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Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition (Live From Philharmonie, Berlin / 1993), Berliner Philharmoniker

Claudio Abbado

November 30th, -0001

Born:
June 26, 1933 in Milan, Italy

Genre:
Classical

Years Active:
'60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s






Claudio Abbado

Biography

Famous conductor and musician, Claudio Abbado was internationally known for serving up a repertoire of music from the poetry of Holderlin, the legend of Faust or works that depict German drama. He conducted several orchestras worldwide and received numerous awards for his masterful genius. His works include Mendelsshon's Midsummer Night's Dream and Robert Schumann's Piano Concerto. . Famous conductor and musician, Claudio Abbado was internationally known for serving up a repertoire of music from the poetry of Holderlin, the legend of Faust or works that depict German drama. He conducted several orchestras worldwide and received numerous awards for his masterful genius. His works include Mendelsshon's Midsummer Night's Dream and Robert Schumann's Piano Concerto.

Born in Milan, Italy, Abbado made his orchestral debut in 1960 at La Scala in Italy. Because of his command performance, he became La Scala's music director in 1968, a post he served until 1986. In his stint as music director, Abbado conducted traditional Italian works, but also presented one contemporary opera a year. His concert series included works form such greats as Alban Berg and Modest Mussorgsky. A major accomplishment for Abbado at La Scala was the founding of Orchestra della Scala, an orchestra assembled to perform in concert.

Performing with different orchestras, he lent his talents to the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in 1965. One year later he conducted with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. After serving with La Scala for more than 25 years, he was elected as the music director of the Vienna State Opera in 1986, a position he held until 1991. He introduced new productions and founded the festival, Wien Modern. The festival brings together all aspects of contemporary art and takes place annually under the direction of Abbado. In 1987 he was named as General Music Director of the City of Vienna.

Despite his international fame, Abbado took time to mold new and forthcoming musicians. In 1978 he founded and directed the European Community Youth Orchestra, and the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra in 1986. His efforts included a concert at the Berlin Festival in 1992. Together with cellist Natalia Gutman, he brought together young and experienced musicians to perform classical and chamber works.

Abbado received numerous awards for his performances and recordings. He was awarded the Standard Opera Award, the Legion d'Honneur, the Gran Croce and the Bundesverdienstkreuz, the highest honor of the Federal Republic of Germany. For his musical direction, the Vienna Philharmonic honored him with the Ring of Honor in 1973 and the Golden Nicolai Medal in 1980. He held honorary degrees from the universities of Cambridge, Aberdeen, and Ferrara.

Recording under the Sony Classical label, he produced several discs with the Berlin Philharmonic. These include Mozart's Symphonies Nos. 28, 29 and 35, Dvorak's Eighth Symphony, Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony, the 1992 New Year's Eve Concert and a second recording titled Posthorn Serenade, a 1991 Music for Europa concert in Prague. His later projects included Mendelsshon's Midsummer Night's Dream and Italian Symphony, Mussorgsky's St. John's Night on the Bare Mountain and Robert Schumann's Piano Concerto, a work recorded with soloist Murray Perahia.

An orchestral genius, Claudio Abbado performed with several orchestras worldwide, and produced numerous masterful recordings, all the while encouraging young talented musicians by performing with them.

