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  • Claudio Abbado’s final concert with the Berliner Philharmoniker

    Claudio Abbado’s final concert with the Berliner Philharmoniker

    In his final concert with the Berliner Philharmoniker in May 2013, Claudio Abbado once again presented a fascinating programme which included two portrayals of dreams that could hardly be more different: Felix Mendelssohn’s perfectly balanced music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Hector Berlioz’s wildly unbridled Symphonie fantastique, a contrast which reveals not least the diversity and richness of musical Romanticism.

    19 May 2013

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Claudio Abbado

    • Felix Mendelssohn
      A Midsummer Night’s Dream, incidental music, op. 61: Excerpts

      Deborah York Soprano, Stella Doufexis Mezzo-Soprano, Damen des Chors des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Konstantia Gourzi Chorus Master

    • Hector Berlioz
      Symphonie fantastique, op. 14

    • free

      Interview
      Konstantia Gourzi on working with Claudio Abbado

    • free

      Interview
      Berlioz' "Symphonie fantastique": A little organology with Philipp Bohnen

    Claudio Abbado’s final concert with the Berliner Philharmoniker Go to concert
  • Claudio Abbado conducts works by Schumann and Berg

    Claudio Abbado conducts works by Schumann and Berg

    In this concert from 2012, Claudio Abbado conducts music full of sensitivity, including Robert Schumann’s Second Symphony, a highly sensitive piece, full of fragile nervousness. He is joined by two top-class soloists in works by Alban Berg: mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter in the Altenberg-Lieder, and in the Violin Concerto, Isabelle Faust, who impressed the audience with her “soaring, almost halucinatory tone” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung).

    11 May 2012

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Claudio Abbado

    Anne Sofie von Otter, Isabelle Faust

    • Robert Schumann
      Genoveva, op. 81: Overture

    • Alban Berg
      Altenberg Lieder

      Anne Sofie von Otter Mezzo-Soprano

    • Alban Berg
      Concerto for Violin and Orchestra “To the Memory of an Angel”

      Isabelle Faust Violin

    • Robert Schumann
      Symphony No. 2 in C Major, op. 61

    • free

      Interview
      Isabelle Faust on Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto

    Claudio Abbado conducts works by Schumann and Berg Go to concert
  • Concert with Claudio Abbado to mark the 100th anniversary of Gustav Mahler’s death

    Concert with Claudio Abbado to mark the 100th anniversary of Gustav Mahler’s death

    With this concert from 18 May 2011, the Berliner Philharmoniker commemorated the 100th anniversary of Gustav Mahler’s death. Claudio Abbado, with whom the orchestra gave many moving Mahler performances, conducted two works to mark the event which seem like elegiac meditations on the finiteness of all life: Das Lied von der Erde with Anne Sofie von Otter and Jonas Kaufmann as the soloists – and the Adagio from the Tenth Symphony.

    18 May 2011

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Claudio Abbado

    Anne Sofie von Otter, Jonas Kaufmann

    • Gustav Mahler
      Symphony No. 10 (performing version by Deryck Cooke): Adagio

    • Gustav Mahler
      Das Lied von der Erde

      Anne Sofie von Otter Mezzo-Soprano, Jonas Kaufmann Tenor

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  • Claudio Abbado, Maurizio Pollini and Anna Prohaska

    Claudio Abbado, Maurizio Pollini and Anna Prohaska

    Claudio Abbado and Maurizio Pollini: one of the great artistic friendships of classical music. In this concert from 2011, they perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17. A further Mozart soloist is the soprano Anna Prohaska, who is also heard in Alban Berg’s Symphonic Pieces from Lulu. The concert closes with the Adagio from Mahler’s Tenth Symphony: a manifestation of the hopelessness and a farewell to life.

