Claudio Abbado

Conductor

Claudio Abbado

Abbado was born in Milan in 1933. He studied piano at the Milan Conservatory with his father Michelangelo Abbado, and went on to study conducting with Hans Swarowsky at the Vienna Academy of Music. In 1958, he won the Koussevitsky Competition, establishing him in Italy. He began working at La Scala in 1960 and remained there as musical director until 1986: his extensive discography includes a series of landmark Verdi recordings with his Milanese forces.

Abbado was principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra from 1979 to 1988, and the following year he succeeded Herbert von Karajan as principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic, a post from which he stepped down in 2002. His later years were dominated by his work with his Orchestra Mozart and with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, which he reincarnated in 2003: their live recordings of the Mahler symphonies are widely regarded as some of the finest accounts on record. Abbado died on 20th January 2014 following a lengthy battle with stomach cancer.

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Romanza: Anna Netrebko

Romanza: Anna Netrebko

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Bellini:

Eccomi in lieta vesta...Oh! quante volte (from I Capuleti e I Montecchi)

Dvorak:

Mesícku na nebi hlubokém 'Song to the Moon' (from Rusalka)

Songs My Mother Taught Me, Op. 55 No. 4

Grieg:

Peer Gynt: Solveig's Song

Kalman:

Heia, in den Bergen from Die Csárdásfürstin

Krutoy:

Forse non fu

Cantami

Mi fa male

Credo

L'amour Russe

Gioia

Il nastro blu

La fantasia

Odna Lyubov

Ricomincero

Tango mio

Pioggia d'aprile

Se tu almeno fossi qui

Seguire me

Unico

L'istante prima dell'amore

Angels pass away

Musica con noi

Session Orchestra London, Ben Foster

Lehár:

Meine Lippen sie Kussen so heiss (from Giuditta)

Mozart:

La ci darem la mano (from Don Giovanni)

Offenbach:

Barcarolle (from Les Contes d'Hoffmann )

Puccini:

O mio babbino caro (from Gianni Schicchi)

Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Claudio Abbado

Si, mi chiamano Mimi (from La Bohème)

Un bel di vedremo (from Madama Butterfly)

Vissi d'arte (from Tosca)

Rachmaninov:

How fair this spot, Op. 21 No. 7

Strauss, R:

Wiegenlied, Op. 41 No. 1

Tchaikovsky:

Octgo eto prezde ne znala ni toski ya (from Iolanta)

Verdi:

Follie! Follie! Delirio vano è questo…Sempre libera (from La traviata)

Saimir Pirgu (tenor)

Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Claudio Abbado

Oh ben s'addice questo torbido cielo … Sempre all'alba ed alla sera (from Giovanna d'Arco)


Anna Netrebko (soprano), Yusif Eyvazov (tenor)

Star soprano Anna Netrebko and her husband, tenor Yusif Eyvazov, are releasing a new duet album of love songs, Romanza, on September 1, 2017. Eighteen original romantic love songs were written and composed specially for the couple by Russian producer Igor Krutoy.

Romanza is not only Anna Netrebko’s first duet album with husband Yusif, but also her first foray out of the realm of traditional core repertoire. Producer Igor Krutoy wrote all 18 album tracks with Anna and Yusif in mind. Many years of working together closely and a one of a kind friendship that stems from his collaboration with Anna and Yusif allowed Igor to write love songs that not only perfectly match their voices, but also are an homage to love in general.

On her previous album Verismo (released on September 2, 2016) Anna Netrebko led her listeners through the revolutionary opera style of the 1890s to the 1920s and performed the works of musical masters such as Francesco Cilea, Umberto Giordano, and Giacomo Puccini. The album earned Netrebko a German Echo Klassik award for “Vocalist of the Year” and a Grammy nomination for “Best Classical Solo Vocal Album.”

