Gustav Mahler. Symphony No. 9
Mahler's music was a true passion for maestro Claudio Abbado,, the leitmotif of his creative quest. He turned to her throughout his life, performing the most complex scores with the best orchestras in the world, invariably - by heart.
In August 2010, the maestro presented Mahler's Symphony No. 9 with his "orchestra of soloists" - the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. This recording of the last symphony, the composer's "swan song", was the culmination of a successful Mahler cycle.
You can often hear that Mahler in perception of Claudio Abbado is peaceful, smooth and distinguished by unsurpassed orchestral transparency. Some of his intonations (for example, the long pianissimo at the very end of this symphony) sound like music from the other world, and two minutes of complete silence after the final adagio is the best evidence of his incredible impact of hypnotic skill.
"Performance ... of amazing depth and subtlety" (Daily Telegraph).
"No one wants to deprive themselves of such a radical experience." (Diapason d'Or)
"This is the symphony not to be missed." (Gramophone Magazine)
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 9 in D major
Lucerne Festival Orchestra
Conductor - Claudio Abbado
Lucerne Culture and Congress Centre (KKL)