Claudio Abbado conducts Mussorgsky, Stravinsky, and Tchaikovsky

Berliner Philharmoniker

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In Tokyo's magnificent Suntory Hall, a venue Herbert von Karajan once described as a "jewel box of sound," the Berliner Philharmoniker show off the hall's shimmering acoustics in a full treasure trove of musical gems. Presented for our admiration are Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain, Stravinsky's Firebird Suite, and Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony—with the evening's true crown jewel at the podium: the legendary Claudio Abbado, who followed Karajan's 35-year reign as principal conductor with an impeccable 13-year run of his own, leading one of the world's finest orchestras with exquisite refinement. Relive one of the most essential moments of the Italian maestro's career, his lauded 1994 tour in Japan!

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