Anna met her husband, tenor Yusif Eyvazov, when they starred together in Manon Lescaut at the Rome Opera in March 2014. Since their wedding in December 2015, the couple has appeared in concert and on the opera stage together worldwide. She and Yusif open La Scala’s season on December 7, 2017 in Andrea Chénier; it will be her role debut as Maddalena.

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Verdi: Un ballo in maschera

Verdi: Un ballo in maschera


Plácido Domingo (Riccardo), Piero Cappuccilli (Renato), Katia Ricciarelli (Amelia), Elizabeth Bainbridge (Ulrica), Reri Grist (Oscar), William Elvin (Silvano), Gwynne Howell (Samuele), Paul Hudson (Tom), Francis Egerton (Un Giudice), John Carr (Un servo)

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Royal Opera Chorus, Claudio Abbado (conductor) & Otto Schenk (director)

Illicit love, suspicion, deception and supernatural portents of doom lead to a shocking drama at a masked ball in 1790s Sweden. The incomparable Plácido Domingo stars as the dashing King Gustavus III, whose reforms have inspired talk of assassination among the conservative nobility. Katia Ricciarelli is Gustavuss beloved Amelia, married to his closest friend, Anckarström, sung by Piero Cappuccilli. Claudio Abbado conducts the distinguished cast, supported by the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and Royal Opera Chorus, in Otto Schenks classic production of this Verdi favourite for The Royal Opera. This recording, with English subtitles, is preserved in its original Standard Definition and 4:3 picture format.

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“The Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House are intelligently conducted by the great Claudio Abbado in this classic 1975 production directed by Otto Schenk, with traditional costumes and attractive sets. This is one of the finest productions of one of Verdi's best operas, with outstanding vocal and acting performances” New Classics, May 2017

“There's Claudio Abbado's fleet and polished conducting, then Plácido Domingo's suavely sung and acted Gustavus, and Piero Cappuccilli's stentorian Anckarström...Perhaps most interesting is Katia Ricciarelli as Amelia, a role a size too big for her, showing off both her stunningly limpid and velvety soprano and at the same time just how she pushed it to tatters.” Opera Now, June 2017 ****

“What Schenk achieves...is no mean feat: a show in which the main characters meaningfully interact, have credibility and generate sympathy...[Domingo] is enjoying himself as a devil-may-care ruler with a twinkle in both eye and voice...[Cappuccilli] offers a masterclass in what we really mean by ‘Verdi baritone’.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2017

“Abbado motivates this traditional Otto Schenk staging using the Swedish setting. Domingo is a marvellously vivid Gustavo, Cappuccilli an implacable Anckarström, while Grist steals the soprano honours from Ricciarelli.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2017 ****

“Claudio Abbado conducts a performance notable for its flexibility, sense of forward movement and keen balance.” Opera, September 2017

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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6, Manfred Symphony, Romeo and Juliet & Capriccio italien

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6, Manfred Symphony, Romeo and Juliet & Capriccio italien


Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 'Pathétique'

Wiener Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado

Capriccio italien, Op. 45

Berliner Philharmoniker, Ferdinand Leitner

Manfred Symphony, Op. 58

London Symphony Orchestra, Yuri Ahronovitch


A collection of all of Tchaikovsky’s symphonies and ballet suites from the rich archives of Deutsche Grammophon.

All the performances have been justifiably critically appraised. This volume includes Tchaikovsky’s final symphony, the ‘Pathétique’ and the tone poem Romeo and Juliet – both recorded by Claudio Abbado in the early 1970s – as well as a rare recording of the Manfred Symphony by Yuri Ahronovitch and Ferdinand Leitner’s bright 1959 account of the Capriccio italien.

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Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 5, Marche slave, Sleeping Beauty & Swan Lake

Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 5, Marche slave, Sleeping Beauty & Swan Lake


Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 3 in D major, Op. 29 'Polish'

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Wiener Symphoniker, Moshe Atzmon

Marche slave, Op. 31

Berliner Philharmoniker, Ferdinand Leitner

Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66: Ballet Suite

Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra, Witold Rowicki

Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

London Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado

Swan Lake, Op. 20 Suite

Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra, Witold Rowicki


A collection of all of Tchaikovsky’s symphonies and ballet suites from the rich archives of Deutsche Grammophon.

