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 record, 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".
Brahms - Tragic Overture, Op. 81
Schoenberg - Orchestral Interlude and 'Song of the Wood Dove' from Guerre-Lieder
Beethoven - Symphony No. 3 in E flat Major, Op. 55, Eroica
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