizzicato



Steven Kruger
Fanfare, January 2014

This is a wonderful CD. Claudio Abbado has had a long love affair with this Symphony, and it shows.

Something wonderful is happening in the world of recorded sound, I thought, as I listened to the richness and appeal of this electrifying reading. Engineers have managed to give the listener Bruckner’s full brass power without even a hint of that “metallic ball bearing of sound” you often find stuck between your speakers in Bruckner.

…this is the performance to have. It jumps off the page with remarkable beauty and power. The winds are idiomatic and characterful, the strings carry real depth, and the brass are flawless. So, astonishingly for Bruckner, every sound the orchestra makes comes across as gorgeous. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review




Philip Clark
Gramophone, November 2013

…this live First Symphony recorded at the 2012 Lucerne Festival is a mandatory listen for any self-respecting Brucknerhead.

Each note is massaged with an essential new fragrance. Every harmonic chess move counts.

Listening and marvelling is really the only option. © Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone





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