Claudio Abbado & Wiener Philharmoniker - Complete Recordings on DG (58CD)

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RELEASE DATE: 20/03/2020
ADDITIONAL ARTISTS: Wiener Philharmoniker
58 CD
  • Claudio Abbado’s complete recordings with the Wiener Philharmoniker on Deutsche Grammophon
  • 58-CD limited edition
  • Includes celebrated collaborations with with Maurizio Pollini, Nathan Milstein, Friedrich Gulda, Cecilia Bartoli, Frederica von Stade, Bo Skovhus, Gundula Janowitz, Siegfried Jerusalem, Anne Sofie von Otter, Maria João Pires…
  • 116pp booklet (E/D/I) includes new notes from Silvia Kargl, of the Historical Archives of the Wiener Philharmoniker, and Friedemann Pestel , of the Department of History at Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, prefaced by an introduction from Prof. Dr. Clemens Hellsberg, Chairman of the Wiener Philharmoniker 1997–2017 and violinist with the orchestra 1976–2016


Abbado’s long and venerable association with the Wiener Philharmoniker began when he first conducted the orchestra at Karajan’s invitation at the 1965 Salzburg Festival – and how! “We gave a concert with Claudio Abbado and found in him a future hope,” recalls violinist Otto Strasser, the orchestra’s long-time Chairman. Not lacking in self-confidence, Abbado chose Mahler’s Second Symphony for his Salzburg debut proving himself worthy of taking his place in the great tradition of the orchestra’s leading Mahler conductors – namely, Bruno Walter, Mitropoulos and Kubelík. The orchestra was so impressed by what the young music director from La Scala achieved that they invited him back to conduct Beethoven and later Brahms. It was not long before Abbado became one of the orchestra’s foremost Beethoven interpreters.

While Abbado had a special affinity for Mozart and while Bruckner’s symphonies occupy a special place in his career, Abbado extended the direction of the orchestra’s core repertory in the direction of the 20 th Century – indeed no other conductor who has worked with the Wiener Philharmoniker has engaged with the music of the Second Viennese School as intensively as Abbado.

As an opera conductor, Abbado made his Wiener Philharmoniker debut at the 1968 Salzburg Festival with Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia. Many of the productions that Abbado conducted during his tenure as Director of the Wiener Staatsoper have gone down in the annals of opera – among them, the present recordings of Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande, Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Rossini’sL’italiana in Algeri, Wagner’s Lohengrin. And finally, no survey of Abbado’s work with the Wiener Philharmoniker can fail to include his two New Year Concerts in 1988 and 1991. Here – casting a sideways glance at the world of opera – Abbado supplemented the traditional works by members of the Strauß dynasty and by their immediate contemporaries with pieces by Emil Nikolaus von Reznicek as well as by Mozart and Schubert.

CD1 Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2
CD2 Symphony No. 3 “Eroica”
CD3 Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5
CD4 Symphony No. 6 “Pastoral” · Meerestille und glückliche Fahrt · Choral Fantasy
Pollini · Lechner · Eder · Pita · Esders
CD5 Symphonies Nos. 7 and 8 (rec. 1987)
CD6 Symphony No. 9 “Choral”
Beňačková · Lipovšek · Winbergh · Prey
CD7 Overtures: Geschöpfe des Prometheus · Egmont · Coriolan · Die Ruinen von Athen
CD8 Overtures: Fidelio · Leonore I–III
CD9 Symphonies Nos. 7 and 8 (rec. 1966, 1968) · Overture “Geschöpfe des Prometheus”

CD10 7 Early Songs · Der Wein · 3 Orchestral Pieces op. 6
von Otter
CD11 Altenberg Lieder · 3 Pieces from the “Lyric Suite” · Lulu-Suite
CD12-13 Wozzeck
Grundheber · Raffeiner · Langridge · Zednik · Behrens etc.
CD14 Symphony No. 1
CD15 Piano Concerto No. 2
CD16 21 Hungarian Dances

CD17 Symphony No. 1 (rec. 1996)
CD18 Symphony No. 4
CD19 Symphony No. 5
CD20 Symphony No. 7
CD21 Symphony No. 9
CD22 Symphony No. 1 (rec. 1969)

CD23-24 DEBUSSY Pelléas et Mélisande
Ewing · van Dam · Courtis · Ludwig etc.

CD25-26 Symphony No. 10 (Adagio) · Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection”
Studer · Meier
CD27-28 Symphony No. 3
CD29 Symphony No. 4
von Stade
CD30 Symphony No. 9

CD31 Piano Concertos Nos. 14 and 26 “Coronation”
CD32 Piano Concertos Nos. 20 and 21
CD33 Piano Concertos Nos. 25 and 27
CD34 Missa solemnis “Waisenhaus” K 139
Janowitz · von Stade · Ochman · Moll
CD35-37 Le nozze di Figaro
Skovhus· Studer · McNair · Gallo · Bartoli etc.

CD38-40 MUSSORGSKY Khovanshchina
Haugland · Atlantov · Popov · Kotscherga etc.

CD41-42 ROSSINI L’Italiana in Algeri
Raimondi · Pace · Gonda · Corbelli etc.

CD43-44 SCHOENBERG Gurre-Lieder
Jerusalem · Sweet · Lipovšek · Welker · Langridge · Sukowa

CD45 Symphonies Nos. 5 and “Unfinished”
CD46 Mass No. 6 D 950
Mattila · Lipovšek · Hadley · Pita · Holl

CD47 J. STRAUSS and FAMILY New Year’s Concert 1988
CD48 J. STRAUSS and FAMILY New Year’s Concert 1991

CD49 Symphony No. 4
CD50 Symphony No. 6 “Pathétique”


CD52-53 VERDI Messa da Requiem · Quattro Pezzi sacri
Studer · Lipovšek · Carreras · Raimondi

CD55-56 WAGNER Lohengrin
Moll · Jerusalem · Studer · Welker · Meier etc.

CD57 WEBERN Fuga (Ricercata No. 2) a 6 voci · Passacaglia op. 1 · Pieces for Orchestra opp. 6 and 20 · Variations op. 30
SCHOENBERG A Survivor from Warsaw

Works by Rihm, Ligeti, Nono, Boulez
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