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Claudio Abbado - A Life Dedicated To Music

Beethoven / Abbado / Berliner Philharmoniker
Release Date: 05/28/2013 
Label:  Euroarts   Catalog #: 2059588  
Composer:  Modest MussorgskyIgor StravinskyJohannes BrahmsGiuseppe Verdi,   ... 
Performer:  Barbara BonneyBryn TerfelLucio GalloRamón Vargas,   ... 
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic OrchestraEric Ericson Chamber ChoirSwedish Radio Choir,   ... 
Number of Discs: 8 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

CLAUDIO ABBADO JUBILEE BOX
(8-DVD Box Set)

DVD 1: Berlin Philharmonic in Japan

Modest Mussorgsky: St. John’s Night on Bald Mountain, “A Night on the Bare Mountain”
Igor Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite
Johannes Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Claudio Abbado, conductor

Recorded live from the Suntory Hall, Tokyo, 1994

DVD 2: BRAHMS: Ein Deutsches Requiem

Johannes Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem Op. 45

Barbara Bonney, soprano
Bryn Terfel, baritone
Swedish Radio Choir
Eric Ericson Chamber Choir
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Claudio Abbado, conductor Read more />
Recorded live at the Musikverein, Vienna, April 1997

DVD 3: A VERDI GALA FROM BERLIN

arias from
Giuseppe Verdi:
Un ballo in maschera
Don Carlos • Rigoletto
La traviata • Falstaff

Andrea Rost • Ramón Vargas
Alan Titus • Lucio Gallo and other soloists
Berliner Philharmoniker
Claudio Abbado, conductor

Recorded live at the Philharmonie, Berlin, 30–31 December 2000

DVD 4: BEETHOVEN: SYMPHONIES NOS. 3 & 9

Ludwig van Beethoven:
Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55, “Eroica”
Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125, “Choral”

Karita Mattila, soprano
Violeta Urmana, alto
Thomas Moser, tenor
Eike Wilm Schulte, bass
Swedish Radio Chorus
Eric Ericson Chamber Choir
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Claudio Abbado, conductor

Recorded live at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rome, February 2001 (No. 3) and the Philharmonie, Berlin, 1 May 2000 (No. 9)

DVD 5: HEARING THE SILENCE

Sketches for a Portrait by Paul Smaczny (2003)

with
Bruno Ganz • Daniel Harding
Albrecht Mayer • Wolfram Christ
Kolja Blacher
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Lucerne Festival Orchestra
Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra

DVD 6: MAHLER: SYMPHONY No. 9

Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 9 in D major

Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra
Claudio Abbado, conductor

Recorded live at Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rome, 14 April 2004

DVD 7: BEETHOVEN & BRUCKNER

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37
Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 in E major, WAB 107

Alfred Brendel, piano
Lucerne Festival Orchestra
Claudio Abbado, conductor

Recorded live at the Concert Hall of the Culture and Concention
Centre Lucerne, 10–12 August 2005

DVD 8: J.S. BACH: BRANDENBURG CONCERTOS

Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 1–6

Orchestra Mozart
Giuliano Carmignola, principal violin
Claudio Abbado, conductor

Recorded live at Teatro Municipale Valli, Reggio Emilia, 21 April 2007

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Picture format: NTSC 16:9
Sound format: PCM Stereo (all) / Dolby Digital 5.1 / DTS 5.1 (all except DVD 2 & 5)
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Running time: 12 hours 29 mins
No. of DVDs: 8

R E V I E W S:



A fascinating documentary about one of world's great musicians.

The menu system for this DVD runs against an extract from the Largo of Dvorak's New World Symphony. The sound quality is noticeably poorer than the main film, which makes the inevitable repetition whilst one decides on subtitles and audio options even more irritating. I will keep on saying it - classical music DVDs should have no music at all on the menus!

