Claudio Abbado

Biography

Born: June 26, 1933; Milan, Italy   Died: January 20, 2014; Bologna, Italy   Country: Italy  
Claudio Abbado was one of the leading conductors of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. He held a number of prestigious posts, any one of which would be a crowning achievement for a conductor, and his musical presence in both concert and recordings left an undeniable legacy of excellence.

His family traces its roots to a prominent Moorish family expelled from Spain in 1492 and is said to include the architect of
Read more the Alhambra. His father was Michelangelo Abbado, a violinist and teacher who gave both Claudio and his brother, Marcello Abbado, their first piano and music lessons (Marcello has gone on to become a pianist and composer).

Claudio was educated at the Milan Conservatory, graduating in 1955 with a certificate in piano. While a student there, he also studied conducting with Antonio Votto. In 1955, he studied piano with Friedrich Gulda in Salzburg, and then (from 1956-1958) attended Hans Swarowsky's conducting classes at the Vienna Academy of Music.

In 1958, he made his conducting debut in Trieste, and won the Koussevitzky Competition at Tanglewood. This led to his engagement in several provincial opera houses and orchestras, as well as a teaching position at Parma Conservatory. After winning the 1963 Dimitri Mitropoulos Prize, he was awarded a five-month position on the staff of the New York Philharmonic, with which he made his American professional debut on April 7, 1963. The year 1965 marked his debut with the Vienna Philharmonic at the Salzburg Festival, but more so for his return to his hometown of Milan to conduct at La Scala. He would conduct there again in 1967, become the company's resident director in 1968, and be named music director in 1971.

Abbado was credited with raising the performing standards at La Scala, and for broadening its repertory. He also organized its orchestral players into the Orchestra della Scala, whose performances of works by such composers as Schoenberg, Nono, Ligeti, Stockhausen, and Berio brought Abbado special acclaim as an interpreter of modern works.

In 1971, he was appointed principal conductor of the Vienna Philharmonic. Soon after, he formed a relationship with the London Symphony Orchestra, of which he became principal conductor in 1979, and finally music director, a post he retained until 1988. Other activities during this period included the founding of the European Community Youth Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and the Gustav Mahler Youth Chamber Orchestra.

For the period 1982-1986, Abbado served as principal guest conductor at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, after which he was appointed music director of the Vienna State Opera. The Viennese further honored him by appointing him general music director of the city. During his tenure, he founded (1988) the Wien Modern music festival, which has now grown to encompass all forms of contemporary art.

Abbado succeeded Herbert von Karajan as music director of the Berlin Philharmonic in 1989. In 1991, he relinquished his position at the Vienna State Opera, but he has maintained a presence in the city by founding the annual Vienna prize for young composers. In 1994, he succeeded to another post once held by Karajan, namely the directorship of the Salzburg Easter Festival.

Abbado was an exciting conductor who relished the beauty of tone. His extensive discography includes the complete symphonic works of Mahler, Schubert, Ravel, Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn, and Beethoven, and dozens of other recordings. Read less
Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Symphony No 4 / Abbado
Release Date: 07/06/2012   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 62826   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Piano Concertos 20 & 12 / Serkin, Abbado, LSO
Release Date: 09/15/1982   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 400068   Number of Discs: 1
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Claudio Abbado - Lucerne Festival Orchestra
Release Date: 03/31/2015   Label: Accentus  
Catalog: 20244   Number of Discs: 1
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Born: June 26, 1933; Milan, Italy   Died: January 20, 2014; Bologna, Italy   Country: Italy  
Claudio Abbado was one of the leading conductors of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. He held a number of prestigious posts, any one of which would be a crowning achievement for a conductor, and his musical presence in both concert and recordings left an undeniable legacy of excellence.

