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A Fine Idea

Claudio Abbado at the
Lucerne Festival -
heard by
STEPHEN FRANCIS VASTA

'... natural, extroverted musicality ...'

Claudio Abbado - Schubert; Beethoven; Wagner. © 2014 Audite

A memorial tribute to Claudio Abbado, drawn from concert performances — since he left an extensive studio discography — was certainly a fine idea. But this program, drawn from Lucerne Festival performances of 1978 and 1988, isn't it.

The first movement of the Unfinished — which Audite bills, in the modern fashion, as 'No 7'; I'm steering clear of the whole business — is simply poor. The hushed opening paragraphs move along, but to no particular purpose...

Copyright © 3 August 2014 Stephen Francis Vasta,
New York, USA

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CLAUDIO ABBADO - LUCERNE FESTIVAL

CLAUDIO ABBADO

VIENNA PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

CHAMBER ORCHESTRA OF EUROPE

FRANZ SCHUBERT

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN

RICHARD WAGNER

ORCHESTRAL MUSIC

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