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Claudio Abbado - Three Classic Albums


Release Date: 02/25/2014 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 001999502   
Composer:  Johannes BrahmsGioachino RossiniGiuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic OrchestraChamber Orchestra of EuropeMilan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 3 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Brahms: Hungarian Dances
The 21 scintillating dances that Brahms arranged (or, in three cases, composed himself) for piano four hands after Hungarian traditional themes have always been among his most famous works, and the orchestrations – mostly by other composers – are permanent concert-hall fixtures, especially popular as audience-rousing encores. Claudio Abbado’s now-classic complete recording with the Vienna Philharmonic was made for Deutsche Grammophon’s 1983 Brahms Edition and has stayed in the catalogue ever since. “The playing”, wrote Gramophone, “has freshness and enthusiasm. It has delicacy and charm when required . . . together with warmth, eloquence and virtuosity . . . The spirit of what Brahms called his ‘genuine gypsy
Read more children’ is always in evidence.” HiFi Stereophonie concurred: “It’s all there: temperament, melting beauty, rhythmic bite, refinement – plus something more, a perfect balance between fire and coolness.”

Rossini: Overtures
Rossini’s first big success came in 1812, when he was only 20. During the next five years, with comic opera triumphs like The Italian Girl in Algiers, Cinderella (La Cenerentola) and The Thieving Magpie (La gazza ladra), he became the leading Italian composer. He was also a famous gourmet. After William Tell’s premiere in Paris in 1829, a cake was created in his honour, crowned by a sugar apple pierced with a sugar arrow. But Tell, his 39th and grandest opera, would be his last, though he lived another four decades. Today his most popular work is still The Barber of Seville (1816), perhaps the most perfect (and funniest) of all comic operas. Rossini’s exhilarating overtures remained popular concert-openers even before the extensive revival of his operas in the second half of the last century – a movement in which Claudio Abbado played a major role. This, his second, recording of Rossini’s most famous overtures features the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, whose lean textures, precision and energy enable Abbado to generate added fizz and sparkle in this already exuberant music. “Gestural clarity, pointed accents that make for real wit and even some surprises,” wrote FonoForum.

Verdi: Choruses
Verdi singled out Nabucco, premiered at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala in 1842, as “the opera with which my artistic career really began”. The stirring number that contributed most to Nabucco’s wild popularity was “Va’, pensiero”, which became the Risorgimento’s unofficial anthem and is still among the best- loved opera choruses. That shortlist also contains other Verdi classics collected in this set of recordings orginally released in the 1970s, designed to showcase the incomparable chorus of La Scala – Italian opera’s great shrine – under music director Claudio Abbado and chorus master Romano Gandolfi. The Penguin Stereo Record Guide wrote in 1977: “Superb ... quite the finest collection of operatic choruses available. The combination of precision and tension is riveting, and the recording is of superlative standard, offering a wide dynamic range, fine detail in the pianissimos and marvellous weight in the moments of spectacle. The diminuendo at the end of the Anvil Chorus is most subtly managed, while the rhythmic bounce of ‘Si ridesti’ (from Ernani) is matched by the expansive brilliance of the excerpts from Aida and Don Carlo, and by the atmospheric power of ‘Patria oppressa’ from Macbeth.”
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Works on This Recording

1.
Hungarian Dances (21) for Orchestra, WoO 1 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868-1880; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1982 
Venue:  Sofiensaal, Vienna 
2.
Il barbiere di Siviglia: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/1989 
Venue:  Teatro Comunale, Ferrara, Italy 
Length: 7 Minutes 13 Secs. 
3.
Guillaume Tell: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/1989 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 10 Minutes 57 Secs. 
4.
L'italiana in Algeri: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1813; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/1989 
Venue:  Teatro Comunale, Ferrara, Italy 
Length: 7 Minutes 45 Secs. 
5.
La Cenerentola: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Written: 1817 
Date of Recording: 12/1989 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 8 Minutes 6 Secs. 
6.
Semiramide: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/1989 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 11 Minutes 53 Secs. 
7.
La scala di seta: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1812; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/1989 
Venue:  Teatro Comunale, Ferrara, Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 53 Secs. 
8.
La gazza ladra: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/1989 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 8 Minutes 55 Secs. 
9.
Nabucco: Gli arredi festivi by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Italy 
10.
Nabucco: Va, pensiero by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Italy 
11.
Il trovatore: Vedi! le fosche notturne "Anvil Chorus" by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
12.
Otello: Fuoco di gioia by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Italy 
13.
Ernani: Si ridesti il Leon di Castiglia by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Italy 
14.
Aida: Gloria all' Egitto by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
15.
Aida: O tu che sei d'Osiride by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
16.
Macbeth: Che faceste? dite su! by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847/1865; Italy 
17.
Macbeth: S'allontanarono! by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847/1865; Italy 
18.
Macbeth: Patria oppressa! by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847/1865; Italy 
19.
I lombardi: Gerusalem! by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Italy 
20.
I lombardi: O Signore, dal tetto natio by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Italy 
21.
Don Carlos: Spuntato ecco il dì d'esultanza by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867/1884; Italy 
22.
Un ballo in maschera: Posa in pace by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Italy 
23.
Simon Boccanegra: Viva Simon! by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857; Italy 
24.
Requiem Mass: Dies irae by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Italy 
25.
Requiem Mass: Tuba mirum by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Italy 
26.
Requiem Mass: Sanctus by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Italy 

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