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Claudio Abbado: The Last Concert

Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Ouverture Op. 21  
1.1
Allegro di molto - Poco ritenuto
Felix Mendelssohn; Berliner Philharmoniker; Claudio Abbado
12:04
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Op. 61  
1.2
No. 1 Scherzo: Allegro vivace
Felix Mendelssohn; Berliner Philharmoniker; Claudio Abbado
4:47
1.3
No. 3 Song with Chorus: »You Spotted Snakes with Double Tongue« - Allegro ma non troppo (Solo Sopranos I and II, Female Choir)
Felix Mendelssohn; Berliner Philharmoniker; Claudio Abbado
4:13
1.4
No. 5 Intermezzo: Allegro appassionato - Allegro molto comodo
Felix Mendelssohn; Berliner Philharmoniker; Claudio Abbado
3:58
1.5
No. 7 Notturno: Andante tranquillo
Felix Mendelssohn; Berliner Philharmoniker; Claudio Abbado
5:45
1.6
No. 9 Wedding March: Allegro vivace
Felix Mendelssohn; Berliner Philharmoniker; Claudio Abbado
4:55
1.7
No. 13 Finale: »Through the House Give Glimmering Light« - Allegro di molto (Solo Soprano I, Female Choir)
Felix Mendelssohn; Berliner Philharmoniker; Claudio Abbado
4:24
Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14  
2.1
I. Rêveries - Passions: Largo - Allegro agitato e appassionato assai - Religiosamente
Hector Berlioz; Berliner Philharmoniker; Claudio Abbado
15:51
2.2
II. Un bal: Valse. Allegro non troppo
Hector Berlioz; Berliner Philharmoniker; Claudio Abbado
6:44
2.3
III. Scène aux champs: Adagio
Hector Berlioz; Berliner Philharmoniker; Claudio Abbado
16:06
2.4
IV. Marche au supplice: Allegretto non troppo
Hector Berlioz; Berliner Philharmoniker; Claudio Abbado
6:46
2.5
V. Songe d’une nuit du Sabbat - Dies Irae - Ronde du Sabbat - Dies Irae et Ronde du Sabbat ensemble: Larghetto - Allegro
Hector Berlioz; Berliner Philharmoniker; Claudio Abbado
10:19
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    1:35:52
"[the last concert] gave the [Berliners] a chance to show in Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream music a lightness and delicacy learnt from Abbado, and in the Symphonie fantastique a relish both for its vulgar moments and for the spacious, transcendental calm of the 'Scene aux champs'…a recording to treasure"
- BBC Music Magazine

Claudio Abbado (1933-2014) was one of the outstanding personalities in the history of the Berliner Philharmoniker. He made his debut with the orchestra in 1966 and was their chief conductor from 1990 to 2002. In May 2013, their unique partnership ended with Claudio Abbado's last concert with the orchestra – a “triumph”, in the words of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. 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. Audio and video recordings of this memorable evening are now being released in a hardcover luxury edition. The bonus material includes a historical documentary about Abbado's first year as chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker. In addition to extensive texts, the booklet contains numerous photos, some of which have never been published before.
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