    15 May 2011

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Claudio Abbado

    Anna Prohaska, Maurizio Pollini

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      “Vorrei spiegarvi, oh Dio” – “Ah conte, partite”, aria for soprano and orchestra, K. 418

      Anna Prohaska Soprano

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Die Zauberflöte: “Ach, ich fühl’s, es ist verschwunden”

      Anna Prohaska Soprano

    • Alban Berg
      Lulu Suite

      Anna Prohaska Soprano

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 17 in G major, K. 453

      Maurizio Pollini Piano

    • Gustav Mahler
      Symphony No. 10 (performing version by Deryck Cooke): Adagio

    • free

      Interview
      Claudio Abbado, Maurizio Pollini and Anna Prohaska on old and new musical friendships

    Claudio Abbado, Maurizio Pollini and Anna Prohaska Go to concert
  • Claudio Abbado conducts Schubert, Brahms and Schoenberg

    Claudio Abbado conducts Schubert, Brahms and Schoenberg

    In this concert from 2010, Claudio Abbado introduces the audience to some exquisite rarities. These include lieder by Franz Schubert in rarely heard orchestral arrangements, and Johannes Brahms’s cantata Rinaldo which gives us an idea of what an opera by this composer might have sounded like. The vocal soloists are young stars of the classical music scene: Christianne Stotijn and Jonas Kaufmann.

    16 May 2010

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Claudio Abbado

    Christianne Stotijn, Jonas Kaufmann

    • Franz Schubert
      Gretchen am Spinnrade, D 118 · Nacht und Träume, D 827 · Erlkönig, D 328

      Christianne Stotijn Mezzo-Soprano

    • Arnold Schoenberg
      Gurre-Lieder: Part 1 No. 11 Orchestral Prelude · No. 12 Lied der Waldtaube (Song of the Wood Dove)

      Christianne Stotijn Mezzo-Soprano

    • Johannes Brahms
      Rinaldo, cantata, op. 50

      Jonas Kaufmann Tenor, Herren des Rundfunkchors Berlin, Simon Halsey Chorus Master, Herren des Chors des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Michael Alber Chorus Master

    • free

      Interview
      Works by Schubert, Schoenberg and Brahms: An introduction by Simon Halsey

    Claudio Abbado conducts Schubert, Brahms and Schoenberg Go to concert
  • Claudio Abbado conducts Schubert, Debussy and Mahler

    Claudio Abbado conducts Schubert, Debussy and Mahler

    In this concert from 2009, Claudio Abbado conducted works by composers with whom he was closely associated, including Schubert’s Rosamunde music, which captivates with its songlike simplicity and dreamy atmosphere. Much more expansive but equally delicate is Debussy’s La Mer, while Gustav Mahler strikes a folksy, down-to-earth note in his Wunderhorn songs. The vocal soloist is Angelika Kirchschlager.

    24 May 2009

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Claudio Abbado

    Angelika Kirchschlager, Rundfunkchor Berlin

    • Franz Schubert
      Rosamunde, incidental music, D 797

      Angelika Kirchschlager Mezzo-Soprano, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Simon Halsey Chorus Master

    • Gustav Mahler
      Des Knaben Wunderhorn: Lob des hohen Verstandes · Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen · Rheinlegendchen

      Angelika Kirchschlager Mezzo-Soprano

    • Claude Debussy
      La Mer, trois esquisses symphoniques for orchestra

    • free

      Interview
      Simon Halsey on Schubert, Mahler, Debussy and Claudio Abbado

    Claudio Abbado conducts Schubert, Debussy and Mahler Go to concert
  • 2002 European Concert from Palermo with Claudio Abbado and Gil Shaham

    2002 European Concert from Palermo with Claudio Abbado and Gil Shaham

    Rapturous applause tinged with a little sadness characterise this European Concert from the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, which was the first stop on Claudio Abbado’s final tour at the head of the Berliner Philharmoniker in 2002. The concert features committed performances of great works of the Romantic period: the profound emotion of Brahms’s Violin Concerto with Gil Shaham as the soloist, and Dvořák’s Symphony From the New World with its ingenious combination of American and Bohemian elements.

