Claudio Abbado conducts Beethoven's Symphony No. 9

Berliner Philharmoniker

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Eric Ericson Chamber Choir

Berliner Philharmoniker

Claudio Abbado — Conductor

Karita Mattila — Soprano

Violeta Urmana — Soprano

Thomas Moser — Tenor

Eike Wilm Schulte — Baritone

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"With Beethoven, you never stop learning..."

...states Claudio Abbado who has constantly reworked the symphonies of the master from Bonn (1770-1827). Although he was the director of the Scala in Milan for fifteen years, which earned him a reputation as an outstanding opera conductor, he has also been familiar with the German and Viennese repertoires since he studied with Hans Swarowsky in Vienna. In the Austrian capital, another essential experience for him was singing in choruses, which meant rehearsals with the great conductors of the time, Bruno Walter, George Szell and Herbert von Karajan.

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