The film itself opens with a quotation from a poem by Hölderlin. This probably works in German but I found it very hard to follow a lengthy and complex extract from the work of an 18th/19th century German Romantic poet via short subtitle-length translations. I doubt anything else can be done short of scrolling the entire quote up the screen slowly but it did start me off confused. A pity because, as becomes obvious later, this poem does contain a key to Abbado's outlook and we come back to it later.

The documentary is narrated mostly by the actor Bruno Ganz who knows the conductor well. He serves as an observer and considered commentator on a complicated man. As a non-musician Ganz provides the viewpoint that we, the viewers, need to grasp the Abbado phenomenon. Fascinating facts emerge, such as how Abbado and his student friend Zubin Mehta joined the Vienna Musikverein chorus as a means of getting in to watch normally closed rehearsals by some of the great conductors of the previous generation: Bruno Walter, Herbert von Karajan, Josef Krips and Herman Scherchen. Abbado himself talks of the art of conducting without really clearing away any of the mystique surrounding it. Daniel Harding talks about the working musician he knows as do members of the various great orchestras, Berlin, Vienna, Lucerne and the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, with which Abbado is associated. Interestingly from a British point of view, I noted no reference to his time with the LSO with whom he made some top class recordings. He does discuss his departure from Berlin, a uniquely daring decision that shook the orchestra, and his formation and subsequent work with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. The Lucerne are very much 'his' orchestra as was shown in the Proms 2009 and which London can experience again later in 2011.

The film is punctuated by extracts from concerts he has recorded with the above orchestras - including the Largo mentioned above - but more fascinating is the use of initially unidentified extracts from something extremely modern. It turns out to be Prometeo by Luigi Nono whose tough avante-garde music Abbado has always promoted. This alone takes one away from the Mahler and Beethoven and Dvorák with which he is mostly associated these days.

One emerges from these 'sketches for a portrait' awed by the grace and humility of the man but perhaps little wiser except for the reminder that this master of the great Germanic repertoire is in fact an Italian. He has a glorious home somewhere on the coast of Italy that will make you green with envy.

-- Dave Billinge, MusicWeb International
reviewing the documentary "Hearing the Silence" Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Night on the Bare Mountain by Modest Mussorgsky
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; Russia 
2.
Firebird Suite by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919/1945;   
3.
German Requiem, Op. 45 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Barbara Bonney (Soprano), Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Eric Ericson Chamber Choir,  Swedish Radio Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854-1868; Austria 
4.
Work(s) by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Lucio Gallo (Baritone), Ramón Vargas (Tenor), Alan Titus (Baritone),
Andrea Rost (Soprano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 12/2000 
5.
Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803; Vienna, Austria 
6.
Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Violeta Urmana (Mezzo Soprano), Karita Mattila (Soprano), Thomas Moser (Tenor),
Eike Wilm Schulte (Baritone)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1822-1824; Vienna, Austria 
7.
Symphony no 9 in D major by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1908-1909; Austria 
8.
Concerto for Piano no 3 in C minor, Op. 37 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alfred Brendel (Piano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lucerne Festival Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
9.
Symphony no 7 in E major, WAB 107 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lucerne Festival Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881-1883; Vienna, Austria 
10.
Brandenburg Concerto no 1 in F major, BWV 1046 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Giuliano Carmignola (Violin)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra Mozart
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717; ?Cöthen, Germany 
11.
Brandenburg Concerto no 2 in F major, BWV 1047 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Giuliano Carmignola (Violin)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra Mozart
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1718; ?Cöthen, Germany 
12.
Brandenburg Concerto no 3 in G major, BWV 1048 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Giuliano Carmignola (Violin)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra Mozart
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711-1713; ?Weimar, Germany 
13.
Brandenburg Concerto no 5 in D major, BWV 1050 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Giuliano Carmignola (Violin)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra Mozart
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720-1721; ?Cöthen, Germany 
14.
Brandenburg Concerto no 6 in B flat major, BWV 1051 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Giuliano Carmignola (Violin)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra Mozart
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1710; ?Weimar, Germany 

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