Legendary Beethoven Symphonies – Abbado & the Berliner Philharmoniker
Moments of Magic in Rome
The 2001 performance of Beethoven's nine symphonies in Rome by the Berliner Philharmoniker and its principal conductor at the time, Claudio Abbado, remains one of the greatest magical moments in the last decades. Towards the end of his tenure, Abbado, who had recovered from a serious illness, contrasted the world-renowned interpretation of his predecessor Herbert von Karajan with one of his own, characterised by brisk tempi, transparency and dramaturgical sovereignty. The fact that Abbado brings these summit works of Viennese Classicism to life with the Berlin orchestra in his native Italy beautifully illustrates the European spirit that animated the great conductor throughout his life.
- Karita Mattila (Soprano), Thomas Moser (Tenor), Eike Wilm Schulte (Bass), Violeta Urmana (Alto)
- Berliner Philharmoniker, Swedish Radio Choir, Eric Ericson Chamber Choir
- Claudio Abbado