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
player. The hardcover digibook contains a booklet with many illustrations and extensive accompanying texts.
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.
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Works on This Recording
Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61: Excerpt(s) by Felix Mendelssohn
Stella Doufexis (Mezzo Soprano),
Deborah York (Soprano)
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra Women
Written: 1842; Germany
Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14 by Hector Berlioz
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1830; France
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