All the performances have been justifiably critically appraised. This volume includes the CD premiere of one of Tchaikovsky’s least-known symphonies – the third. Moshe Atzmon’s airborne reading, stunningly recorded in 1973 in Vienna makes a long-overdue appearance. Rowicki’s accounts of the two popular ballet suites – Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty – are expansive and symphonic in their outlook.

“by far the most refined recording of any current version of the Polish Symphony, warmly reverberant but well-enough defined in detail” Gramophone Magazine, August 1974 (Symphony No. 3)

“[Abbado] secures clean, brilliant playing from the LSO in the first movement, finely controlled emotional climaxes in the slow movement … and a strong, urgent but unhysterical account of the finale.” Gramophone Magazine, April 1972 (Symphony No. 5)

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Europakonzert 1996 from Mariinsky Theatre

Europakonzert 1996 from Mariinsky Theatre

Live from the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, 1 May 1996, directed by Brian Large.


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

Romances Nos. 1 & 2 for violin and orchestra

Kolja Blacher (violin)

Prokofiev:

Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64 - excerpts

Rachmaninov:

Ves tabor spit (from Aleko)

Anatoly Kocherga (baritone)

Tchaikovsky:

The Nutcracker: Waltz of the Flowers


Every year, the Berliner Philharmoniker’s founding day (1st May 1882) is celebrated with a concert in a European city of cultural significance. In 1996, the EUROPAKONZERT took place in the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. It was in this legendary theatre that many of the great Russian operas received their premieres and where the Berliner Philharmonisches Orchester performed for the first time - on the occasion of Tsar Nicholas’s II coronation - exactly 100 years ago. Under the baton of Claudio Abbado, the Berliner Philharmoniker celebrated their anniversary with Russian favourites plus two of Beethoven’s Violin Romances and his Seventh Symphony.

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Running time: 110 mins (90 mins concert, 20 mins documentary)

Language: German

Subtitles: English, French, Italian, Spanish

Production years: 1996

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The Year 1917 – Music in Turbulent Times

The Year 1917 – Music in Turbulent Times


Bartók:

The Wooden Prince: Dance of the Princess with the Wooden Doll

Chicago Symphony Orchestra,, Pierre Boulez

Bridge:

Cello Sonata in D minor, H125: Allegro ma non troppo - Molto allegro e agitato

Mstislav Rostropovich (cello), Benjamin Britten (piano)

Browne, W D:

To Gratiana dancing and singing

Ian Bostridge (tenor), Julius Drake (piano)

Debussy:

Les soirs illuminés par l'ardeur du charbon

Philippe Cassard

Violin Sonata: Allegro vivo

Augustin Dumay (violin), Maria João Pires (piano)

Eisler:

Panzerschlacht

Die letzte Elegie

Die Heimkehr

Anna Prohaska (soprano), Eric Schneider (piano)

Falla:

El sombrero de tres picos: Danza del molinera (farruca)

Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Lorin Maazel

Holst:

The Planets: Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age

Boston Symphony Orchestr, William Steinberg

Ives, C:

In Flanders Fields

Anna Prohaska (soprano), Eric Schneider (piano)

Prokofiev:

Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 19: Andantino

Shlomo Mintz (violin)

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado

Ravel:

Le Tombeau de Couperin

Monique Haas (piano)

Respighi:

Fountains of Rome: La fontana di Trevi al meriggio

New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Giuseppe Sinopoli

Satie:

Parade

Orchestre National de l'Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Louis Frémaux

Shostakovich:

Symphony No. 12 in D minor, Op. 112 'The Year 1917'

Göteborgs Symfoniker, Neeme Järvi

Stravinsky:

Les Noces: La Tresse

Anny Mory, Patricia Parker, John Mitchinson, Paul Hudson, Martha Argerich, Krystian Zimerman, Cyprien Katsaris, Homero Francesc

