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Tune in to Abbado's astounding Lucerne Mahler 9 livestream

Tune in to Abbado's astounding Lucerne Mahler 9 livestream

It's here on the Lucerne Festival's website, starting at 6.30pm UK time.  Expect the most burnished string sound since the Karajan era at the Berlin Philharmonic (several of whose star players feature here), combined with much greater flexibility and fabulous balances.

Mahler's final Adagio either works totally, or not at all: the long silences will play their part tonight. Abbado's three-weeks-a-year relationship with his handpicked festival players has been giving us the greatest Mahler I've ever heard since 2003, and since the Ninth, written under a medical death-sentence, demands more than any, you can have some vague idea of the supernatural magic in store.

UPDATE: as Minnie points out in her comment below, the TV channel Arte is screening the event on the evening of 19 September.

Below: Abbado conducting the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra in Mahler 6 in 2007:

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A ne pas manquer! For anyone able to tune in to Arte, the concert is being broadcast on 19 September.

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