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Claudio Abbado

Claudio Abbado (Conductor)

Abbado was born in Milan in 1933. He studied piano at the Milan Conservatory with his father Michelangelo Abbado, and went on to study conducting with Hans Swarowsky at the Vienna Academy of Music. In 1958, he won the Koussevitsky Competition, establishing him in Italy. He began working at La Scala in 1960 and remained there as musical director until 1986: his extensive discography includes a series of landmark Verdi recordings with his Milanese forces.

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 Recording of the Week, Claudio Abbado conducts Schubert's "Great" C Major Symphony

James listens to the late Claudio Abbado's account of Schubert's Ninth Symphony with the Orchestra Mozart.

 Recording of the Week, Bruckner Symphonies from Claudio Abbado and Iván Fischer

James enjoys a double-bill of Bruckner symphonies - No. 9 from Claudio Abbado and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, and the Budapest Festival Orchestra's account of No. 7 under Iván Fischer.

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