English Bach Festival Percussion Ensemble, English Bach Festival Chorus, Leonard Bernstein

Vaughan Williams:

Symphony No. 3 'A Pastoral Symphony': Lento


1917 was a year of turbulence – both artistically and politically. It was the penultimate year of World War I, the year of the Russian Revolution, and a year that saw artistic and cultural changes take place. This compilation explores the music inspired by the turbulent times at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Each work tells part of the story of this pivotal year, for example:

Respighi’s Fountains of Rome was premiered in 1917 after Toscanini refused to conduct it the previous year after it had been programmed alongside music by Wagner;

Ravel’s Tombeau de Couperin was completed in 1917. Each movement is dedicated to a friend who had been killed in the war;

Satie’s Parade was a true collaboration across creative worlds: sets and costumes by Pablo Picasso, scenario by Jean Cocteau, music by Erik Satie, and danced by the Ballets Russes in 1917;

Shostakovich’s monumental Symphony no.12 “The Year 1917” was written in 1961 in the heart of Communist Russia. It has been suggested that Shostakovich originally wrote a satire of Lenin but due to the potential danger had to recompose the piece at the last minute.

Newly written notes (in English, German and French) by Michael Stegemann, professor of musicology at the University of Dortmund, journalist and former pupil of Oliver Messiaen, explore the stories behind the music.

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Albrecht Mayer: Vocalise

Albrecht Mayer: Vocalise


Bach, J S:

Magnificat in D major, BWV243: Esurientes implevit bonis

arr. Andreas N. Tarkmann

Sinfonia Varsovia

Debussy:

Clair de Lune (from Suite Bergamasque)

arr. Chris Hazell

Academy of St Martin in the Fields

Fauré:

Pavane, Op. 50

arr. Chris Hazell

Academy of St Martin in the Fields

Hahn, R:

A Chloris

arr. Chris Hazell

Academy of St Martin in the Fields

Handel:

Trio Sonata, HWV 393 in G minor

arr. Andreas N. Tarkmann

Jakub Haufa (violin), Monika Razynska (harpsichord)

Lascia ch'io pianga (from Rinaldo)

Sinfonia Varsovia

Sarabande from Suite in D minor, HWV437

Solomon: Will the Sun Forget to Streak?

arr. Andreas N. Tarkmann

Sinfonia Varsovia

Verdi prati (from Alcina)

arr. Andreas N. Tarkmann

Sinfonia Varsovia

Humperdinck:

Abendsegen 'Abends will ich schlafen gehn' (Hänsel und Gretel)

arr. Joachim Schmeisser

The King’s Singers

Marcello, A:

Adagio from Oboe Concerto in D minor

New Seasons Ensemble

Marcello, B:

Se morto mi brami

New Seasons Ensemble

Mozart:

Ma che vi fece, o stelle...Sperai vicino il lido, K368

Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Claudio Abbado

Ravel:

Pavane pour une infante défunte

arr. Chris Hazell

Academy of St Martin in the Fields

Schumann:

Romance in A major, Op. 94 No. 2

Markus Becker (piano)

Vivaldi:

The Four Seasons: Winter, RV297: Largo

New Seasons Ensemble

Weismann, J:

Variations for oboe and piano, Op. 39: Var. IV – Lento, molto tranquillo

Markus Becker (piano)


“Breathing is key – it carries the soul and with it, the oboe starts to sing.” – Albrecht Mayer about his quest for the perfect cantabile line

Vocalise is a compilation of favourite pieces from Albrecht Mayer’s recent releases in which the oboe more than lives up to its reputation as a wind instrument remarkable for its singing tone.

The artist personally selected this collection ranging widely from Baroque arias of great virtuosity to the charm of the French chanson.

