Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 6 (Lucerne Festival Orcherstra, Claudio Abbado)

Recorded live at the Lucerne Festival, Summer 2006
Culture and Convention Centre Lucerne, 10. August 2006
Lucerne Festival Orchestra
Claudio Abbado – conductor
0:45 I. Allegro energico, ma non troppo. Heftig, aber markig (22:52)
24:40 II. Andante moderato (14:58)
39:37 III. Scherzo. Wuchtig – (Trio) Altväterisch. Grazioso (13:03)
52:44 IV. Finale. Allegro moderato – Allegro energico (33:16)
The Lucerne Festival each year opens with a concert given by the resident Lucerne Festival Orchestra. This is an élite ensemble founded by Claudia Abbado that is based on the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, to which are added internationally renowned soloists and chamber musicians. Marking the centenary of the symphony’s première in 1906, Abbado leads a heart-felt rendition of Mahler’s tragic and prophetic Symphony No. 6; the performance was made all the more powerful because of Abbado’s long association with Mahler’s music.