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Claudio Abbado: Bio

Claudio Abbado made his debut in 1960, at the Teatro alla Scala in his home city of Milan, and was music director there from 1968–1986. He also served as music director of the London Symphony Orchestra from 1983–1986. Having conducted the Wiener Philharmoniker for the first time in 1965, he became music director of the Vienna State Opera from 1986–1991, and in 1987 Generalmusikdirektor of the City of Vienna. In 1988 he initiated the "Wien Modern" Festival. Abbado has always taken great interest in young musicians: as founder and music director of the Youth Orchestra of the European Union and the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, artistic director of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and founder and principal conductor of the new Lucerne Festival Orchestra. He has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon since 1967, amassing a discography that includes the entire symphonic works of Beethoven, Brahms, Mahler, Mendelssohn, Schubert and Ravel and more than 20 complete opera recordings.

Abbado's numerous honours and awards include the Gran Croce, the highest honour bestowed by the Italian Republic, the Cross of the Legion of Honour from the French Minister of Culture and the Grosses Verdienstkreuz des Verdienstordens (the highest honour awarded by the Federal Republic of Germany). In 1973, the Wiener Philharmoniker awarded him the Ring of Honour, and in 1980 the Golden Nicolai Medal. In Vienna in 1985, he received the Gold Medal of the International Gustav Mahler Society for his services to the composer's music; in Düsseldorf in 2004, the Kythera Award for his "innumerable services to musical culture". He was named an honorary citizen of Lucerne in 2005. Abbado holds honorary doctorates from the universities of Aberdeen, Ferrara and Cambridge, and is an honorary member of Vienna's Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde and Konzerthausgesellschaft.

Claudio Abbado

Orchestra Mozart - Schubert / Symphony in C major

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1 Schubert: Symphony in C major D 944 / Andante
2 Schubert: Symphony in C major D 944 / Andante con moto
3 Schubert: Symphony in C major D 944 / Scherzo. Allegro vivace - Trio
4 Schubert: Symphony in C major D 944 / Finale. Allegro vivace
Abbado on Beethoven
Abbado in rehearsal with the Berliner Philharmoniker

Deutsche Grammophon is extremely proud to release a recording of Claudio Abbado leading the Orchestra Mozart in a live performance of Schubert's Symphony in C major, D 944 "The Great".  The conductor and orchestra enjoyed a highly fruitful working relationship, and that combined with Abbado's love of Schubert led to a truly memorable performance.  "A magnificent interpretation ... in the precision of the gestures, in the way Abbado directs his orchestra, in the knowledgeable and intelligent shaping of each component of the score." 

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