In August 2004 they performed in the Lucerne Festival Hall, presenting a programme that, once again, confirmed Claudio Abbado’s fame as a supreme Mahler conductor. His long-time association with Mahler ensures a marvellous reading of the composer’s Fifth and most popular Symphony, which became world-famous as the soundtrack to Visconti’s film “Death in Venice”. An innovative special feature makes this audio-visually appealing DVD even more attractive. The film is shot using a multi-angle perspective, which enables the viewer to switch easily from the regular to the “Conductor” Camera thus experiencing Claudio Abbado from the orchestra’s perspective.
The program is a wonderful homage to the interplay between orchestra and conductor celebrating the composer and a triumphant masterwork - Gustav Mahler’s glorious 5th symphony.