Claudio Abbado’s Inaugural Concert from 1989

It was only logical that Claudio Abbado should start his tenure with the Berliner Philharmoniker in December 1989 conducting Mahler’s First Symphony. Firstly, because Abbado was even then considered one of the great Mahler conductors, and secondly because this symphony is infused with an irresistible expression of freshness and new beginnings. Even today we can feel the special magic of this new beginning in this video document.

Berliner Philharmoniker

Claudio Abbado

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© 1989 CAMI Video

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