Abbado's last recording

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Abbado's last recording

Bruckner's 9th with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra... amazing. Just amazing. 

 

A pity that it isn't issued in high res, because this must be one of the finest live recordings I've ever had the priviledge of listening to on my system. No applause is included.

 

Cheers,

 

EJ

Sonic quality

This issue is now also available in high resolution, and it is indeed a big step up in quality. In terms of performance, I remain impressed. It has joined my personal Bruckner #9 top 3, with Haitink/'81 and - the sadly underrated - Sinopoli.

 

EJ

I agree EJ. The recent Abbado

I agree EJ. The recent Abbado Bruckner 9 is very good, albeit stitched together from more than one performance, and of course there is the added poignancy of it being his final thoughts on the music.

The recording I first got to know was Giulini and the VPO and the sense of calm conveyed in those final bars still stuns me every time I hear it. I've never heard the Sinopoli you refer but he's a conductor I admire so I can imagine it must be well worth a listen. I'm making progress with Rattle's excellent four movement version but having that fourth movement after the closing bars of the third takes some getting used to. It's a good idea to get to know the symphony in this version because after all the composer never intended the piece to end peacefully with the third movement.

Nine must be a magic number for me because I place Beethoven's, Mahler's and Bruckner's ninths above all the rest in their outputs. I've a bluray of Abbado at Lucerne in Mahler 9 and it is an utterly compelling performance.

Graham

Bruckner's finished unfinished

Hi Graham - Bruckner nut here, I love all his symphonies and particularly numbers 5, 8 and 9. Let us know how you get on with Rattle. Something in me just resists that 4th movement, it feels like tempering with history, as if an ancient Greek temple is completed with modern bricks and a plastic roof, made up to look original.

Know what you mean. I just

Know what you mean. I just think that having that movement there which he substantially completed rather than having it missed off altogether, brings us closer to the composer's vision and conception of his work. I'm still not convinced if it's quality, whoever wrote it. Need a few more listens to make my mind up.

No 8 is also a favourite of mine, especially the adagio. There are shimmering string passages which are so other-worldly that it defies belief a mortal could have written them! 

When I've the house to myself and can turn the speakers up, a Bruckner symphony is a go-to piece. 

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