Claudio Abbado conducts the Lucerne Festival Orchestra for this live performance of Bruckner's First Symphony during the 2012 Lucerne Festival.
The audience experienced Bruckners ground-breaking Symphony No. 1 in Lucernes new Concert Hall of KKL Luzern in a spectacular performance at the 2012 Lucerne Festival. This uncompromising interpretation of the First reveals the originality of the composers musical language
"Abbado uncovered the radical nature of the work with its fascinating accumulations of intensity and abrupt interruptions...Long and enthusiastic standing ovations at the end for the conductor and orchestra." - Die Welt
"It is enchanting the way Abbado succeeds in revealing the Janus-faced character of the symphony...very pointed but highly elegant, in typical Abbado fashion, the pulsating, forward moving rhythms of the first movement, and truly dramatic the build-up to the first climax these set the parameters of this interpretation. The wonderful Adagio proceeded in a tremulous yet warm cantabile, while the energetic Scherzo, with its introverted Trio, mirrored the relationship of the two earlier movements. The Finale, then, is an almost volcanic explosion..." - NZZ, Peter Hagmann
Made in Germany
Lucerne Festival Orchestra
Claudio Abbado, conductor
Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)
Symphony No. 1 in C minor (Vienna version, 1891)
edited by Gunter Brosche
1. Allegro (C minor)
2. Adagio (A flat Major)
1. Scherzo. Lebhaft (G minor) - Trio. Langsam (G Major)
2. Finale. Bewegt und feurig (C minor)
Recorded live at the Concert Hall of KKL Luzern, August 17 & 18, 2012.