Claudio Abbado conducts the 2000 New Year’s Eve Concert

31/12/2000
New Year’s Eve Concert

Berliner Philharmoniker
Claudio Abbado

Andrea Rost, Alan Titus, Ramón Vargas

  • Giuseppe Verdi
    Un ballo in maschera: »Volta la terrea fronte« · »Signori: oggi d’Ulrica« · »Ve’ se di notte« · »Saper vorreste« (00:13:45)

    Andrea Rost Soprano, Anatoli Kotscherga Bass, Alan Titus Baritone, Ramón Vargas Tenor, Massimo Giordano Tenor, Lucio Gallo Baritone, Czech Radio Choir, Carmela Remigio Soprano, Stanislav Bogunia Chorus Master

  • Giuseppe Verdi
    Don Carlos: »Que de fleurs et que d’étoiles« (00:08:28)

    Carmela Remigio Soprano, Stella Doufexis Mezzo-Soprano, Stanislav Bogunia Chorus Master, Czech Radio Choir

  • Giuseppe Verdi
    Rigoletto: »Questa o quella« · »La donna è mobile« (00:04:29)

    Ramón Vargas Tenor

  • Giuseppe Verdi
    La Traviata: »Libiamo ne’ lieti calici« (Brindisi) · »Sempre libera« (00:08:57)

    Anatoli Kotscherga Bass, Stella Doufexis Mezzo-Soprano, Ramón Vargas Tenor, Andrea Rost Soprano, Lucio Gallo Baritone, Alan Titus Baritone, Czech Radio Choir, Massimo Giordano Tenor, Stanislav Bogunia Chorus Master

  • Giuseppe Verdi
    Falstaff: »Alice« – »Meg« – »Nannetta« (00:15:00)

    Anatoli Kotscherga Bass, Stella Doufexis Mezzo-Soprano, Massimo Giordano Tenor, Lucio Gallo Baritone, Larissa Diadkova Mezzo-Soprano, Carmela Remigio Soprano, Elizabeth Futral Soprano, Enrico Facini Tenor, Anthony Mee Tenor

  • Giuseppe Verdi
    Falstaff: »Quand’ero paggio« (00:11:16)

    Anatoli Kotscherga Bass, Stella Doufexis Mezzo-Soprano, Lucio Gallo Baritone, Alan Titus Baritone, Carmela Remigio Soprano, Massimo Giordano Tenor, Stanislav Bogunia Chorus Master, Czech Radio Choir, Enrico Facini Tenor, Larissa Diadkova Mezzo-Soprano, Anthony Mee Tenor, Elizabeth Futral Soprano

  • Giuseppe Verdi
    Falstaff: »Alto là!« – »Chi va là?« (00:17:36)

    Anatoli Kotscherga Bass, Stella Doufexis Mezzo-Soprano, Lucio Gallo Baritone, Alan Titus Baritone, Carmela Remigio Soprano, Massimo Giordano Tenor, Stanislav Bogunia Chorus Master, Czech Radio Choir, Enrico Facini Tenor, Larissa Diadkova Mezzo-Soprano, Anthony Mee Tenor, Elizabeth Futral Soprano

  • Johann Strauss
    Un ballo in maschera. Quadrille on themes from Verdi’s opera (00:05:47)

During Claudio Abbado’s time as chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker, the great symphonic repertoire naturally formed the core of his artistic work, and it was almost forgotten just what an important role the music theatre of his Italian homeland played in his life – after all, he had led La Scala in Milan from 1968 to 1986. Just how special the works of Verdi were to him could be heard in the New Year’s Eve Concert from 2000, which with famous scenes and arias, rang in the Verdi year 2001, when the music world commemorated the 100th anniversary of the composer’s death. 

When it comes to Verdi, Claudio Abbado’s preferences are very individual, promoting lesser-performed works such as Simon Boccanegra and Macbeth, while never conducting the popular favourites Rigoletto and La Traviata. As such, it was a rare pleasure to hear him conduct excerpts from the two latter works for this New Year’s Eve Concert. The remaining works of the evening are closely intertwined with Abbado’s biography. With Un Ballo in Maschera, he celebrated triumphs in the 70s and 80s, such as in a Viennese production with Luciano Pavarotti. And in the case of Don Carlos, Abbado caused a stir when he conducted the little-known French version of the opera. This concert includes the third act ball scene which is not retained in the usually performed Italian version. The main part of the evening is taken up by three extensive scenes from Falstaff – Verdi’s final opera, with its humorous and forgiving view of life and its brilliantly constructed ensemble scenes. Abbado conducted the work for the first time in 1998 at the Staatsoper in Berlin in a critically acclaimed performance which critics hailed the most important opera production the city had seen for decades.

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