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Claudio Abbado, Berliner Philharmoniker – The Last Concert (180g 3LP Box Set)

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Label: Berlin Philharmoniker BPHR 160082

180g Vinyl – Half-Speed Mastering / Limited Edition – 1000 copies

Recorded live at the Berlin Philharmonie in May 2013

Manufactured by Pallas

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After the highly-praised first release of the concert, the edition is now available as a limited collector’s edition on 3 half-speed mastered LPs.The edition includes a hardcover booklet with many illustrations and extensive accompanying texts and is aimed at the growing community of audiophile vinyl lovers.

Claudio Abbado (1933–2014) was one of the outstanding personalities in the history of the Berliner Philharmoniker. In May 2013, their unique partnership ended with Abbado’s last concert with the orchestra. 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.

To mark the second anniversary of Claudio Abbado’s death on 20 January 2016, audio and video recordings of this memorable evening have been released in a hardcover luxury edition. With comprehensive articles, bonus videos and previously unpublished photographs, it documents Abbado’s work with the orchestra whose chief conductor he was from 1990 to 2002.

The recordings impressively convey the special atmosphere of the evening: the great affection the orchestra and the audience had for Claudio Abbado – and of course the enthusiasm for the musical performances. Renowned not least for his clever concert programming, Abbado combined two works here that deal with the theme of dreams in music in very different ways: Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream conveys the multifaceted magical atmosphere of Shakespeare’s original, while Berlioz uses modern means to tell his delirious tale of fateful love and drug-induced hallucinations.

Abbado’s performance brings out the full splendor of these scores. It is – as the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung wrote – a “wonder, the freedom and youthful-like spirit with which the soon to be octogenarian expends himself, which he radiates and which he presents to his audience from the conductor’s stand.

 

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Berliner Philharmoniker

Orchestra

Claudio Abbado

Conductor

Deborah York

Soprano

Stella Doufexis

Mezzo-Soprano

Damen des Chors des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Choir

Felix Mendelssohn - Ein Sommernachtstraum Op. 61 - Bühnenmusik Zu William Shakespear
A1Overture Op. 21: Allegro di Molto - Poco Ritenuto
A2No. 1 Scherzo: Allegro Vivace
B1No. 3: Song with Chorus
B2No. 5: Intermezzo
B3No. 7: Notturno
C1No. 9: Wedding March
C2No. 13: Finale
Hector Berlioz - Symphonie Fantastique Op. 14
D11. Rêveries - Passions: Largo - Allegro Agitato E Appassionato Assai - Religiosamente
E12. Un Bal: Allegro Non Troppo
E23. Scène Aux Champs: Allegretto Non Troppo
F14. Marche Au Supplice: Allegretto Non Troppo
F25. Songe D'une Nuit Du Sabbat
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Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

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