    01 May 2002
    European Concert from Palermo

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Claudio Abbado

    Gil Shaham

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Egmont, op. 84: Overture

    • Johannes Brahms
      Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major, op. 77

      Gil Shaham Violin

    • Antonín Dvořák
      Symphony No. 9 in E minor, op. 95 “From the New World”

    • Giuseppe Verdi
      Les Vêpres siciliennes: Overture

    2002 European Concert from Palermo with Claudio Abbado and Gil Shaham Go to concert
  • Claudio Abbado conducts Beethoven and Mendelssohn

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    In this concert, Claudio Abbado conducts works that impress with their powerful choral singing, while fascinating due to their unusual form: Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with Maurizio Pollini as the pianist, followed by Mendelssohn’s Second Symphony, known as the Lobgesang (Hymn of Praise). This recording from 2002 is also unusual in that although both pieces are widely known, they are not often performed in concert.

    09 Feb 2002

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Claudio Abbado

    Maurizio Pollini, Swedish Radio Choir, Eric Ericson Chamber Choir

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Fantasy in C minor for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra in C minor, op. 80 “Choral Fantasy”

      Maurizio Pollini Piano, Karita Mattila Soprano, Lioba Braun Soprano, Annika Hudak Contralto, Peter Seiffert Tenor, Mats Carlsson Tenor, Lage Wedin Bass, Swedish Radio Choir, Eric Ericson Chamber Choir, Bo Wannefors Chorus Master

    • Felix Mendelssohn
      Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, op. 52 “Hymn of Praise”

      Karita Mattila Soprano, Lioba Braun Soprano, Peter Seiffert Tenor, Eric Ericson Chamber Choir, Swedish Radio Choir, Bo Wannefors Chorus Master

    Claudio Abbado conducts Beethoven and Mendelssohn Go to concert
  • Claudio Abbado’s Beethoven cycle from Rome

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    Only at the end of his tenure as chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker did Claudio Abbado decide to give a performance of the complete symphonies of Ludwig van Beethoven. The venue was the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. In these performances, the monumentality of earlier times was replaced by a leaner, driving energy. The Financial Times spoke of a “revolution”.

    08 Feb 2001
    From the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rom

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Claudio Abbado

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Symphony No. 1 in C major, op. 21

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Symphony No. 2 in D major, op. 36

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, op. 55 “Eroica”

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, op. 60

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Symphony No. 5 in C minor, op. 67

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Symphony No. 6 in F major, op.68 “Pastoral”

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Symphony No. 7 in A major, op. 92

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Symphony No. 8 in F major, op. 93

    • Interview
      Beethoven’s symphonies: an introduction by Claudio Abbado

    Claudio Abbado’s Beethoven cycle from Rome Go to concert
  • Claudio Abbado conducts a Verdi gala for the 2000 New Year’s Eve Concert

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    The music of Verdi is very close to Claudio Abaddo’s heart – after all, he led La Scala in Milan from 1968 to 1986, the worldwide centre of Verdi interpretation. In this New Year’s Eve Concert from 2000, audiences were able to discover this side of the conductor, with excerpts from Rigoletto, La Traviata and Falstaff. Abbado was joined by leading Verdi singers, including Andrea Rost, Ramón Vargas and Alan Titus.

    31 Dec 2000
    New Year’s Eve Concert

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Claudio Abbado

    Andrea Rost, Ramón Vargas, Alan Titus

    • Giuseppe Verdi
      Un ballo in maschera: “Volta la terrea fronte” · “Signori: oggi d’Ulrica” · “Ve’ se di notte” · “Saper vorreste”

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

    • Giuseppe Verdi
      Don Carlos: “Que de fleurs et que d’étoiles”

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

    • Giuseppe Verdi
      Rigoletto: “Questa o quella” · “La donna è mobile”

      Ramón Vargas Tenor

    • Giuseppe Verdi
      La Traviata: “Libiamo ne’ lieti calici” (Brindisi) · “Sempre libera”

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

    • Giuseppe Verdi
      Falstaff: “Alice” – “Meg” – “Nannetta”

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

    • Giuseppe Verdi
      Falstaff: “Quand’ero paggio”

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

    • Giuseppe Verdi
      Falstaff: “Alto là!” – “Chi va là?”