His family traces its roots to a prominent Moorish family expelled from Spain in 1492 and is said to include the architect of
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WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
1. Andante - Allegro
2. Tema con variazione
3. Allegro ma non troppo
1. Allegramente
2. Adagio assai
3. Presto
1. Allegro maestoso
2. Romance (Larghetto)
3. Rondo (Vivace)
1. Allegro maestoso
2. Quasi adagio - Allegretto vivace - Allegro animato
3. Allegro marziale animato
1. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso - Allegro con spirito
2. Andantino semplice - Prestissimo - Tempo I
3. Allegro con fuoco
1. Allegro con brio
2. Largo
3. Rondo (Allegro)
1. Allegro con brio
2. Adagio
3. Rondo (Molto allegro)
1. Allegro maestoso
2. Andante
3. Allegretto
1. Allegro
2. Romance
3. Rondo (Allegro assai)
Beginning
The curtain rises
First seduction game: the shabby old rake
Second seduction game
The shy youth appears at the door.
Third seduction game
The Mandarin enters - Encounter with the girl
The girl's dance
She flees from him; he chases her wildly.
The Mandarin stumbles, but catches the girl;they fight The tramps leap out, seize the Mandarin, rob him and suffocate him with pillows.
Suddenly the Mandarin's head appears. The tramps drag him out...
They drag the Mandarin to the centre of the room - The Mandarin's body begins to glow.
The tramps take him down. He falls to the floor and at once leaps at the girl. They embrace.
His longing stilled, the Mandarin's wounds begin to bleed; he becomes weaker and dies.
1. "Ideal"
One Grotesque - Presto
1. The Adoration Of Veless And Ala
2. The Enemy God And The Dance Of The Spirits Of Darkness
3. Night
4. The Glorious Departure Of Lolly And The Sun's Procession
1. Feierlich. Misterioso
2. Scherzo (Bewegt lebhaft) - Trio (Schnell)
3. Adagio (Langsam, feierlich)
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante con moto
I. Adagio molto - Allegro molto
II. Larghetto
III. Scherzo
IV. Allegro molto
1. Allegro maestoso
2. Andante
3. Allegretto
1. Allegro
2. Romance
3. Rondo (Allegro assai)
1. Allegro
2. Adagio
3. Allegro assai
1. Allegro
2. Larghetto
3. (Alllegretto)
1. Nacht
2. Schilflied
3. Die Nachtigall
4. Traumgekrönt
5. Im Zimmer
6. Liebesode
7. Sommertage
1. Praeludium (Prelude)
2. Reigen (Round Dance)
3. Marsch (March)
1. Sostenuto assai - Un poco più vivace - Allegro ma non troppo - Con fuoco
2. Scherzo (Allegro vivace)
3. Adagio espresssivo
4. Allegro molto vivace
Brahms: Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat, Op.83 - 1. Allegro non troppo
Brahms: Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat, Op.83 - 2. Allegro appassionato
Brahms: Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat, Op.83 - 3. Andante - Più adagio
Brahms: Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat, Op.83 - 4. Allegretto grazioso - Un poco più presto
Beethoven: Fantasia for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra in C minor, Op.80 - 1. Adagio
Beethoven: Fantasia for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra in C minor, Op.80 - 2. Finale: a) Allegro - Meno allegro - Allegro molto - Adagio ma non troppo - Marcia, assai vivace
Beethoven: Fantasia for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra in C minor, Op.80 - Adagio ma non troppo
Beethoven: Fantasia for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra in C minor, Op.80 - Marcia, assai vivace - Allegro
Beethoven: Fantasia for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra in C minor, Op.80 - Allegretto, ma non troppo (quasi Andante)
Beethoven: Fantasia for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra in C minor, Op.80 - Presto
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.1 In C Major, Op.15 - 1. Allegro con brio - Cadenza: Ludwig van Beethoven
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.1 In C Major, Op.15 - 2. Largo
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.1 In C Major, Op.15 - 3. Rondo (Allegro scherzando)
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.2 In B Flat Major, Op.19 - 1. Allegro con brio - Cadenza: Ludwig van Beethoven
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.2 In B Flat Major, Op.19 - 2. Adagio
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.2 In B Flat Major, Op.19 - 3. Rondo (Molto allegro)
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.3 In C Minor, Op.37 - 1. Allegro con brio - Cadenza: Beethoven
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.3 In C Minor, Op.37 - 2. Largo
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.3 In C Minor, Op.37 - 3. Rondo (Allegro)
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.4 In G, Op.58 - 1. Allegro moderato - Cadenza: Ludwig van Beethoven
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.4 In G, Op.58 - 2. Andante con moto
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.4 In G, Op.58 - 3. Rondo. Vivace - Cadenza: Ludwig van Beethoven
1. Allegro affettuoso
2. Intermezzo (Andantino grazioso)
3. Allegro vivace
1. Andante comodo
2. Im Tempo eines gemächlichen Ländler. Etwas täppisch und sehr derb - Poco più mosso subito - Ländler, ganz langsam
