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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | January 20, 2014
The news overnight that Claudio Abbado has died is deeply affecting. The Italian conductor was responsible for some of the most sublime music-making of our time. We are fortunate that so much of it was recorded and filmed, a treasury of inspiration that will be much valued as long as people care about the art form. Mr. Abbado, who held top posts with La Scala, the Berlin Philharmonic, the London Symphony and several others, died "serenely" at the age of 80 in his home in Bologna, according to news reports.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | January 20, 2014
The news overnight that Claudio Abbado has died is deeply affecting. The Italian conductor was responsible for some of the most sublime music-making of our time. We are fortunate that so much of it was recorded and filmed, a treasury of inspiration that will be much valued as long as people care about the art form. Mr. Abbado, who held top posts with La Scala, the Berlin Philharmonic, the London Symphony and several others, died "serenely" at the age of 80 in his home in Bologna, according to news reports.
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,Sun Music Critic | August 13, 1995
Arnold Schoenberg, "Gurrelieder," performed by Siegfried Jerusalem (Waldemar), Sharon Sweet (Tove), Marjana Lipovsek (Wood Dove), Harmut Welker (Peasant), Philip Langridge (Klaus the Jester), Barbara Sukowa (Speaker), Vienna State Opera Choir, Arnold Schoenberg Choir, Slovak Philharmonic Choir, the Vienna Philharmonic, Claudio Abbado conducting (Deutsche Grammophon 439 944-2).On the heels of his splendid recording of Mahler's Symphony No. 8 ("Symphony of a Thousand") comes Claudio Abbado's equally fine "Gurrelieder."
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | October 18, 1999
The complaint that nothing is as good as it used to be doesn't hold water when it comes to the Berlin Philharmonic. The German orchestra, which performed Saturday at the Kennedy Center in the Washington Performing Arts Series, is not merely as good, it's even better than it used to be.First, let's dispense with the myth that Claudio Abbado, who conducted the program of Beethoven, Dvorak and Wolfgang Rihm and who completes his tenure as the orchestra's music...
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | October 18, 1999
The complaint that nothing is as good as it used to be doesn't hold water when it comes to the Berlin Philharmonic. The German orchestra, which performed Saturday at the Kennedy Center in the Washington Performing Arts Series, is not merely as good, it's even better than it used to be.First, let's dispense with the myth that Claudio Abbado, who conducted the program of Beethoven, Dvorak and Wolfgang Rihm and who completes his tenure as the orchestra's music...
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,Sun Music Critic | July 16, 1995
Gustav Mahler, Symphony No. 8, Claudio Abbado conducting the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, soloists Cheryl Studer, Sylvia McNair, Andrea Rost, Anne Sofie von Otter, Rosemarie Lang, Peter Seiffert, Bryn Terfel, Jan-Hendrik Rootering and the choruses of Radio Berlin, the Prague Philharmonic and the Tolzer Boys Choir (Deutsche Grammophon 445 843-2)Claudio Abbado made his reputation as a Mahler conductor several years ago in a superb cycle for this label of the nine symphonies with the orchestras of London, Chicago and Vienna.
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | August 25, 1996
Bruckner, Symphony No. 5, performed by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Claudio Abbado conducting (Deutsche Grammophon 445 879-2).*Bruckner, Symphony No. 5, performed by the Vienna Philharmonic, Wilhelm Furtwangler conducting (EMI Classics 5 65750 2).*Bruckner, Symphony No. 6, performed by the NDR Symphony Orchestra, Gunter Wand conducting (BMG Classics 60361-2-RC).There's plenty of rubbish about the symphonies of Anton Bruckner and Gustav Mahler and, according to one piece of nonsense, conductors who are successful interpreters of one composer are usually less successful with the other.
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By Donal Henahan and Donal Henahan,New York Times News Service | October 31, 1990
When Leonard Bernstein was named music director of the New York Philharmonic in 1958, many optimistic observers saw the 40-year-old conductor's appointment as the dawn following a long night.At last, an American-born and American-trained musician stood at the head of one of the nation's five greatest orchestras.Here was a living, often leaping, testimonial to the worth of native conductors and to the growing sophistication of symphony trustees who in the past had looked exclusively to foreign shores for leaders.
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,Music Critic | October 31, 1993
"Pirate" recordings appeal to our outlaw instincts. It's the chance to hear great artists, sometimes in repertory they have never recorded commercially, when they weren't aware they were being miked for posterity. Exclusive, a new pirate label presumably of Italian origins and distributed by Koch International, has several new CDs that offer transcripts of radio broadcasts by Maurizio Pollini and Martha Argerich in works identified with these great pianists but which they have not recorded.
