Gustavo Dudamel dedicates live-TV Berlioz Requiem in Abbado’s memory

Gustavo Dudamel dedicates live-TV Berlioz Requiem in Abbado’s memory


norman lebrecht

January 20, 2014

Gustavo Dudamel will dedicate the January 22 performance of the Berlioz Requiem (with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France) from the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris to the memory of Claudio Abbado.
Dudamel issued the following statement:
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“ Claudio Abbado will always be part of the exalted group of geniuses in the history of  the arts. His endless generosity and love touched me at a very early age and will be always one of the most valuable treasures in my life. It was not only me personally but more importantly our Sistema Nacional de Orquestas Juveniles e Infantiles de Venezuela that he embraced as his family.  He gave to us his sincere love and his profound wisdom. On behalf of my colleagues and of Maestro Abreu, I would like to pay an eternal tribute to our beloved Maestro Abbado, with the faith that his spirit and his inspiration will be always with us. “
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  • Alan says:

    Would Dudamel last 3 seconds in a conducting competition if Mahler was on the panel of judges?

    • aimee says:

      No one can know for sure, but in fact Mahler’s granddaughter Marina Mahler was on the panel of the Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition which he won (and which launched his career) in 2004…

      Vale Claudio Abbado.

    • Edgar Brenn says:

      Please expand

  • Rgiarola says:

    I don’t know Alan, I can just guess about it. However I’m sure He would turn to be a King if Steve Jobs or Bill Gates or any other media darling was on the panel of judges.

  • Rgiarola says:

    I’m sorry people; I was reading Riccardo Muti and Chailly concerns about our lost. I didn’t have time to read other much less important things.

    I think Mr. Lebrecht didn’t have time too, but I’m sure he will include both on this website

    ” MILANO, 20 GEN – ”Da oggi l’Italia è più povera”: così Riccardo Chailly ”


    January 20, 2014

    I am deeply saddened by the loss of a great musician, a man who for many decades has marked history in the world of conducting and musical interpretation for international institutions. His work is an immense testimony to the importance of European and Italian culture around the world. I admire him for the strong courage he showed in the face of a long and terrible illness, and for the seriousness and profundity that characterized his life as a musician and as a Maestro

    Riccardo Muti”

  • Terry van Vliet says:

    Does the question “Would Dudamel last three seconds…” have anything to do with the death of a great artist whom Dudamel clearly respects? Mean-spirited, Alan whoever you are, and utterly insensitive.

  • figarosi says:

    The Wednesday performance of Berlioz’ Requiem at Notre-Dame is at 9:00PM CET on

  • Roger says:

    I have loved Abbado music all my life, and I think he did everything perfect except one thing: supporting Dudamel. I agree with you, we wouldnt last 3 seconds in front of Mahler. All things said, this is a great day of sorrow for the passing away of il maestro.