Saturday, August 22, 2009

The wonder of His work displays the internet

Just one week ago tonight, Claudio Abbado and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra gave a performance of Mahler 1 that is already being discussed in legendary terms. Thanks to the endless miracle of youtube, we can already watch it in full and see Abbado's new batonless appearance, Natalia Gutman's reappearance at the front of the LFO cello section and Wolfram Christ's reappearance at the front of the LFO violas, somebody moving their chair in the brass section and causing an embarrassing squeak between the first and second movements. Abbado's near-breakdown the moment the music ends, his eyeroll the moment he turns around to face a wall of bravos...the Mahler ain't bad either. Both Simon Rattle, his successor at the Berlin Philharmonic and Pierce Brosnan, his successor as James Bond, are shown as being in the audience.

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