Etienne Abelin, a member of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, has sent us this moving reminiscence:
Half a year ago, Claudio Abbado passed away. He was a mentor for me and countless others. There’s not a day that I don’t think of him and I keep being inspired by his deeply human music making, always. His son Misha, an extraordinary young jazz bass player and composer just posted this moving piece of his, written for Claudio, here in a string sextet performance by Misha’s mother, Victoria Mullova and Orchestra Mozart Bologna friends, on January 22 2014, two days after Claudio’s death. I’m happy to share it with Misha’s permission.