Symphony No 9
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.