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Mahler: Symphony No. 8 / Chailly, Lucerne Festival Orchestra [Blu-ray]

Mahler / Chailly / Lucerne Festival Orchestra
Release Date: 05/19/2017 
Label:  Accentus   Catalog #: 10390  
Composer:  Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tölz Boys ChoirOrféon DonostiarraLucerne Festival Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Gustav Mahler’s 8th Symphony breaks the boundaries of the symphonic form in a world-embracing gesture. Riccardo Chailly is one of the staunchest performers of this work, and therefore it seemed appropriate in many ways that he chose this work for his inaugural concert as Claudio Abbado’s successor and new music director of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. The artistic statement was combined with a deeply personal conviction: it should be a “tribute to Claudio,” the highly esteemed friend and colleague to whom Chailly, as he emphasizes, owes very much. On 12 August 2016, Claudio Abbado’s unfinished Mahler cycle with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra was completed in a breathtaking performance of the Mahler 8th, simultaneously heralding in a new Read more era in Lucerne. Read less

Works on This Recording

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Symphony no 8 in E flat major "Symphony of A Thousand" by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tölz Boys Choir,  Orféon Donostiarra,  Lucerne Festival Orchestra  ... 
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906; Vienna, Austria 

Customer Reviews

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 Stunning Performance July 30, 2017 By Richard F. (Lewisburg, PA) See All My Reviews "Chailly shows himself to be a master of the Mahler 8th. It is a stunning performance with remarkable attention to detail. He does not simply overwhelm with voices and bombast but expresses the various dualisms and struggles of the piece, with great care. Maybe the very best of the performance is the first 10 or so orchestral minutes at the beginning of Part II. It is reflective and provoking. The stunning KKL concert-hall provides a wonderful set of sights and sounds, with the Lucerne Festival orchestra giving its best. One might complain about a soloist or two but stretching sound to its limits is very much part of the piece. The packaging is dismal and should have been much better done. But one buys this blu-ray for the performance and not the words said about it (including these). Overall one of the best performances of those available and a wonderful record of a set of nights dedicated to the great Claudio Abbado, who guided this orchestra and festival for so many years. One can only be grateful to Chailly for this homage." Report Abuse
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