On the occasion of Claudio Abbado's 80th birthday in June 2013, this special feature offers an inside look into his work with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. Happy Birthday Maestro!
The close connection between the orchestra and its conductor is documented by excerpts from rehearsals and concert recordings as well as personal interviews with the maestro talking about composers, his approach to their works and the collaboration with the orchestra. In this movie you can hear the excerpts from Mozart, Bruckner, Mahler...
Anti-autocratic, profoundly human and supremely musical, Abbado has striven to place music within the wider artistic context as well as championing 20th-century figures from the giants of the Second Viennese School to the leading composers of modern Italy and making his personal exploration of the symphonic world of Mahler.
Photo: Claudio Abbado © Georg Anderhub.
Lucerne Festival in Summer 2010
Lucerne Festival 2009