Final Recording.


Claudio Abbado conducts Brahms, Schoenberg and Beethoven

With the musicians that he loved, the late Claudio Abbado opened for the final time the LUCERNE FESTIVAL in the summer of 2013. Only a few months later, the world had to bid farewell to an orchestra founder, an outstanding artist, and a great conductor.

The program on this final concert included the following:


  • Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 ‘Eroica’


  • Tragic Overture, Op. 81


  • Lied der Waldtaube (from Gurrelieder), with Mihoko Fujimura (alto)
  • Orchestral Interlude (from Gurrelieder)

Performed by the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Claudio Abbado conducting.

This concert itself, documented on this DVD, surely included a moment of farewell. The slow movement of the Eroica Symphony is the well-known funeral march, which in a sense allows us to say farewell, too.

This last audio-visual DVD of his work captures once again the extraordinary atmosphere that always emerged when Maestro Abbado created music with his “orchestra of friends”.

Here is the late Claudio Abbado in a rehearsal with the Lucerne Orchestra:



And next, here is Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 “Eroica” with Claudio Abbado conducting the Berliner Philharmoniker:



Tags: Claudio Abbado, Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Beethoven, Schoenberg, Brahms