The musical secrets of Claudio Abbado

The musical secrets of Claudio Abbado


norman lebrecht

January 20, 2014

I have written a musical appreciation of the late maestro for Sinfini, based on a professional acquaintance that goes back more than 30 years. You can read it here.

Claudio Abbado


Photo: Claudio Abbado at la Salle Pleyel, Paris, 20 October 2010.

© Fred Toulet/Leemage/Lebrecht

Further appreciation here.


  • Oliver says:

    You say “The performance that springs instantly to my mind is the concert that opened his tenure in Berlin. It was Brahms’s First Symphony”.

    That’s not correct. It was a programme of Rihm, Schubert, and, in the second half, Mahler 1.

    See here:

  • Oliver says:

    According to the BPO concert archive, which you can access here, Abbado conducted two programmes with the orchestra in the 89/90 season. Neither contained Brahms. The site says the listing is comprehensive.

    • MacroV says:

      Well, there’s a recording of Brahms 1 from quite early in his tenure, so presumably a performance. Fabulous recording, BTW.