3. Rondo. Burleske (Allegro assai. Sehr trotzig - Presto)
4. Adagio (Sehr langsam)
"Le cerf s'enfuit sous la ramure"
Recit et Romance: "Fontainebleau! Forêt immense.."
Je l'ai vue
Scene et Duo:"Le bruit du cor s'éteint sous l'ombre.."
"Que faites-vous donc?" ... "De quels transports"
Scène et Final: "A celui qui vous vient... L'heure fatale est sonnée"
"Charles-Quint, l'auguste Empereur"
Au couvent de Saint-Just
Scène et Duo:"Le voilà!..Dieu, tu semas dans nos âmes"
Choeur et Scène: "Sous ces bois au feuillage immense"
"Au palais des fées"
Scene,Terzettino,Dialogué et Romance:"L'infant Carlos"
"Je viens solliciter de la Reine une grâce...O bien perdu...Par quelle douce voix"
Scène et Romance: "Le Roi!..."
O ma chère compagne
Scene et Duo: "Restez!...O Roi! J'arrive de Flandre"
Prelude
Scene: "A minuit, aux jardins de la Reine"
Duo: "C'est vous!"
Trio: "Que dit-il?"
Grand Final: "Ce jour heureux est plein d'allégresse!"
"..En placant sur mon front,...Sire, la dernière heure
"Elle ne m'aime pas!"
Scene: "Le Grand Inquisiteur!...Dans ce beau pays"
Scene et Quartour: "Justice! Sire!...Maudit soit le soupcon infâme"
"Pitié! Pardon pour la femme coupable!"
Ah, je ne verrai plus la Reine.. O don fatal...
C'est moi, Carlos...
C'est mon jour suprême...
Que parles-tu de mort?...
Carlos, écoute... Ah! Je meurs l'âme joyeuse
Emeute:"Mon fils, reprenez votre épée..Ciel!Le tocsin!
Scène et Duo d'Adieu: "C'est elle!...J'avais fait un beau rêve!...Au revoir dans un monde où la vie est meilleure"
Scene Finale: "Oui, pour toujours!"
1. Prelude et Introduction: "L'hiver est long"
2. Introduction et Chaeur: "Que de fleurs... Pour une nuit me voilà Reine"
3. Le Ballet de la Reine
4. Scene: "J'ai tout compris"
5. Final: "Mon fils, reprenez votre épée...Qui me rendra ce mort?"
6. Final: "Oui, pour toujour... Ah! Sois maudit! Arti- san d'une oeuvre détestée!"
Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin - Piano version - 1. Prélude
Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin - Piano version - 2. Fugue
Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin - Piano version - 3. Forlane
Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin - Piano version - 4. Rigaudon
Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin - Piano version - 5. Menuet
Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin - Piano version - 6. Toccata
Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales - 1. Modéré - très franc
Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales - 2. Assez lent - avec une expression intense
Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales - 3. Modéré
Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales - 4. Assez animé
Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales - 5. Presque lent - dans un sentiment intime
Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales - 6. Assez vif
Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales - 7. Moins vif
Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales - 8. Epilogue (Lent)
Ravel: Piano Concerto In G, M. 83 - 1. Allegramente
Ravel: Piano Concerto In G, M. 83 - 2. Adagio assai
Ravel: Piano Concerto In G, M. 83 - 3. Presto
1. Allegro
2. Larghetto
3. Allegro
1. Allegro
2. Romance
3. Rondo (Allegro assai)
1. Adagio
2. Lamentoso - disperato, con moto
3. Molto sostenuto
1. Allegro
2. Largo
3. Allegro (Danza pastorale)
1. Allegro non molto - Allegro
2. Adagio - Presto - Adagio
3. Presto (Tempo impetuoso d'estate)
1. Allegro (Ballo, e canto de' villanelli)
2. Adagio molto (Ubriachi dormienti)
3. Allegro (La caccia)
1. Allegro non molto
2. Largo
3. Allegro
1. Allegro brioso
2. Andante assai
3. Allegro scherzando
1. Andante - Allegro
2. Tema con variazione
3. Allegro ma non troppo
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande / Act 1 - "Je ne pourrai plus sortir"
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande / Act 1 - "Pourquoi pleures-tu?"
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande / Act 1 - Je suis perdu aussi
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande / Act 1 - "Voici ce qu'il écrit à son frère"
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande / Act 1 - "Qu'en dites-vous?"
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande / Act 1 - Interlude
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande / Act 1 - "Il fait sombre"
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande / Act 1 - "Hoé! Hisse hoé!"
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande / Act 2 - "Vous ne savez pas où je vous ai menée"
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande / Act 2 - "C'est au bord d'une fontaine"
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande / Act 2 - Interlude
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande / Act 2 - "Ah, ah, tout va bien"
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande / Act 2 - "Voyons, donne-moi ta main"
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande / Act 2 - Interlude
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande / Act 2 - "Oui, c'est ici, nous y sommes"
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande / Act 3 - "Mes longs cheveux descendent"