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

    • Johann Strauss
      Un ballo in maschera, Quadrille on themes from Verdi’s opera

    Claudio Abbado conducts a Verdi gala for the 2000 New Year’s Eve Concert Go to concert
  • Claudio Abbado conducts Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at the 2000 European Concert from Berlin

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    Many performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony are intended to give musical expression to a festive event. One such occasion was the 2000 European Concert from Berlin, conducted by Claudio Abbado – the tenth event of its kind. A stark contrast to Beethoven’s final symphony is provided by his Piano Concert in B-flat major – Beethoven’s first major orchestral work – with Mikhail Pletnev as the soloist.

    01 May 2000
    European Concert from Berlin

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Claudio Abbado

    Mikhail Pletnev

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 in B flat major, op. 19

      Mikhail Pletnev Piano

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Symphony No. 9 in D minor, op. 125 “Choral”

      Swedish Radio Choir, Karita Mattila Soprano, Eric Ericson Chamber Choir, Tõnu Kaljuste Chorus Master, Thomas Moser Tenor, Violeta Urmana Contralto, Eike Wilm Schulte Baritone

    Claudio Abbado conducts Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at the 2000 European Concert from Berlin Go to concert
  • Claudio Abbado conducts famous final movements at the 1999 New Year’s Eve Concert

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    Even serious music lovers know it: the anticipation of the finale of a symphonic work which brings an audience to its feet. On New Year’s Eve 1999, the Berliner Philharmoniker audience was granted the rare opportunity of enjoying an entire evening of just those spectacular closing movements – from Beethoven, Dvořák, Mahler and many more. Plus, a selection of cheerful encores from the repertoire of Berlin operetta from the 1920s.

    31 Dec 1999
    New Year’s Eve Concert

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Claudio Abbado

    Klaus-Maria Brandauer, Klaus Wallendorf

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Symphony No. 7 in A major, op. 92: 4. Allegro con brio

    • Antonín Dvořák
      Symphony No. 8 in G major, op. 88: 4. Allegro ma non troppo

    • Gustav Mahler
      Symphony No. 5: 5. Rondo. Finale

    • Igor Stravinsky
      L’Oiseau de feu (The Firebird), suite (1919): Infernal Dance of King Kaschei · Berceuse · Finale

    • Maurice Ravel
      Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No. 2: Danse générale

      Rundfunkchor Berlin, RIAS Kammerchor

    • Sergei Prokofiev
      Alexander Newski: Alexander’s entry into Pskov

      Rundfunkchor Berlin, RIAS Kammerchor

    • Arnold Schoenberg
      Gurre-Lieder: Part 3 no. 9 “Seht die Sonne”

      Rundfunkchor Berlin, RIAS Kammerchor, Klaus-Maria Brandauer Speaker

    • Paul Lincke
      Grigri: Overture · Folies Bergères: March · Brandbrief-Galopp

      Klaus Wallendorf Presentation

    • Siegfried Translateur
      Wiener Praterleben (“Sportpalastwalzer”)

    • Ernst Fischer
      In vino veritas: Perlender Champagner

    • Otto Nicolai
      Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor (The Merry Wives of Windsor): Overture

    • Walter Kollo
      Drunter und Drüber: “Solang noch Untern Linden”

      Rundfunkchor Berlin, RIAS Kammerchor

    • Paul Lincke
      Berliner Luft

      Rundfunkchor Berlin, RIAS Kammerchor

    Claudio Abbado conducts famous final movements at the 1999 New Year’s Eve Concert Go to concert
  • Claudio Abbado conducts Mozart’s Requiem at Memorial Concert for Herbert von Karajan

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    In a newspaper interview, Claudio Abbado once said Herbert von Karajan had been “like a father” to him. So for Abbado it was not only a duty but also a matter of personal significance to conduct this memorial concert with the Berliner Philharmoniker at Salzburg Cathedral. The programme featured Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Requiem.

