Skip to comments.Claudio Abbado, a Conductor With Global Reach, Dies at 80
Posted on 01/20/2014 9:23:38 AM PST by EveningStar
Claudio Abbado, a conductor whose refined interpretations of a large symphonic and operatic repertory won him the directorships of several of the worlds most revered musical institutions including La Scala, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Vienna State Opera and the Berlin Philharmonic died on Monday at his home in Bologna, Italy. He was 80.
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They didn’t mention that he wrote the great book “I Claudius”.
Oh wait... That was written by Robert Graves about Tiberius Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, the fourth Caesar.
Best Mozart conductor EVER, as Von Karajan as the best with Beethoven. Was lucky to have seen both live (V.K. in Berlin, Abbado in NYC and L.A.)
Another one of the greats takes a last bow and goes to join the Choir Invisible.
He left a great legacy. I never heard him in person but have many recordings.
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What kind of conductor was he? Heavy metal (like copper)?
He’s not even in the Top 100 of Rolling Stone’s greatest musicians of all the time, like Eddy Von Helen, or Jimmy Hendricks.
That right there makes him a role model in my eyes.
Unfortunately, my listening pleasure is now sadly truncated, nay, aborted, since the classical music FM station in my neck of the Florida central Gulf coast disappeared into thin air.......and I've found no replacement.
I can get classical and light classical music uninterrupted through my TV set....but these two channels play such archaic, medieval, dreary, deadening, tedious, funereal, boring, heavy, unknown, unpopular, eye-glazing orchestral pieces it's enough to drive you to drink a goblet of poisoned elixir d'amore.