Daniele Gatti conducts a memorial concert for Claudio Abbado

Yesterday evening, at the Dresden Music Festival and webcast live on medici.tv, Daniele Gatti was conducting a memorial concert for Claudio Abbado. Last January, his departure saddened us all, leaving the whole musical world very lonely. At the beginning of the year, in an interview given by Massimo Biscardi (former artistic consultant to the Orchestra Mozart) for The Economist, this latter declared that Claudio Abbado “was a great mentor to younger conductors like Gustavo Dudamel, Daniel Harding and Daniele Gatti.” Yesterday, performing alongside the conductor, was the great mezzo-soprano Waltraud Meier, singing among other songs the ‘Urlicht’ (from Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony), that she had recorded in 1994 in a reference version with Claudio Abbado; and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, a world-renowned orchestra founded with the support of the very much lamented conductor. Mahler was, without any doubt, one of Claudio Abbado’s favourite composers. And so, this month, we also suggest you a selection of works shedding light on how influenced by Wagner’s works Mahler was. Both were keen on orchestras of gargantuan proportions, with many brass instruments, as well as long silences and long-held melody tones, chromaticism… Later this month, enjoy for the third year in a row the Flâneries Musicales de Reims and its concerts of young talents (very recently, true stars were revealed there, such as Beatrice Rana and Edgar Moreau), a rare opera by Rossini, and aThird Symphony by Mahler (yes, still him!) conducted by the Bolshoi’s new musical director Tugan Sokhiev, in Toulouse. Last, but definitely not least, on July 6th, while the entire world will be keeping their eyes riveted on Brazil, medici.tv will be in São Paulo to webcast Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 conducted by Marin Alsop, during the World Cup.

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