    16 Jul 1999
    Herbert von Karajan Memorial Concert from Salzburg Cathedral

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Claudio Abbado

    Karita Mattila, Sara Mingardo, Michael Schade, Bryn Terfel

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Grabmusik, K. 42: “Betracht dies Herz und frage mich” · Vesperae solennes de confessore, K. 339: “Laudate Dominum omnes gentes”

      Rachel Harnisch Soprano, Swedish Radio Choir, Maria Wieslander Chorus Master

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Requiem in D minor, K. 626 (with reconstructions by Franz Beyer (1971/79) and Robert D. Levin (1993))

      Karita Mattila Soprano, Sara Mingardo Mezzo-Soprano, Michael Schade Tenor, Bryn Terfel Baritone, Swedish Radio Choir, Maria Wieslander Chorus Master

    Claudio Abbado conducts Mozart’s Requiem at Memorial Concert for Herbert von Karajan Go to concert
  • Claudio Abbado conducts “Songs of Love and Desire” at the 1998 New Year’s Eve Concert

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    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.

    31 Dec 1998
    New Year’s Eve Concert

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Claudio Abbado

    Christine Schäfer, Simon Keenlyside, Marcelo Álvarez, Mirella Freni

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492: Overture · “Giunse alfin il momento” – “Deh vieni non tardar”

      Christine Schäfer Soprano

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Don Giovanni: “Deh! Vieni alla finestra”

      Simon Keenlyside Baritone

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Die Zauberflöte: “Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen”

      Simon Keenlyside Baritone, Christine Schäfer Soprano

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Don Giovanni: “Fin ch’han dal vino” · “Là ci darem la mano”

      Simon Keenlyside Baritone, Christine Schäfer Soprano

    • Georges Bizet
      L’Arlésienne, Suites No. 1 and No. 2: Carillon · Farandole

    • Gioacchino Rossini
      La gazza ladra: Overture

    • Giuseppe Verdi
      Rigoletto: “E il sol dell’anima” · “Addio... speranza ed anima” · “Caro nome” · “La donna è mobile”

      Marcelo Álvarez Tenor, Christine Schäfer Soprano

    • Giuseppe Verdi
      Un ballo in maschera: “Eri tu che macchiavi quell’anima”

      Simon Keenlyside Baritone

    • Hector Berlioz
      Le Carnaval romain, Ouverture caractéristique, op. 9

    • Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
      Eugene Onegin: Polonaise · “Puskai pogilabnu ya, no pryezhde” (Letter scene)

      Mirella Freni Soprano

    • Giuseppe Verdi
      La Traviata: “Libiamo ne’ lieti calici” (Brindisi)

      Mirella Freni Soprano, Christine Schäfer Soprano, Simon Keenlyside Baritone, Marcelo Álvarez Tenor

    Claudio Abbado conducts “Songs of Love and Desire” at the 1998 New Year’s Eve Concert Go to concert
  • Claudio Abbado conducts works with a maritime theme at the 1998 European concert from Stockholm

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    For the European Concert of 1998, the Berliner Philharmoniker and Claudio Abbado were joined by a silent, but no less impressive soloist: The 1627-built three-masted ship Vasa, which sank on its maiden voyage. In the Vasa Museum in Stockholm, specially built for this ship, the musicians performed maritime-themed works by Wagner, Tchaikovsky and Debussy that portray water, wind and sky.

    01 May 1998
    European Concert from Stockholm

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Claudio Abbado

    Eric Ericson Chamber Choir, Swedish Radio Choir

    • Richard Wagner
      Der fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman): Overture

    • Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
      The Tempest, Symphonic Fantasy after Shakespeare

    • Claude Debussy
      Nocturnes

      Eric Ericson Chamber Choir, Swedish Radio Choir, Maria Wieslander Chorus Master

    • Giuseppe Verdi
      Quattro pezzi sacri

      Eric Ericson Chamber Choir, Swedish Radio Choir, Maria Wieslander Chorus Master

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  • Claudio Abbado conducts music from “Carmen” at the 1997 New Year’s Eve Concert

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    Carmen is not only a character in an opera, she is also a myth: the epitome of beauty, seduction and the freedom from all social fetters. In their New Year’s Eve Gala from 1997, the Berliner Philharmoniker and Claudio Abbado take on this myth. They are supported by outstanding vocal and instrumental soloist including Anne Sofie von Otter, Roberto Alagna, Bryn Terfel, Mikhail Plentnev and Gil Shaham.

