CLAUDIO ABBADO DVD COLLECTION
Performances with the Brtlin Philharmonic, Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Chamber Orhestra of Europe, The Mozart Orchestra, Gustav Mahler Chamber Occhestra, Coro Papageno.
EUROARTS 2057478 (25 disks)
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This site has praised numerous recordings by Claudio Abbado, both CD and DVD. Now we have this budget issue of many of his videos This large set includes documentaries by Gelmut Failoni and Francesco Merlini (The orchestra), Paul Smaczny (Gearubg the Sukebce / The Silence that Flows the Silence ) and Shalom - Coro Papageno a film by Proposta Video (first release). Several different orchestras are featured:, many soloists as well, and there are many rehearsal sequences. Here is a list of contents:

DVDs 1 - 4 - documentaries
DVD 5 - "Lux Aeterna" featuring rehearsals of Verdi's Requiem
DVD 6 - Prometheus (REVIEW)
DVD 7 - 1994 Berlin Philharmonic Concert in Japan (Mussorgsky/Tchaikovsky/ Stravinsky)
DVD 8 - Waldbühne Concert 1996- Italian Night
DVD 9 - Brahms German Requiem, Berlin Philharmonic
DVD 10 - 1997 Berlin New Year's Concert - A Tribute to Carmen
DVD 11 - Europakonzert 1998- Berlin Philharmonic / Stockholm / Wagner, Tchaikovsky, Verdi)
DVD 12 - 1999 New Years Berlin /Concert - Grand Finales
DVD 13 - Mozart Requiem from the Salzburg Cathedral 1999
DVD 14 - Europakonzert 2000 from Berlin - all Beethoven
DVD 15 - New Years Eve concert Berlin 2000 - Verdi Collaboration
DVD 16 - Beethoven Concert - Berlin Philharmonic - Santa Cecilia concert BPO
DVD 17 - Beethoven concert - Berlin Philharmonic - Santa Cecilia
DVD 18 - Europakonzert 2002 from Palermo - Brahms / Dvorak
DVD 19 - Mahler Symphony No2. 2 Lucerne Festival Orchestra 2003
DVD 20 - :Lucerne Festival Orchestra 2003 - Debussy concert.
DVD 21 - Mahler Symphony No, 9 Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra
DVD 22 - Vienna 2006 Mahler Youth Orchestra - Schoenberg / Mahler Symphony No. 4
DVD 23 - Orchestra Mozart Concert 2007 - Bach Brandenburg Concertos
DVD 24 - Lucerne Festival Orchestra 2009 - Prokofiev Concerto 3 (Yuja Wang) - Maher Symphony No. 1
DVD 25 - Lucerne Festival Orchestra 2009 - Mahler: Rückert Lieder / Symphony No. 4.

Packaging is not impressive. There are no program notes about the music. A 48-page booklet gives detailed track information about each disk (not found on the disk jacket. However, this is an important issue if you don't have these performances - and remember there are many other magnificent Abbado videos available. This new set is a great addition to any library, if only for the perceptive documentaries.

R.E.B. (April 2019)