Top Albums

Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition (Live From Philharmonie, Berlin / 1993), Berliner Philharmoniker
1. Mussorgsky: ..
Brahms 4 Symphonien, Berliner Philharmoniker
2. Brahms 4 Sym..
Debussy: Nocturnes / Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2; Pavane / Scriabin: Le Poème de l'exstase, Boston Symphony Orchestra
3. Debussy: Noc..
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 25 in C Major K. 503 & Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor K. 466 (Live), Martha Argerich
4. Mozart: Pian..
Verdi Requiem, Claudio Abbado
5. Verdi Requie..
Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 4, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
6. Mahler: Symp..
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3; Ravel: Piano Concerto in G Major, Gaspard de la nuit, Berliner Philharmoniker
7. Prokofiev: P..
Anna Netrebko: Sempre Libera (Bonus Track), Anna Netrebko
8. Anna Netrebk..
Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 20 & 21, Claudio Abbado
9. Mozart: Pian..
Wagner: Orchestral Pieces from Parsifal - Tristan & Isolde - Tannhäuser, Berliner Philharmoniker
10. Wagner: Orch..
Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky; Scythian Suite; Lieutenant Kijé, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
11. Prokofiev: A..
Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf, Classical Symphony Op. 25, March Op.99 & Overture Op. 34, Chamber Orchestra of Europe
12. Prokofiev: P..
Mahler: Symphony No. 6, Berliner Philharmoniker
13. Mahler: Symp..
Mozart: The Violin Concertos, Sinfonia Concertante, Giuliano Carmignola
14. Mozart: The ..
Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf, Sting
15. Prokofiev: P..
Ravel: Complete Orchestral Works, Claudio Abbado
16. Ravel: Compl..
Tchaikovsky: "1812" Overture, Berliner Philharmoniker
17. Tchaikovsky:..
Mahler: Symphony No. 9, Berliner Philharmoniker
18. Mahler: Symp..
Rossini: Overtures, Chamber Orchestra of Europe
19. Rossini: Ove..
Mahler: Symphony No. 5, Berliner Philharmoniker
20. Mahler: Symp..

Top Songs

NameAlbumTimePrice
1.
Tristan und Isolde: LiebestodWagner: Orchestral Pieces f..6:43$1.29
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Pavane pour une infante défunteDebussy: Nocturnes / Ravel:..6:43$1.29
3.
Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68: 4..Brahms 4 Symphonien16:29Album Only
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Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68: 3..Brahms 4 Symphonien5:05$1.29
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Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68: 2..Brahms 4 Symphonien9:39$1.29
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Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68: 1..Brahms 4 Symphonien14:13Album Only
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Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K...Mozart: Piano Concerto No. ..7:50$1.29
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Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K...Mozart: Piano Concerto No. ..9:01$1.29
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Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K...Mozart: Piano Concerto No. ..14:05Album Only
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Piano Concerto No. 25 in C Major, K...Mozart: Piano Concerto No. ..9:23$1.29
11.
Piano Concerto No. 25 in C Major, K...Mozart: Piano Concerto No. ..7:01$1.29
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Piano Concerto No. 25 in C Major, K...Mozart: Piano Concerto No. ..14:18Album Only
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Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 73: 4. Alle..Centenary Edition 1913 - 20..9:37$1.29
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Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 73: 3. Alle..Centenary Edition 1913 - 20..5:36$1.29
15.
Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 73: 2. Adag..Centenary Edition 1913 - 20..10:20Album Only
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Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 73: 1. Alle..Centenary Edition 1913 - 20..21:46Album Only
17.
Sieben frühe Lieder: 3. Die Nachtig..Centenary Edition 1913 - 20..2:15$1.29
18.
Sieben frühe Lieder: 2. Schilflied ..Centenary Edition 1913 - 20..2:11$1.29
19.
Sieben frühe Lieder: 1. Nacht (Live..Centenary Edition 1913 - 20..3:56$1.29
20.
Symphony No. 4 in G: 4. Sehr behagli..Centenary Edition 1913 - 20..9:21$1.29
21.
Requiem in D Minor, K. 626: 3. Seque..Centenary Edition 1913 - 20..2:53$1.29
22.
Symphony No. 7 in A, Op. 92: 2. Alle..Centenary Edition 1913 - 20..7:55$1.29
23.
Piano Concerto No. 23 in A, K. 488: ..Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos..7:48$1.29
24.
Flute Concerto No. 2 in D, K.314: II..Flute Concerto - Mozart5:20$1.29
25.
Flute Concerto No. 2 in D, K.314: II..Flute Concerto - Mozart5:54$1.29

Top Music Videos

Prokofiev: Concerto for Piano No. 3 in C Major, Op. 26: III. Allegro, ma non troppo, Yuja Wang, Claudio Abbado & Lucerne Festival Orchestra
1. Prokofiev: Co...
Mahler: Symphony No. 5: IV. Adagietto, Lucerne Festival Orchestra & Claudio Abbado
2. Mahler: Symph...
J. S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F Major, BWV 1047, Claudio Abbado & Orchestra Mozart
3. J. S. Bach: B...
J. S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV 1048, Claudio Abbado & Orchestra Mozart
4. J. S. Bach: B...


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