    31 Dec 1997
    New Year’s Eve Concert

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Claudio Abbado

    Anne Sofie von Otter, Roberto Alagna, Bryn Terfel, Mikhail Pletnev, Gil Shaham

    • Georges Bizet
      Carmen: Prélude · Havanaise · Couplets · Chanson · Air de la fleur · Chœur et scène

      Anne Sofie von Otter Mezzo-Soprano, Véronique Gens Soprano, Stella Doufexis Mezzo-Soprano, Roberto Alagna Tenor, Bryn Terfel Baritone, Südtiroler Kinderchor, Gretel Brugger Chorus Master, Orfeón Donostiarra, José Antonio Sainz Alfaro Chorus Master

    • Sergei Rachmaninov
      Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini for piano and orchestra, op. 43

      Mikhail Pletnev Piano

    • Pablo de Sarasate
      Carmen Fantasy, op. 25

      Gil Shaham Violin

    • Maurice Ravel
      Rapsodie espagnole

    • Manuel de Falla
      El amor brujo (Love, the Magician), ballet music: Danza del fuego (Ritual Fire Dance)

    • Johannes Brahms
      Hungarian Dance No. 5 in G minor

    Claudio Abbado conducts music from “Carmen” at the 1997 New Year’s Eve Concert Go to concert
  • Claudio Abbado conducts Brahms’s Requiem in Vienna

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    This concert with Brahms’s Deutsches Requiem – recorded in Vienna’s Musikverein on the 100th anniversary of the composer’s death – is among the most memorable performances by the Berliner Philharmoniker under the baton of Claudio Abbado. It is characterised not only by its perfection and tonal beauty, but also by its feeling of humanity and empathy. The vocal soloists are Barbara Bonney and Bryn Terfel.

    03 Apr 1997
    From the Musikverein, Vienna

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Claudio Abbado

    Barbara Bonney, Bryn Terfel

    • Johannes Brahms
      A German Requiem, op. 45

      Barbara Bonney Soprano, Bryn Terfel Baritone, Swedish Radio Choir, Eric Ericson Chamber Choir, Maria Wieslander Chorus Master

    Claudio Abbado conducts Brahms’s Requiem in Vienna Go to concert
  • Claudio Abbado conducts Brahms and Ravel at the 1996 New Year’s Eve Concert

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    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.

    31 Dec 1996
    New Year’s Eve Concert

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Claudio Abbado

    Swedish Radio Choir, Maxim Vengerov

    • Johannes Brahms
      Hungarian Dances: No. 1 in G minor · No. 10 in F major

    • Johannes Brahms
      Excerpts from Zigeunerlieder, op. 103: 1. »He, Zigeuner greife in die Seiten« · 2. »Hochgetürmte Rimaflut« · 3. »Wißt Ihr, wann mein Kindchen« · 4. »Lieber Gott, du weißt« · 9. »Weit und breit schaut niemand mich an«

      Swedish Radio Choir, Tõnu Kaljuste Chorus Master

    • Maurice Ravel
      Tzigane, rhapsody for violin and orchestra

      Maxim Vengerov Violin

    • Johannes Brahms
      Hungarian Dance No. 7 in A major

      Maxim Vengerov Violin

    • Johannes Brahms
      Hungarian Dances: No. 17 in F sharp minor · No. 21 in E minor

    • Johannes Brahms
      “Es tönt ein voller Harfenklang”, op. 17 no. 1

      Stefan Dohr Horn, Marie-Pierre Langlamet Harp, Swedish Radio Choir, Tõnu Kaljuste

