Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Johannes Brahms, Gustav Mahler, Claudio Abbado|
Abbado: The Berlin Album
Genres: Special Interest, Classical
A+B=C! Abbado + Berlin= Charismatic!
Jean C Burke | Norfolk, Ma USA | 08/19/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This 2 CD set offers a strong sampling of contrasting Classical Composers' works, performed by one of the world's finest orchestral music combinations: Claudio Abbado and The Berlin Philharmonic. Thankfully I found this 2002 recording at Amazon after having been blown away by the phenomenal PBS broadcast performance of the Berlin Philharmonic under Maestro Abbado at the Europakonzert 2003 in Palermo, absolutely requiring me to hear more recent recordings by this especially exquisite chemistry of conductor and orchesta.
The program notes state that since Maestro Abbado had taken his place at the helm of the Berlin Philharmonic in 1990, close to one third of the orchestra members have been replaced. What lucky listeners are those who can appreciate the result of this evolution, given the quality of musicianship that is represented by this ensemble in the new millenium. The orchestral sections are incredibly well rehearsed, the musicality of phrasing is most noteworthy and the recording quality provided by Deutsche Grammophon is top notch. Special treats on this recording include the previously unreleased Debussy "Nocturnes: Fetes" and Belioz "Le Carnaval romain." With gratitude to some of the world's finest musicians! May many more lovers of fine music discover your recordings!"