October 25, 1998 |
Listening to these suave readings, it is hard to believe that these concertos were ever considered difficult for either fiddlers or public. This is almost a case of playing that is too good to be true to the character of the music. Midori is refined and technically immaculate and Abbado and his Berliners are patrician in support--the resources of this team are truly awesome and everywhere evident.
September 6, 1990 |
About Abbado: Italian maestro Claudio Abbado, in West Berlin on Tuesday, led the Berlin Philharmonic in a rehearsal just hours before formally becoming leader of the world-famed orchestra. Abbado, 57, was picked in October to succeed Herbert von Karajan, who died in July, 1989. Abbado arranged to sign his seven-year contract late Tuesday. The terms provided for automatic renewal until 2002.
September 5, 1990 |
Italian maestro Claudio Abbado has signed a seven-year contract with the Berlin Philharmonic, succeeding the late Herbert von Karajan. Abbado, 57, was picked last October by orchestra members to succeed Von Karajan, who died in July, 1989. Orchestra spokesman Helge Gruenewald declined to say how much Abbado will be paid under the contract signed Tuesday, but the newspaper Der Tagesspiegel said the maestro will receive salary and benefits totaling $500,000 a year.
October 11, 1991 |
Abbado Out: Claudio Abbado resigned as music director of the Vienna State Opera on Thursday for what he termed health reasons. He did not specify the nature of the problems in his letter of resignation to opera director Eberhard Waechter. There have been rumors of disagreements between Waechter and Abbado, and some people familiar with the workings of the orchestra suggested that might have contributed to the resignation.
October 23, 2003 |
Prince Hitachi of Japan will present awards to architect Rem Koolhaas, director Ken Loach, sculptor Mario Merz, painter Bridget Riley and conductor Claudio Abbado at a ceremony in Tokyo today. The Praemium Imperiale international art award, which comes with a diploma, a gold medal and $125,000, rewards extraordinary achievements in the arts. An international jury nominates the candidates and the winners are selected by the Japan Art Assn.
April 7, 2009 |
Milan will be greener next year thanks to Mahler and Claudio Abbado. It may have been internal opera politics that ultimately drove the great Italian conductor out of La Scala, where he served as music director from 1968 to 1986, but Abbado -- along with his left-wing Milanese pals pianist Maurizio Pollini and the late Marxist composer Luigi Nono -- was always controversial in the larger political arena as well. Variety reports that after a 23-year self-imposed absence, Abbado finally agreed to return to La Scala and conduct two Mahler symphonies only if the city plants 90,000 trees.