    • Johannes Brahms
      Liebeslieder-Walzer, op. 52: Excerpts

      Swedish Radio Choir, Tõnu Kaljuste Chorus Master

    • Maurice Ravel
      La Valse, Poème chorégraphique for orchestra

    • Johannes Brahms
      Hungarian Dance No. 5 in G minor

    • Hector Berlioz
      La Damnation de Faust, Dramatic Legend, op. 24: Rákóczi March

    Claudio Abbado conducts Brahms and Ravel at the 1996 New Year’s Eve Concert Go to concert
  • Claudio Abbado conducts “An Italian Night” at the Waldbühne

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    Claudio Abbado was born and grew up in the shadow of La Scala in Milan, with the result that he practically imbibed a love of Italian opera with his mother’s milk, and so for his second Waldbühne concert in 1996 he presented a dazzling operatic gala in the form of “An Italian Night” made up of popular favourites by Verdi, Bellini and Rossini. He was joined by three outstanding soloists, Angela Gheorghiu, Bryn Terfel and Sergei Larin, and the Berlin Rundfunkchor.

    30 Jun 1996
    From the Berlin Waldbühne

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Claudio Abbado

    Rundfunkchor Berlin, Angela Gheorghiu, Sergej Larin, Bryn Terfel

    • Giuseppe Verdi
      Nabucco: Overture · Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves

      Rundfunkchor Berlin

    • Vincenzo Bellini
      I Capuleti e i Montecchi: “Eccomi in lieta vesta”

      Angela Gheorghiu soprano

    • Giuseppe Verdi
      Don Carlo: “È lui! desso, l’infante! … Dio, che nell’alma infondere”

      Sergej Larin tenor, Bryn Terfel baritone

    • Giuseppe Verdi
      Il trovatore: “Vedi, le fosche notturne spoglie” (Anvil Chorus)

      Rundfunkchor Berlin

    • Gioacchino Rossini
      Guillaume Tell: Overture

    • Giuseppe Verdi
      La forza del destino: Overture

    • Giuseppe Verdi
      Un ballo in maschera: “Forse la soglia attinse”

      Sergej Larin tenor

    • Giuseppe Verdi
      Otello: Excerpts

      Rundfunkchor Berlin, Bryn Terfel baritone, Angela Gheorghiu soprano, Sergej Larin tenor

    • Giuseppe Verdi
      Aida: “Gloria all’Egitto, ad Iside” – Triumphal March

      Rundfunkchor Berlin

    • Giuseppe Verdi
      I vespri siciliani: Overture

    • Gioacchino Rossini
      Il barbiere di Siviglia: Overture

    • Paul Lincke
      Berliner Luft

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  • 1996 European Concert from St. Petersburg with Claudio Abbado

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    There are not many opera houses that deserve the attribute “legendary”, but the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg is certainly one of them. In 1996, the Berliner Philharmoniker and Claudio Abbado held their European Concert there, presenting a Russian-German programme full of colour and verve – which included Prokofiev’s ballet Romeo and Juliet (which had received its premiere at the Mariinsky Theatre) and Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony.

    01 May 1996
    European Concert from St. Petersburg

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Claudio Abbado

    Anatoli Kotscherga, Kolja Blacher

    • Sergei Prokofiev
      Romeo and Juliet, ballet, op. 64: The Montagues and the Capulets · Dance of the five couples · Masks · Dance of the maids with lilies · Death of Tybalt

    • Sergei Rachmaninov
      Aleka, opera: Cavatina “Vyes’ tabor spit”

      Anatoli Kotscherga Bass

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Romances for violin and orchestra No. 1 in G major, op. 40 and No. 2 in F major, op. 50

      Kolja Blacher Violin

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Symphony No. 7 in A major, op. 92

    • Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
      The Nutcracker, op.71: Waltz of the Flowers

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  • Claudio Abbado conducts Russian works at Suntory Hall in Tokyo

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    There is nowhere else in the world that the Berliner Philharmoniker have been received with more warmth, enthusiasm, and for so many years, than in Japan. Recorded in Suntory Hall in Tokyo in 1994, this concert with Claudio Abbado gives an impression of just the kind of reception they are given. The programme includes major Russian works by Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky and Stravinsky which are shown to their best advantage in the outstanding acoustics of this concert hall.

