[ Deutsche Grammophon / CD ]
Release Date: Monday 14 July 2014
In January 2014, music lovers worldwide were saddened to learn that Claudio Abbado had passed away.
Deutsche Grammophon feels immensely blessed and proud to be releasing together with Accentus Music Bruckner's Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, which was recorded as part of Abbado's final concert
The concert received very positive reviews from the press:
"Mr. Abbado led an otherworldly account of Bruckner's 9th Symphony. Never have I heard as magisterial and moving performance of the work as that given by the 80-year-old maestro and his fabulous Lucerne Festival Orchestra." (Wall Street Journal)
The most recent Abbado / Mozart release featuring Martha Argerich has not only received critical acclaim worldwide, but did really well commercially: the album entered the pop charts in Italy at 16 and is still in the German classical charts at number 4.
With 40,000 units sold today, it is one of DG' s bestselling core classical albums of 2014 & is still going strong.
This new and unique Bruckner album has a real potential amongst the core classical audiences worldwide.
To support the release, DG has filmed an interview with Sid McLauchlan who has been Claudio Abbado's DG producer for many years.
The concert was recorded by Accentus Music during the 75th Lucerne Festival in 2013 with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra.
This release is a fitting tribute to an irreplaceable artist, who was one of the greatest conductors and most inspiring musical figures of our time.
With this record, Deutsche Grammophon and Accentus Music wish to pay tribute to the maestro and honour what would have been his 81st birthday at the end of June
This was a very special concert which captivated the audience:
"The audience celebrates the 80 year-old with standing ovations…" (Der Tagesspiegel)
'It's hard to forget that the concert recorded here turned out to be Claudio Abbado's last. Yet this is not simply a poignant memorial to the late conductor, but one of the finest Bruckner Nines on disc: the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and Abbado bring natural feeling, textural clarity and spiritual intensity to this unfinished masterpiece.' BBC Music Magazine Awards 2015 WINNER - Orchestral
"Abbado in Lucerne radiates clarity, wisdom and vision, qualities that over the years one had come to expect of him." Gramophone Magazine Award WINNER 2015
"The spiritual intensity of [the slow] movement is quite special. Who needs Bruckner's uncompleted finale after this?...Abbado's forces never seem heavy. Slenderer passages have the intimacy of chamber music, the lines of melody delicately coloured and intertwined, deliciously played. Clearly recorded, too." (The Times)
"There was a transparency to [Abbado's Lucerne Bruckner recordings], which is beautifully captured again on this disc...in this final musical testament, time seems infinitely elastic, and everything has all the space it needs." (The Guardian)
"Abbado establishes tension right at the outset of the first movement, the horns calling across wide vistas...There is only one word to describe properly the performance of the great Adagio: magnificent. This is emphatically not an elegiac performance; rather, it's noble in character. Abbado shapes Bruckner's long paragraphs with complete understanding and always there's a wonderful sense of line. The playing is simply peerless." (MusicWeb)