The Last Video Recording of Claudio Abbado
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Tragic Overture, Op. 81
Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)
Orchestral Interlude and “Song of the Wood Dove” from “Gurre-Lieder”
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55, “Eroica”
Lucerne Festival Orchestra
Mihoko Fujimura (alto)
With his very own “mysterious seductive power and legendary elegance” (Le Monde), Claudio Abbado opened for the last time the Lucerne Festival in the summer of 2013. Only a few months later, the world had to bid farewell to a monumental artist, humanist, great conductor and orchestra founder. Even in the concert itself, documented here, lived a moment of farewell, as the three great works performed tell of the transience of life. The centerpiece of the “Eroica” is the funeral march revealing “abysses of shattering dimension” – an “intense experience” (Neue Zürcher Zeitung).
This recording, the last audio-visual documentation of his work, captures once again the extraordinary atmosphere of “vibrant emotionality” that always emerged when Abbado created music with his “orchestra of friends”.
Recorded live at KKL Lucerne, August 2013
“…the concert itself is undoubtedly a precious document.” – Gramophone Magazine
“Most memorable, perhaps, is the Eroica Symphony, with all four movements more spacious than on any of Abbado’s previous recordings of the piece.” – BBC Music Magazine
Record Academy Award – Record Geijutsu 2014