May 14, 2011 1:17 am

Mahler: Symphony No 9

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Mahler

Symphony No 9

Claudio Abbado

(Accentus Music)

Abbado has, of course, recorded Mahler’s Ninth before, but this DVD of last summer’s fabulously fluid performance with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra is an important release.

First, it brings together a peerless Mahler conductor with a hand-picked ensemble of huge individual talent. Second, it documents Abbado’s increasingly spiritual way with the music, the valedictory silences as much as the life-affirming vigour. I would have preferred it on CD, but this film has insights of its own.

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