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Claudio Abbado

Famous conductor and musician, Claudio Abbado was internationally known for serving up a repertoire of music from the poetry of Holderlin, the legend of Faust or works that depict German drama. He conducted several orchestras worldwide and received numerous awards for his masterful genius. His works include Mendelsshon's Midsummer Night's Dream and Robert Schumann's Piano Concerto.

Born in Milan, Italy, Abbado made his orchestral debut in 1960 at La Scala in Italy. Because of his command performance, he became La Scala's music director in 1968, a post he served until 1986. In his stint as music director, Abbado conducted traditional Italian works, but also presented one contemporary opera a year. His concert series included works form such greats as Alban Berg and Modest Mussorgsky. A major accomplishment for Abbado at La Scala was the founding of Orchestra della Scala, an orchestra assembled to perform in concert.

Performing with different orchestras, he lent his talents to the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in 1965. One year later he conducted with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. After serving with La Scala for more than 25 years, he was elected as the music director of the Vienna State Opera in 1986, a position he held until 1991. He introduced new productions and founded the festival, Wien Modern. The festival brings together all aspects of contemporary art and takes place annually under the direction of Abbado. In 1987 he was named as General Music Director of the City of Vienna.

Despite his international fame, Abbado took time to mold new and forthcoming musicians. In 1978 he founded and directed the European Community Youth Orchestra, and the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra in 1986. His efforts included a concert at the Berlin Festival in 1992. Together with cellist Natalia Gutman, he brought together young and experienced musicians to perform classical and chamber works.

Abbado received numerous awards for his performances and recordings. He was awarded the Standard Opera Award, the Legion d'Honneur, the Gran Croce and the Bundesverdienstkreuz, the highest honor of the Federal Republic of Germany. For his musical direction, the Vienna Philharmonic honored him with the Ring of Honor in 1973 and the Golden Nicolai Medal in 1980. He held honorary degrees from the universities of Cambridge, Aberdeen, and Ferrara.

Recording under the Sony Classical label, he produced several discs with the Berlin Philharmonic. These include Mozart's Symphonies Nos. 28, 29 and 35, Dvorak's Eighth Symphony, Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony, the 1992 New Year's Eve Concert and a second recording titled Posthorn Serenade, a 1991 Music for Europa concert in Prague. His later projects included Mendelsshon's Midsummer Night's Dream and Italian Symphony, Mussorgsky's St. John's Night on the Bare Mountain and Robert Schumann's Piano Concerto, a work recorded with soloist Murray Perahia.

An orchestral genius, Claudio Abbado performed with several orchestras worldwide, and produced numerous masterful recordings, all the while encouraging young talented musicians by performing with them. ~ Kim Summers
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Track List: Brahms: 21 Hungarian Dances

