Claudio Abbado died yesterday. One of the most important conductors of recent times. Among his repertoire I especially like Mahler's Symphonies. The recording of the Symphony Nr.1 with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (where he supplied Karajan as a Chief) is memorable. I also love Nr.7 conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Today I bring two videos in which you will appreciate the greatness of Mahler and Abbado: on the one hand, strength and intensity in the Symphony Nr. 1 (debut of Abbado as the BPO Chief Conductor) and, on the other hand, delicacy in the Adagietto of the Symphony No. 5 (at the so dear to Abbado Lucerne Festival).
Mahler - Symphony Nr.1 (Abbado + Berlin Phlilarmonic Orchestra)
Mahler - Symphony Nr.5 (Abbado + Lucerne Festival Orchestra)