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Claudio Abbado has taken the Lucerne Festival to new heights in its history, which has been marked by towering figures like Toscanini and Furtwängler. Each new recording by Claudio Abbado is in itself a special event and this recording from the 2005 festival is no exception: Bruckner's imposing Symphony No.7 is captured live in a performance of awesome silences and immense climaxes presented by the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, a handpicked ensemble and an élite body of instrumentalists who have long been connected to Abbado. Eminent soloists, chamber musicians and orchestral players come together once a year to set new standards in the field of classical music. One of the leading pianists of modern times, Alfred Brendel, reputed throughout his long and distinguished career as one of the finest Beethoven interpreters, was the worthy partner for Claudio Abbado and his orchestra. This DVD brings an outstanding musical event to the home screen, one that critics and audience came from all over the world to see.
L.v. Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.3; Anton Bruckner: Symphony No.7