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September 15, 1996
Michael Figures, 48, president pro tem of the Alabama Senate, died Friday in Mobile after surgery on an aneurysm. A Mobile Democrat, he was the second-ranking member of the state Senate to which he was elected in 1978. He founded the Alabama New South Coalition in the 1980s to promote liberal causes and candidates.Eleazar de Carvalho, 84, a conductor who taught maestros Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa and Claudio Abbado, died of cancer Thursday in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Carvalho made his overseas debut conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1957 and has conducted the orchestras of Berlin and Vienna.
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | August 25, 1996
Bruckner, Symphony No. 5, performed by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Claudio Abbado conducting (Deutsche Grammophon 445 879-2).*Bruckner, Symphony No. 5, performed by the Vienna Philharmonic, Wilhelm Furtwangler conducting (EMI Classics 5 65750 2).*Bruckner, Symphony No. 6, performed by the NDR Symphony Orchestra, Gunter Wand conducting (BMG Classics 60361-2-RC).There's plenty of rubbish about the symphonies of Anton Bruckner and Gustav Mahler and, according to one piece of nonsense, conductors who are successful interpreters of one composer are usually less successful with the other.
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,Sun Music Critic | August 13, 1995
Arnold Schoenberg, "Gurrelieder," performed by Siegfried Jerusalem (Waldemar), Sharon Sweet (Tove), Marjana Lipovsek (Wood Dove), Harmut Welker (Peasant), Philip Langridge (Klaus the Jester), Barbara Sukowa (Speaker), Vienna State Opera Choir, Arnold Schoenberg Choir, Slovak Philharmonic Choir, the Vienna Philharmonic, Claudio Abbado conducting (Deutsche Grammophon 439 944-2).On the heels of his splendid recording of Mahler's Symphony No. 8 ("Symphony of a Thousand") comes Claudio Abbado's equally fine "Gurrelieder."
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,Sun Music Critic | July 16, 1995
Gustav Mahler, Symphony No. 8, Claudio Abbado conducting the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, soloists Cheryl Studer, Sylvia McNair, Andrea Rost, Anne Sofie von Otter, Rosemarie Lang, Peter Seiffert, Bryn Terfel, Jan-Hendrik Rootering and the choruses of Radio Berlin, the Prague Philharmonic and the Tolzer Boys Choir (Deutsche Grammophon 445 843-2)Claudio Abbado made his reputation as a Mahler conductor several years ago in a superb cycle for this label of the nine symphonies with the orchestras of London, Chicago and Vienna.
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,Music Critic | October 31, 1993
"Pirate" recordings appeal to our outlaw instincts. It's the chance to hear great artists, sometimes in repertory they have never recorded commercially, when they weren't aware they were being miked for posterity. Exclusive, a new pirate label presumably of Italian origins and distributed by Koch International, has several new CDs that offer transcripts of radio broadcasts by Maurizio Pollini and Martha Argerich in works identified with these great pianists but which they have not recorded.
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By Donal Henahan and Donal Henahan,New York Times News Service | October 31, 1990
When Leonard Bernstein was named music director of the New York Philharmonic in 1958, many optimistic observers saw the 40-year-old conductor's appointment as the dawn following a long night.At last, an American-born and American-trained musician stood at the head of one of the nation's five greatest orchestras.Here was a living, often leaping, testimonial to the worth of native conductors and to the growing sophistication of symphony trustees who in the past had looked exclusively to foreign shores for leaders.
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April 21, 2007
CARLO MARIA BADINI, 81 Headed La Scala Carlo Maria Badini, a former superintendent of Milan's La Scala who scandalized opera buffs by introducing commercial activities to save the storied theater from financial difficulties, died in his native Bologna on Thursday, La Scala said in a statement. The current superintendent, Stephane Lissner, led a minute of silence at the theater before a Thursday evening performance of Francesco Cilea's Adriana Lecouvreur. In the statement, La Scala praised Mr. Badini's "human and pragmatic vein" and said it "remembers with affection the man who guided it with honesty and rigor for 13 years."
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Sun Staff Writer | June 17, 1995
Maryland Public Television will stage a one-day "mini pledge drive" tomorrow, with special programming and membership solicitation breaks, to make budgetary ends meet for the fiscal year ending June 30.Pledge phone lines will be open from noon to midnight, and programming during those hours includes encore presentations that are among the most requested in the PBS repertoire, said Barry Freidly, MPT director of development.No dollar goal has been set for the drive. Officials noted that MPT staged a similar three-day drive last summer.
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