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The Last Concert / Abbado, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra


Release Date: 05/04/2018 
Label:  Berlin Philharmonic   Catalog #: 160089  
Composer:  Felix MendelssohnHector Berlioz
Performer:  Stella DoufexisDeborah York
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic OrchestraBavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra Women
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Claudio Abbado (1933-2014) was one of the outstanding personalities in the history of the Berliner Philharmoniker. He made his debut with the orchestra in 1966 and was their chief conductor from 1990 to 2002. In May 2013, their unique partnership ended with Claudio Abbado's last concert with the orchestra – a “triumph”, in the words of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The programme included two of the most important works of musical Romanticism: Hector Berlioz's visionary Symphonie fantastique and Felix Mendelssohn's magical, shimmering music for A Midsummer Night's Dream. After the highly-praised first release of the concert, the edition is now available in a new, lower-priced version on 2 CDs/SACDs which can be played on any CD or SACD Read more player. The hardcover digibook contains a booklet with many illustrations and extensive accompanying texts.

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REVIEW:

The Symphonie Fantastique is dark and youthfully overwrought in general, and it's marvelous. There are also many fine moments in the Mendelssohn, where Abbado did not let the work's overfamiliarity worry him in the least; the gossamer overture got the concert off to a strong start, and it never really declined. Strongly recommended.

– All Music Guide Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61: Excerpt(s) by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Stella Doufexis (Mezzo Soprano), Deborah York (Soprano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra Women
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
2.
Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14 by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; France 

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