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Bruckner: Symphony No 9 Lucerne Festival O/Abbado DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON ?????

July 25, 2014

Andrew Clements

Claudio Abbado conducted his final concerts at the Lucerne festival in August last year, and this disc of Bruckner's ninth conveys some sense of just how special an occasion it was, and how those who were lucky enough to be there are unlikely ever to forget it. The Bruckner symphonies Abbado conducted with the fabulous Lucerne Festival Orchestra in the last decade of his life were very different from almost any other conductor's treatment of the composer, and also from his own earlier recordings. There was a transparency to them, which is beautifully captured again on this disc, especially in the great transfiguring adagio with which the torso of the ninth ends. In this final musical testament, time seems infinitely elastic, and everything has all the space it needs.

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Source: Guardian (UK)

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