Abbado Rediscovered: Schubert - Symphonies 5 & 8
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Label: Deutsche Grammophon
Cat No: 4835620
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 16th November 2018
WorksSymphony no.5 in B flat major, D485
Symphony no.8 in B minor, D759 'Unfinished'
Claudio Abbado’s long association with the Wiener Philharmoniker began when he first conducted the orchestra at Herbert von Karajan’s invitation in 1965. The orchestra was so impressed by what the young music director from La Scala achieved that they immediately invited him to conduct one of their subscription concerts in the season after next in the city’s Musikverein.
The programme included Schubert’s “Unfinished” and Fifth Symphonies. Austrian Radio recorded the concert on the morning of Whit Monday, 31 May 1971, but the recording lay untouched in the corporation’s archives until now.
Now, nearly fifty years later, this recording allows us to rediscover the maestro as we would rediscover a Vermeer with every fresh viewing.
Includes a 20-page booklet (De, En, It) featuring a new essay from Wolfgang Stähr; an appreciation from Prof. Dr. Clemens Hellsberg, chairman of the Wiener Philharmoniker 1997–2017 and violinist with the orchestra 1976–2016; plus a reproduction of the original programme.
“The meaning of each individual note and of the pause and silence between the notes – it was this that Abbado, by his own admission, sought in Schubert’s music.” – Wolfgang Stähr
“Claudio Abbado graced us with a whole series of wonderful moments by dint of his ability to abandon himself to the music.” – Prof. Dr. Clemens Hellsberg
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