Abbado in Berlin – The First Year

The new chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker

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The votes had been tallied and the decision made: Claudio Abbado was to be the new principal conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker. The year was 1989, and, for the first time in its more than 100-year history, the orchestra had decided for itself who its next leader would be. The result was a surprise for the music world – and for Abbado himself!

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