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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Music Tuesday: Adagietto from Mahler's 5th Symphony, In Memoriam of Claudio Abbado

I was saddened to see this (Monday) evening that classical composer Claudio Abbado passed away.  He was eighty years old.  You can read the NY Times Obit here.  In his career he had either been principal conductor or the musical director at La Scala in Milan, London Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Vienna State Opera, and Berlin Philharmonic.  Those are some of the world top orchestras.  I think I saw him conduct once as a guest conductor at the NY Philharmonic many years ago.  I'm not adept enough to distinguish what makes one conductor superior to another, but he had a great reputation.  I have several of his recordings on my ipod.

The Times Obit says he was particularly adept at interpreting Mahler, so here I present him conducting the fourth movement, Adagietto, of Gustav Mahler's 5th Symphony.  You can read about the piece here.



Lovely.  Requiescat in Pace, Maestro.

1 comment:

  1. That is a gorgeous piece. I love to watch the conductor whenever I see a concert. I have had the privilege of playing under some wonderful conductors. It makes all the difference in the way music is played.

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