Claudio Abbado conducts Brahms and Ravel at the 1996 New Year’s Eve Concert

The Berliner Philharmoniker and Claudio Abbado bid farewell to 1996 in the Philharmonie with a programme full of verve and flavour. The theme of this “fun occasion” (Gramophone) was the world of gypsies and of dance as portrayed for example in Brahms’s Hungarian Dances. Star guest of the evening was violinist Maxim Vengerov, who gave a both emotional and outrageously virtuoso performance of Ravel’s Tzigane.

Berliner Philharmoniker

Claudio Abbado

Swedish Radio Choir

Maxim Vengerov

Programme guide

© 1996 EuroArts Music International

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