Voices from Russia

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Italian Conductor Claudio Abbado Dies at 80

00 Claudio Abbado. 22.10.14

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Editor’s Note:

I’ve always been a fan of Claudio Abbado. He took a deep interest in Russian music, and was one of the finest interpreters of the genre. I think that his recordings of the Tchaikovsky Symphonies are close to being definitive. Oh, yes… Signore Abbado was a leftist… an Italian Communist who believed in equal chances for all, regardless of financial standing. We’ll miss him…

Вечная ему память… May his memory be eternal…

BMD

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A close collaborator told AFP that Italian conductor Claudio Abbado, whose stellar career took him from La Scala to the Berlin Philharmonic to the Vienna Staatsoper died on Monday at the age of 80. A tearful Attilia Giuliani, head of the Abbadiani fan club, who first met Abbado in 1988 at the Teatro di San Carlo in Napoli, said, “I found out half an hour ago from his personal doctor. This is such a painful moment. I can’t speak”. Abbado was one of the most outstanding conductors of his time; he headed La Scala for 15 years and was artistic director at the Vienna Philharmonic and the Berlin Philharmonic orchestras. Abbado, who’d been ill for several years, was far from the stereotype of tyrannical maestros and made hundreds of recordings, spanning from Italy’s lyrical repertoire to classical music of the 20th century. Italian President Giorgio Napolitano appointed Abbado Senator for Life last year and gave over his salary for scholarships for young musicians. Lately, he’d cancelled several recent performances and appearances.

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Born on 26 June 1933 in Milano in a musical family, Abbado began his studies in his hometown and completed his training with Hans Swarowsky in Vienna from 1957 at the start of a long love story with Austria. Abbado was a convinced European and global citizen. The maestro started out at La Scala in 1960, where he won accolades for his performance of Giacomo Manzoni‘s opera Atomtod in 1965 and he served as musical director of the celebrated theatre until 1986. Abbado was a leftist and gave concerts in factories and schools, trying to open up the classical music world. From 1971, he also became a regular at the Vienna Philharmonic and he conducted the London Symphony Orchestra between 1979 and 1988, where critics praised his concerts of his favourite composer Gustav Mahler. He was also musical director of the Vienna Staatsoper between 1986 and 1991, where he received the prestigious title of musical director general of the Austrian capital, “Generalmusikdirektor“. The members of the Berlin Philharmonic elected him their head in October 1989 after the death of Herbert von Karajan; he established an excellent rapport with the orchestra, where he worked until 2002. He used to say, “I’m not their boss, we work together”.

20 January 2014

Voice of Russia World Service

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_01_20/Italian-conductor-Claudio-Abbado-dies-aged-80-5631/

 

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Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Maestro Valery Gergiev Fetes His 60th Birthday with Carnegie Hall Concerts

00 Valery Gergiev. 27.08.13

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Entertainment media reported that maestro Valery Gergiev would celebrate his 60th birthday at Carnegie Hall in New York this October with three concerts featuring music of Stravinsky, Shostakovich, and Rachmaninoff. Broadway World.com reported on Monday that Gergiev, who’s also marking his 25th year with the legendary Mariinsky Orchestra, will conduct an all-Stravinsky program on 10 October, featuring the composer’s famous ballet music from L’oiseau de feu (The Firebird), Pétrouchka, and Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring). On 11 October, Gergiev will conduct a performance of a Shostakovich concerto and the composer’s Symphony No. 8 in C minor, opus 65, followed by the Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances, opus 45 and a piano concerto on 15 October. The Mariinsky is one of the oldest orchestras in Russia, having premièred works by Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, and Shostakovich, just to name a few. Gergiev first conducted the orchestra in 1978; since becoming Artistic and General Director in 1996, he’s toured with the ensemble to more than 45 countries. winning acclaim for widely expanding its repertoire.

27 August 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/russia/20130827/182998034/Gergiev-Fetes-60th-Birthday-With-Carnegie-Concerts.html

Sunday, 2 December 2012

2 December 2012. A Smile from the Russian Web. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum…

00 Banfff National Park. AB Canada. 02.12.12

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Those of us “of a certain age” remember the great comedian Zero Mostel. His greatest roles, arguably, were as Tevye the shtetl milkman in Fiddler on the Roof, and as Pseudolus the slave in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, a rollicking satire on modern mores set in Ancient Rome. Mostel was blacklisted in the fifties… wingnuts want to bring that ugly practise back. Mostel refused to suck up to the HUAC by giving them names; he refused to answer any question that might incriminate him (a direct refusal to name names would’ve allowed the HUAC to find him in contempt). That took balls and guts… and he paid the price. This “funny” is my tribute to a courageous (and funny) man… Zero woulda liked it. Rest in peace…

BMD

 

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