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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