opis: Editor's Info: In more recent years, every Abbado recording has been an event, something special – whether his Mahler symphonies with Berlin, or the Mozart, Bach and Pergolesi projects with “his” Orchestra Mozart. And, of course, as a sponsor and champion of new orchestras he is unrivalled – not least with his most recent creations, the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and the Orchestra Mozart.
THE SYMPHONY EDITION – OVERVIEW
His Grand-Old-Man status assured Abbado remains a modest, unassuming but tenaciously demanding orchestral leader. Now, to celebrate the maestro’s reaching his 80th year, we have prepared an ambitious Symphony Edition as a birthday tribute:
- Limited-edition 41-CD box set
- Complete recordings of eight great symphonists – Mozart (with Orchestra Mozart), Haydn, Beethoven (with Berliner Philharmoniker), Schubert, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Bruckner and Mahler (with Berliner Phliharmoniker and Lucerne festival Orchestra)
- Featuring seven of the orchestras with whom Abbado is most closely associated (Orchestra Mozart, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, London Symphony, Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Philharmoniker, Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Lucerne Festival Orchestra)
- Complete symphonic cycles of Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Brahms and Mahler (see attachment for complete track list).
- All recordings have been personally selected by Claudio Abbado
- Bruckner’s First Symphony – a special “addition”: at Abbado’s request, we have licensed a live recording of Bruckner’s First Symphony with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, being released here for the first time anywhere.
- He had previously recorded the first version (the “Linz” version, 1866) of the Symphony with the Wiener Philharmoniker, but has since discovered and championed the later expanded “Vienna” version (carried out by Bruckner in 1890–91) – a not uncontroversial step!
- Is this such a big deal? Anyone who has heard performances of the symphony that Abbado has given with the orchestra on tour in recent months will know that this is an electrifying account, one that changes the way we should regard the work. It’s the first CD to go for in the Edition (and will be offered as advance music)!
- In sum, a superb addition to the Symphony Edition, and to Abbado’s discogaphy (also to be released in a separate Bruckner box later).
- Parallel to this Edition, Decca is releasing a 7-CD set of the early Abbado recordings on Decca
- The attractive cube features four striking, dynamic portraits of Abbado from the 1970s to the present day.
- The 96-page four-language booklet has an interview with Abbado by journalist Julia Spinola (formerly of the Frankfürter Allgemeine) plus many photos.
Karita Mattila (soprano), Violeta Urmana (mezzo), Thomas Moser (tenor), Thomas Quasthoff (bass-baritone), Marjana Lipovsek (contralto), Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo), Elizabeth Connell (soprano I), Karita Mattila (soprano II), Hans-Peter Blochwitz (tenor)
Orchestra Mozart, Berliner Philharmoniker, Eric Ericsson Chamber Choir, Swedish Radio Choir, Berliner Philharmoniker (Nos. 1 and 3-9), Lucerne Festival Orchestra (No. 2), Wiener Philharmoniker, Ernst-Senff-Chor, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, London Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Chorus, Claudio Abbado
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