Title: Hungarian Dances (21) For Orchestra, Woo 1

1. Hungarian Dances (21) For Orchestra, Woo 1: No.01 Allegro Molto In G Minor

2. Hungarian Dances (21) For Orchestra, Woo 1: No.02 Allegro Non Assai In D Minor

3. Hungarian Dances (21) For Orchestra, Woo 1: No.03 Allegretto In F Major

4. Hungarian Dances (21) For Orchestra, Woo 1: No.04 Poco Sostenuto In F Sharp Minor

5. Hungarian Dances (21) For Orchestra, Woo 1: No.05 Allegro In G Minor

6. Hungarian Dances (21) For Orchestra, Woo 1: No.06 Vivace In D Major

7. Hungarian Dances (21) For Orchestra, Woo 1: No.07 Allegretto In F Major

8. Hungarian Dances (21) For Orchestra, Woo 1: No.08 Presto In A Minor

9. Hungarian Dances (21) For Orchestra, Woo 1: No.09 Allegro Non Troppo In E Minor

10. Hungarian Dances (21) For Orchestra, Woo 1: No.10 Presto In F Major

11. Hungarian Dances (21) For Orchestra, Woo 1: No.11 Poco Andante In D Minor

12. Hungarian Dances (21) For Orchestra, Woo 1: No.12 Presto In D Minor

13. Hungarian Dances (21) For Orchestra, Woo 1: No.13 Andantino Grazioso In D Major

14. Hungarian Dances (21) For Orchestra, Woo 1: No.14 Un Poco Andante In D Minor

15. Hungarian Dances (21) For Orchestra, Woo 1: No.15 Allegretto Grazioso In B Flat Major

16. Hungarian Dances (21) For Orchestra, Woo 1: No.16 Con Moto In F Minor

17. Hungarian Dances (21) For Orchestra, Woo 1: No.17 Andantino In F Sharp Minor

18. Hungarian Dances (21) For Orchestra, Woo 1: No.18 Molto Vivace In D Major

19. Hungarian Dances (21) For Orchestra, Woo 1: No.19 Allegretto In B Minor

20. Hungarian Dances (21) For Orchestra, Woo 1: No.20 Poco Allegretto In E Minor

21. Hungarian Dances (21) For Orchestra, Woo 1: No.21 Vivace In E Minor

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Track List: Panorama: Sergey Prokofiev

Disc 1
Title: Symphony No. 1 In D Major ("Classical"), Op. 25
Title: Violin Concerto No. 1 In D Major, Op. 19
Title: Romeo And Juliet, Suite No. 1 For Orchestra, Op. 64 Bis
Title: Romeo And Juliet, Suite No. 2 For Orchestra, Op. 64 Ter
Disc 2
Title: Piano Concerto No. 3 In C Major, Op. 26
Title: Visions Fugitives (20), For Piano, Op. 22
Title: Symphony No. 5 In B Flat Major, Op. 100
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Track List: Prokofiev: Peter And the Wolf/March In B Flat Major/Overture On Hebrew Themes/Classical Symphony

Title: March for military band in B flat major, Op. 99

1. March for military band in B flat major, Op. 99: Allegro

Title: Peter And The Wolf, Children's Tale For Narrator & Orchestra, Op. 67

2. Peter And The Wolf, Children's Tale For Narrator & Orchestra, Op. 67: Let Me Tell You a Story

3. Peter And The Wolf, Children's Tale For Narrator & Orchestra, Op. 67: Early One Morning Peter Opened the Gate... Andantino

4. Peter And The Wolf, Children's Tale For Narrator & Orchestra, Op. 67: On a Branch of a Big Tree Sat a Little Bird, Peter's Friend. Allegro - Andantino, Come Prima

5. Peter And The Wolf, Children's Tale For Narrator & Orchestra, Op. 67: The Duck

6. Peter And The Wolf, Children's Tale For Narrator & Orchestra, Op. 67: The CAt

7. Peter And The Wolf, Children's Tale For Narrator & Orchestra, Op. 67: Grandfather

8. Peter And The Wolf, Children's Tale For Narrator & Orchestra, Op. 67: The Wolf

9. Peter And The Wolf, Children's Tale For Narrator & Orchestra, Op. 67: 'Peter, In The Meantime, Stood Behind The Closed Gate...' Andantino, Come Prima - Vivo - Andante Molto - Vivo - Andante

10. Peter And The Wolf, Children's Tale For Narrator & Orchestra, Op. 67: 'Meanwhile, Peter Made A Lasso With His Rope, Carefully Letting It Down...' Poco Meno Mosso - Moderato (Meno Mosso)

