Claudio Abbado conducts “Songs of Love and Desire” at the 1998 New Year’s Eve Concert

Songs of Love and Desire was how the Berliner Philharmoniker subtitled their 1998 New Year’s Eve Concert. The various ways these powerful human emotions manifest themselves was to be heard in famous arias and scenes by Mozart, Verdi and Tchaikovsky. The evening’s soloists were Christine Schäfer, Simon Keenlyside and Marcelo Àlvarez plus special guest Mirella Freni.

Berliner Philharmoniker

Claudio Abbado

Christine Schäfer

Simon Keenlyside

Marcelo Álvarez

Mirella Freni

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© 1998 EuroArts Music International



Claudio Abbado Chief conductor 1990–2002
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composer
Christine Schäfer soprano
Georges Bizet composer
Gioacchino Rossini composer
Giuseppe Verdi composer
Hector Berlioz composer
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky composer
Mirella Freni soprano

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