    14 Oct 1994
    From Suntory Hall, Tokyo

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Claudio Abbado

    • Modest Mussorgsky
      St. John’s Night on the Bare Mountain

    • Igor Stravinsky
      L’Oiseau de feu (The Firebird), suite (1919)

    • Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
      Symphony No. 5 in E minor, op. 64

    Claudio Abbado conducts Russian works at Suntory Hall in Tokyo Go to concert
  • 1994 European Concert from Meiningen with Claudio Abbado and Daniel Barenboim

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    Claudio Abbado and Daniel Barenboim were friends from their student days. This recording from 1994 documents a joint performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 given in the beautifully restored Staatstheater in Meiningen. Hans von Bülow was once Kapellmeister there before he, as first chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker, created the basis of the orchestra's international reputation.

    01 May 1994
    European Concert from Meiningen

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Claudio Abbado

    Daniel Barenboim

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 5 in E flat major, op. 73

      Daniel Barenboim Piano

    • Johannes Brahms
      Symphony No. 2 in D major, op. 73

    1994 European Concert from Meiningen with Claudio Abbado and Daniel Barenboim Go to concert
  • Claudio Abbado conducts music inspired by the Prometheus myth

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    One of the hallmarks of Claudio Abbado’s years with the Berliner Philharmoniker was his fondness for programming cycles of concerts on particular themes. Central to this concert from 1992 is the myth of Prometheus. It features music by Beethoven, Liszt and Nono, culminating in Scriabin’s highly virtuosic Prométhée in which the piano soloist is Martha Argerich. No less remarkable is the original filming by director Christopher Swann.

    24 May 1992
    Prometheus: A film by Christopher Swann

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Claudio Abbado

    Martha Argerich

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      The Creatures of Prometheus, ballet music, op. 43: excerpts

    • Franz Liszt
      Prometheus, Symphonic Poem No. 5

    • Alexander Scriabin
      Prométhée – Le Poème du feu, op. 60

      Martha Argerich piano, Berliner Singakademie, Achim Zimmermann chorus master

    • Luigi Nono
      Prometeo: Seconda Isola

      Solistenchor Freiburg, André Richard chorus master, Monika Bair-Ivenz soprano, Ingrid Ade-Jesemann soprano, Ulrike Krumbiegel speaker, Matthias Schadock speaker, Peter Hall tenor, Susanne Otto contralto

    Claudio Abbado conducts music inspired by the Prometheus myth Go to concert
  • Claudio Abbado conducts Mozart at the 1991 European Concert from Prague

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    This was the concert with which the Berliner Philharmoniker founded the tradition of the European Concerts. The first of these performances took the orchestra and its chief conductor to Prague in 1991, where an all-Mozart programme marked the 200th anniversary of the composer’s birth. In addition to Symphonies Nos. 29 and 35, the concert included virtuoso arias with the soprano Cheryl Studer who at that time was at the peak of her career.

    01 May 1991
    European Concert from Prague

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Claudio Abbado

    Cheryl Studer, Bruno Canino

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Don Giovanni: Overture · “Crudele! Ah no, mio bene!” – “Non mi dir, bell’idol mio”

      Cheryl Studer Soprano

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Symphony No. 29 in A major, K. 201

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      “Ch’io mi scordi di te?” – “Non temer, amato bene”, scena and rondo, K. 505

      Cheryl Studer Soprano, Bruno Canino Piano

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Symphony No. 35 in D major, K. 385 “Haffner”

    Claudio Abbado conducts Mozart at the 1991 European Concert from Prague Go to concert
  • Claudio Abbado’s Inaugural Concert from 1989

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    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.

    16 Dec 1989
    Claudio Abbado’s Inaugural Concert

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Claudio Abbado

    • Gustav Mahler
      Symphony No. 1 in D major

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