11. Peter And The Wolf, Children's Tale For Narrator & Orchestra, Op. 67: Just Then...out Of The Woods Came The Hunters.

Title: Overture on Hebrew Themes, for orchestra, Op. 34 bis

12. Overture on Hebrew Themes, for orchestra, Op. 34 bis: Overture On Hebrew

Title: Symphony No. 1 In D Major ("Classical"), Op. 25

13. Symphony No. 1 In D Major ("Classical"), Op. 25: I. Allegro

14. Symphony No. 1 In D Major ("Classical"), Op. 25: II. Larghetto

15. Symphony No. 1 In D Major ("Classical"), Op. 25: III. Gavotta: Non Troppo Allegro

16. Symphony No. 1 In D Major ("Classical"), Op. 25: IV. Finale. Molto Vivace

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Track List: Rossini - Il viaggio a Reims / Ricciarelli, Valentini-Terrani, Cuberli, Gasdia, Araiza, E. Gimenez, Nucci, Raimondi, Ramey, Dara; Abbado

Disc 1
Title: Il Viaggio A Reims, Opera

1. Il Viaggio A Reims, Opera: Presto, Presto, Su Coraggio

2. Il Viaggio A Reims, Opera: Benche Grazie Al Mio Talento

3. Il Viaggio A Reims, Opera: Di Vaghi Raggi Adorno

4. Il Viaggio A Reims, Opera: Partire Io Pur Vorrei

5. Il Viaggio A Reims, Opera: Amabil Contessina

6. Il Viaggio A Reims, Opera: Che Accade

7. Il Viaggio A Reims, Opera: Ahime! Sta In Gran Pericolo

8. Il Viaggio A Reims, Opera: Partir, Oh Ciel! Desio

9. Il Viaggio A Reims, Opera: Che Miro! Ah! Qual Sorpressa

10. Il Viaggio A Reims, Opera: Eh! Senti, Mastro Antonio

11. Il Viaggio A Reims, Opera: Si, Di Matti Una Gran Gabbia

12. Il Viaggio A Reims, Opera: La Mia Quota A Voi Consegno

13. Il Viaggio A Reims, Opera: Donna Ingrata

14. Il Viaggio A Reims, Opera: Naturale E L'impazienza

15. Il Viaggio A Reims, Opera: Non Pavento Alcun Periglio

16. Il Viaggio A Reims, Opera: Arpa Gentil

17. Il Viaggio A Reims, Opera: Zitti. Non Canta Piu...simbol Di Pace E Gloria

18. Il Viaggio A Reims, Opera: Gelsomin Non Ritorna

19. Il Viaggio A Reims, Opera: Ah! Perche La Conobbi?...invan Strappar Dal Core

20. Il Viaggio A Reims, Opera: Milord, Una Parola

Disc 2

1. Il Viaggio A Reims, Opera: Sola Ritrovo Alfin La Bella Dea

2. Il Viaggio A Reims, Opera: Nel Suo Divin Sembiante

3. Il Viaggio A Reims, Opera: Bravo Il Signor Ganimede!

4. Il Viaggio A Reims, Opera: Medaglie Incomparabili

5. Il Viaggio A Reims, Opera: Vedeste Il Cavaliere?

6. Il Viaggio A Reims, Opera: Ah! A Tal Colpo Inaspettato

7. Il Viaggio A Reims, Opera: Signor, Ecco Una Lettera

8. Il Viaggio A Reims, Opera: Son Qua, Cosa Comanda?

9. Il Viaggio A Reims, Opera: Di Che Son Reo?; D'alma Celeste, Oh Dio

10. Il Viaggio A Reims, Opera: Madama Qui Mi Manda

11. Il Viaggio A Reims, Opera: Ritornello

12. Il Viaggio A Reims, Opera: Ora, Secondo Gli Usi; Or Che Regna

13. Il Viaggio A Reims, Opera: Altro Da Dir Avrei; Ai Prodi Guerrieri

14. Il Viaggio A Reims, Opera: Libenskof, Tocca A Voi; Onore, Gloria Ed Alto Omaggio

