Claudio Abbado (1933-2014) was one of the outstanding personalities in the history of the Berliner Philharmoniker. He made his debut with the orchestra in 1966 and was their chief conductor from 1990 to 2002. In May 2013, their unique partnership ended with Claudio Abbado's last concert with the orchestra – a “triumph”, in the words of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The programme included two of the most important works of musical Romanticism: Hector Berlioz's visionary Symphonie fantastique and Felix Mendelssohn's magical, shimmering music for A Midsummer Night's Dream. Audio and video recordings of this memorable evening are now being released in a hardcover luxury edition. The bonus material includes a historical documentary about Abbado's first year as chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker. In addition to extensive texts, the booklet contains numerous photos, some of which have never been published before.
1 Audio Blu-ray Disc inkl. HD konsert-video
24 bit download code
Hardcover linen edition
Documentary: "Abbado in Berlin - The First Year"
Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker remember Claudio Abbado
“The bonus documentary on Claudio Abbado's first year with the Berlin Philharmonic is full of insights…[the last concert] gave the [Berliners] a chance to show in Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream music a lightness and delicacy learnt from Abbado, and in the Symphonie fantastique a relish both for its vulgar moments and for the spacious, transcendental calm of the 'Scene aux champs'…a recording to treasure” BBC Music Magazine * * * * *
Mendelssohn, Felix: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Berlioz, Hector: Symphonie fantastique
Claudio Abbado Conductor
Deborah York Soprano
Stella Doufexis Mezzo-Soprano
Damen des Chors des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Recorded in May 2013, Philharmonie Berlin1