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Abbado Conducts Debussy

Rachel Harnisch soprano | Eteri Gvazava soprano
Schweizer Kammerchor; Lucerne Festival Orchestra
Claudio Abbado

Claudio Abbado, who first conducted his new Lucerne Festival Orchestra in this Debussy concert in 2003, realised a dream come with this exclusive ensemble of handpicked orchestral musicians and exceptional soloists such as Kolja Blacher, Emanuel Pahud and Sabine Meyer. EuroArts presents this great musical moment on DVD together with an informative documentary on the moving “History of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra“. The uniqueness of the occasion is palpable throughout this state-of-the-art recording – an audiovisual joy! The documentary includes rare excerpts of rehearsals and concerts with some of the most influential musicians of the 20th century such as Wilhelm Furtwängler, Herbert von Karajan, Yehudi Menuhin and Arturo Toscanini. With this DVD recording, EuroArts pays tribute to Claudio Abbado's vision and the Lucerne Festival orchestra's triumphant rebirth during the summer festival 2003.


Claude Debussy: "La Mer", Suite from "Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien"

Facts DVD

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UPC number
Region code
Picture format
NTSC 16:9
Sound format
PCM Stereo
Dolby Digital 5.1
dts 5.1
Total running time
119 mins
English, French, German
Booklet notes
English, French, German
No. of discs
Documentary "From Toscanini to Abbado - The History of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra"
Bonus subtitles
English, French, German