Even as a boy soprano with the Bamberg Cathedral Choir, Albrecht Mayer was already fascinated by the human voice, and although he later decided against pursuing a career as a singer and chose instead to become an oboist, he is unquestionably a magician who as soon as he breathes life into his instrument casts his spell on his listeners’ hearts and minds with the beauty of his playing, transforming the oboe into an irresistible vox humana.

“Albrecht achieves these incredible textures and beauty of tone which no other oboist seems to come close to …” – Nigel Kennedy

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Berg: Wozzeck

Berg: Wozzeck

Live from the Wiener Staatsoper, 1987


Franz Grundheber (Wozzeck), Hildegard Behrens (Marie), Walter Raffeiner (Tambourmajor), Philip Langridge (Andres), Heinz Zednik (Hauptmann), Aage Haugland (Doktor), Anna Gonda (Margret), Peter Jelosits (Narr), Alfred Sramek (1.Handwerkbursch), Alexander Maly (2.Handwerkbursch)

Vienna Boys Choir, Vienna State Opera Chorus, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Claudio Abbado (conductor) & Adolf Dresen (stage director)

For their perfection of composition and link with important literary works, Alban Berg’s operas Wozzeck and Lulu – the latter left unfinished at the composer’s death – must rank among the most outstanding music-theatre pieces of the 20th century. This production by renowned theatre and opera director Adolf Dresen stars the German baritone Franz Grundheber as Wozzeck and the legendary soprano Hildegard Behrens as Marie. And last but not least this terrific opera features one of the greatest conductors of our time at the podium: Claudio Abbado.

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Schubert: Symphony No. 9 in C major, D944 'The Great'

Schubert: Symphony No. 9 in C major, D944 'The Great'


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Announcing a rare new album conducted by Maestro Abbado – still much missed by many in the concert hall and the studio. Schubert remained one of Abbado’s favourite composers throughout his life and since his first performance in Den Haag in 1966 he returned again and again to the “Great“ C Major Symphony.

This very special album combines live performances with Abbado’s beloved Orchestra Mozart, recorded in September 2011. Twenty-five years after his first recording with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Abbado's new interpretation of this symphony reveals a wealth of new details, making it his definitive take on the work.

“This is unmistakably a performance that balances Schubert’s last completed symphony right on the cusp of Romanticism. So much of the detail and the way Abbado shapes it here looks further into the 19th century and towards Bruckner...what his performance conveys most powerfully is the sense of a symphony bursting at its classical seams and pushing its expressive language as far as it will go.” The Guardian, 27th May 2015 ****

“not only one of the finest on disc, but one of the longest. Abbado observes all the repeats, including the ones usually omitted...Only in the finale does the music drag a bit ... a wonderfully rich and satisfying account of this supreme work.” Sunday Times, 31st May 2015

“Rhythms are kept springy, and there's a freshness and vigour to it that kept me enthralled throughout...Abbado's years of experience, coupled with playing of the highest quality, make this a captivatingly polished recording that I thoroughly recommend!” Presto Classical, 1st June 2015

“a reading of the Great C Major that is as remarkable for its robust pacing, ardent phrasing and unflagging energy (especially in the finale) as for the translucent, fastidiously balanced textures that grace almost every Abbado interpretation...A fitting memorial to a master musician.” The Times, 19th June 2015 *****

“Abbado’s approach was always to view a well-known score with a fresh eye, rather than relying on tried and tested formulas. This is exemplified here in the acute clarity of detail and inflection that Abbado elicits from the orchestra, as well as the sophistication of the phrasing and the judicious pacing...An ear‑opening performance.” The Telegraph, 14th June 2015 ****

“The Orchestra Mozart presents the symphony at its most cultivated.” Financial Times, 6th June 2015

“[Abbado] reaches extraordinary heights…every bar surges with energy, thrust, warmth of tone, miraculous detail in even the faster passages and…a huge joy in living, which must leave every sensitive listener stirred to the depths…this is without doubt one of the records of a lifetime.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2015

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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 & Rococo Variations

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 & Rococo Variations


Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado

Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33

Yo-Yo Ma (cello)

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Lorin Maazel


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