Claudio Abbado & Berlin Philharmoniker The Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
Claudio Abbado’s complete recordings with the Berliner Philharmoniker on Deutsche Grammophon
60-CD limited edition original jacket collection
Includes the complete Brahms and Beethoven Symphony Cycles
Includes celebrated collaborations with Martha Argerich, Bryn Terfel, Maurizio Pollini, Evegny Kissin, Roberto Alagna, Christine Schäfer, Alfred Brendel, Viktoria Mullova, Gil Shaham, and Renée Flemming, 130pp booklet (E/D/I) includes new notes from Julia Spinola.
That it was the musicians of the Berliner Philharmoniker themselves who had elected him as chief conductor was of the utmost importance to Abbado. After decades of an unbending rostrum authority like HvK, it was Abbado’s ideal to make “chamber music with the orchestra” – in other words, to listen closely to each other and to respond flexibly. Abbado rejuvenated the orchestra, expanded its repertoire, and eliminated the smooth, unified sound that had crept in during the final years under Karajan. Abbado also opened up programming in a spectacular way. Among Abbado’s beliefs was that the secrets of music should be constantly explored anew, which he did by always shedding light on the lesser known works in a composer’s oeuvre and extant fragments of unknown works.