15. Il Viaggio A Reims, Opera: Don Alvaro, Dal Nord Al Mezzogiorno; Omaggio All'augusto Duce

16. Il Viaggio A Reims, Opera: Milord, In Tuon Maggiore; Dell'aurea Pianta

17. Il Viaggio A Reims, Opera: Contessa, Cavaliere, A Voi La Scelta Lascio; Madre Del Nuovo Enrico

18. Il Viaggio A Reims, Opera: Madama, Don Profondo, Voi Terminar Dovete; Piu Vivace E Piu Fecondo

19. Il Viaggio A Reims, Opera: Corinna, Or Tocca A Voi

20. Il Viaggio A Reims, Opera: All'ombra Amena

21. Il Viaggio A Reims, Opera: Viva Il Diletto Augusto Regnator

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Track List: Verdi - Simon Boccanegra / Freni, Cappuccilli, Carreras, Ghiaurov, van Dam, Foiani, Teatro alla Scala, Abbado

Disc 1
Title: Simon Boccanegra, Opera

1. Simon Boccanegra, Opera: I. Preludio - 'Che Dicesti?'

2. Simon Boccanegra, Opera: II. L'altra Magion Vedete?

3. Simon Boccanegra, Opera: III. A Te L'estremo Addio ... Il Lacerato Spirito

4. Simon Boccanegra, Opera: IV. Suona Ogni Labbro Il Mio Nome

5. Simon Boccanegra, Opera: V. Oh, De Fieschi Implacata

6. Simon Boccanegra, Opera: VI. Act 1. Preludio

7. Simon Boccanegra, Opera: VII. Act 1. Come In Quest'ora Bruna

8. Simon Boccanegra, Opera: VIII. Act 1. Cielo Di Stelle Orbato

9. Simon Boccanegra, Opera: IX. Act 1. Propizio Ei Giunge!

10. Simon Boccanegra, Opera: X. Act 1. Il Doge Vien

11. Simon Boccanegra, Opera: XI. Act 1. Orfanella Il Tetto Umile ... Figlia! ... A Tal Nome Io Palpito

12. Simon Boccanegra, Opera: XII. Act 1. Che Rispose

13. Simon Boccanegra, Opera: XIII. Act 1. Messeri, Il Re Di Tartaria VI Porge

14. Simon Boccanegra, Opera: XIV. Act 1. Ferisci! - Amelia!

15. Simon Boccanegra, Opera: XV. Act 1. Amelia, Di Come Fosti Rapita

16. Simon Boccanegra, Opera: XVI. Act 1. Plebe! Patrizi! Popolo .., Piango Su Voi

17. Simon Boccanegra, Opera: XVII. Act 1. Ecco La Spada ... Sia Maladetto!

Disc 2

1. Simon Boccanegra, Opera: XVIII. Act 2. Quei Due Vedesti?

2. Simon Boccanegra, Opera: XIX. Act 2. Prigioneri In Qual Loco M'adduci?

3. Simon Boccanegra, Opera: XX. Act 2. 'Udisti?' - 'Vil Disegno!'

4. Simon Boccanegra, Opera: XXI. Act 2. Tu Qui?' - 'Amelia!

5. Simon Boccanegra, Opera: XXII. Act 2. Figlia! - Si Afflitto, O Padre Mio?

6. Simon Boccanegra, Opera: XXIII. Act 2. Oh! Amelia ... Ami ... Un Nemico ... Perdono, Amelia

7. Simon Boccanegra, Opera: XXIV. Act 2. All'armi, All'armi, O Liguri

8. Simon Boccanegra, Opera: XXV. Act 3. Evviva Il Doge!

9. Simon Boccanegra, Opera: XXVI. Act 3. M'ardon Le Tempia ... Come Un Fantasima Fiesco L'appar

10. Simon Boccanegra, Opera: XXVII. Act 3. Piango, Perche Mi Parla In Te

11. Simon Boccanegra, Opera: XXVIII. Act 3. Chi Veggo!

12. Simon Boccanegra, Opera: XXIX. Act 3. Gran Dio, Li Benedici

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