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande / Act 3 - "Je les tiens dans les mains"
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande / Act 3 - "Que faites-vous ici?"
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande / Act 3 - "Prenez garde! Par ici"
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande / Act 3 - "Ah, je respire enfin"
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande / Act 3 - Interlude
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande / Act 3 - "Viens, nous allons nous asseoir ici"
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande / Act 3 - "S'ils s'embrassent, petit père?"
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande / Act 4 - "Où vas-tu?"
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande / Act 4 - "Maintenant que le Père de Pelléas"
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande / Act 4 - "Pelléas part ce soir"
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande / Act 4 - "Ne mettez pas ainsi votre main à la gorge"
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande / Act 4 - Interlude
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande / Act 4 - "Oh! Cette pierre est lourde"
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande / Act 4 - "C'est le dernier soir"
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande / Act 4 - Nous sommes venus ici il y a bien longtemps
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande / Act 4 - "On dirait que ta voix"
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande / Act 4 - "Quel est ce bruit?"
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande / Act 5 - "Ce n'est pas de cette petite blessure"
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande / Act 5 - "Attention, je crois qu'elle s'éveille"
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande / Act 5 - "Mélisande, as-tu pitié de moi?"
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande / Act 5 - Non, non, nous n'avons pas été coupables
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande / Act 5 - "Qu'avez-vous fait?"
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande / Act 5 - "Qu'y a-t-il?"
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande / Act 5 - "Attention... attention!"
Hungarian Dance No.1 In G Minor
Hungarian Dance No.2 In D Minor
Hungarian Dance No.3 In F
Hungarian Dance No.4 In F Sharp Minor
Hungarian Dance No.5 In G Minor
Hungarian Dance No.6 In D Flat
Hungarian Dance No.7 In F Hungarian Dance No. 7 In A
Hungarian Dance No.8 In A Minor
Hungarian Dance No.9 In E Minor
Hungarian Dance No.10 In F
Hungarian Dance No.11 In D Minor
Hungarian Dance No.12 In D Minor
Hungarian Dance No.13 In D
Hungarian Dance No.14 In D Minor
Hungarian Dance No.15 In B Flat
Hungarian Dance No.16 In F Minor / Major
Hungarian Dance No.17 In F Sharp Minor
Hungarian Dance No.18 In D
Hungarian Dance No.19 In B Minor
Hungarian Dance No.20 In E Minor
Hungarian Dance No.21 In E Minor
Clarinet Concerto in A K622: I. Allegro
Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K. 622: II. Adagio
Clarinet Concerto in A K622: III. Rondo (Allegro)
I. Andante - Allegro con anima
II. Andante cantabile, con alcuna licenza
III. Valse - Allegro moderato
IV. Finale - Andante maestoso - Allegro vivace
I. Andante - Allegretto
II. Allegro - Adagio
I. Allegro ma non troppo - Adagio
II. Larghetto
III. Rondo allegro
Beginning
1. Interno dolce
2. Duro deciso
Piano entry
3. Dolcissimo sereno
Orchestra entry
Orchestra and piano entry
1. Allegro moderato - Allegro
2. Andante
3. Allegro molto
1. Allegro
2. Adagio - Più adagio - Presto
3. Allegro molto
1. Adagio - Allegro
2. Andante con moto
3. Menuetto (Allegretto)
4. Finale (Allegro)
1. Molto allegro
2. Andante
3. Menuetto (Allegretto) - Trio
4. Finale (Allegro assai)
1. Allegro
2. Rondo (Allegro)
1. Allegro maestoso
2. Andante
3. Rondo
1. Allegro
2. Romanze (Larghetto)
3. Allegro
1. Allegro moderato
2. Romanza (Andante)
3. Rondo (Allegro vivace)
Overture
Jetzt, Schätchen, jetz sind wir allein
Seit Fidelio bei uns ist
O wär' ich schon mit dir vereint
Ich täusche die Menschen
Mir ist so wunderbar
Marzelline und Fidelio haben sich offensichtlich recht lieb
Hat man nicht aud Gold beineben
In den finstersten Gewolben sitzt ein Gefangener
Gut, Sohnchen, gut
Marsch
Etwas Neues vorgefallen?
Ha! Welch ein Augenblick!
Und nun zu dir mein lieber Rocco
Jetzt, Alter, hat es Eile!
Abscheulicher! Wo eilst du hin?
Wie Fidelio das wieder geschafft hatte war mir ein Rätsel
O welche Lust
Nun sprecht, wie ging's?
Ach, Vater, eilt!
Verwegener Alter
Leb wohl, du warmes Sonnenlicht
Gott! - Welch Dunkel hier!
Wie kalt es ist diesem unterirdischen...Nur hurtig fort, nur Frisch gebraben
Ihr habt wieder geruht
Euch werde Lohn in bessern Welten
Ist alles bereit?
Er sterbe!
O namenlose Freude!
Heil se idem Tag, Heil sei der Stunde
1. (Allegro)
2. Adagio
3. Allegro
4. Menuett - Trio - Polonaise - Menuett - Trio
1. (Allegro)
2. Adagio
3. Allegro
1. Allegro
2. Affetuoso
3. Allegro
1. (Allegro)
2. Adagio ma non tanto
3. Allegro


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