Claudio Abbado: The Decca Years [7 CDs]

Notes & Reviews:

Italian maestro Claudio Abbado will be 80 on June 26 2013.

Between February 1966 and January 1969 he made a series of 9 LP recordings for Decca. This small legacy already gives clear indications of Abbado's musical sympathies and the range of repertory he was conducting in the concert hall and on record, and which would continue to characterized his future career.

This set brings together Abbado's complete Decca studio recordings for the first time.

Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92 by Ludwig van Beethoven

Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1811-1812; Vienna, Austria
Date of Recording: 05/1966
Venue: Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria

Symphony no 8 in F major, Op. 93 by Ludwig van Beethoven

Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1812; Vienna, Austria
Date of Recording: 11/1968
Venue: Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria

Creatures of Prometheus, Op. 43: Overture by Ludwig van Beethoven

Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1800-1801; Vienna, Austria
Date of Recording: 05/1966
Venue: Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria

Rinaldo, Op. 50 by Johannes Brahms

Performer: James King (Tenor)
Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble: New Philharmonia Orchestra, Ambrosian Chorus
Period: Romantic
Written: 1863-1868; Austria
Date of Recording: 06/1968

Song of Destiny, Op. 54 by Johannes Brahms

Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble: New Philharmonia Orchestra, Ambrosian Chorus
Period: Romantic
Written: 1868-1871; Austria
Date of Recording: 06/1968

Symphony no 1 in C minor, WAB 101 by Anton Bruckner

Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1865/1891; Linz, Austria

Symphony no 3 in A minor, Op. 56 “Scottish” by Felix Mendelssohn

Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1842; Germany
Date of Recording: 1967

Symphony no 4 in A major, Op. 90 “Italian” by Felix Mendelssohn

Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1833; Germany
Date of Recording: 1967

Symphony no 3 in A minor, Op. 56 “Scottish” by Felix Mendelssohn

Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1842; Germany
Date of Recording: 1967

Symphony no 4 in A major, Op. 90 “Italian” by Felix Mendelssohn

Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1833; Germany
Date of Recording: 1967

Romeo and Juliet Suite no 2, Op. 64b: Montagues and Capulets by Sergei Prokofiev

Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1936; Paris, France
Date of Recording: 1966

Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64: Act 1 - Morning Dance by Sergei Prokofiev

Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1935-1936; Paris, France
Date of Recording: 1966

Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64: Act 1 - The quarrel by Sergei Prokofiev

Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1935-1936; Paris, France
Date of Recording: 1966

Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64: Act 1 - The fight by Sergei Prokofiev

Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1935-1936; Paris, France
Date of Recording: 1966

Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64: Act 2 - Dance with the mandolins by Sergei Prokofiev

Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1935-1936; Paris, France
Date of Recording: 1966

Romeo and Juliet Suite no 3, Op. 101: no 5, Aubade by Sergei Prokofiev

Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1946; USSR
Date of Recording: 1966

Romeo and Juliet Suite no 2, Op. 64b: Dance of the maids with lilies by Sergei Prokofiev

Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1936; Paris, France
Date of Recording: 1966

Romeo and Juliet Suite no 1, Op. 64a: no 7, Death of Tybalt by Sergei Prokofiev

Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1936; Paris, France
Date of Recording: 1966

Chout: Suite, Op. 21a by Sergei Prokofiev

Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1920; USA
Date of Recording: 1966

Sinfonietta by Leos Janácek

Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1926; Brno, Czech Republic

Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber by Paul Hindemith

Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1943; USA

Symphony no 3 in C minor, Op. 44 by Sergei Prokofiev

Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1928; Paris, France

Symphony no 1 in D major, Op. 25 “Classical” by Sergei Prokofiev

Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1916-1917; Russia

Nabucco: Sperate, o figli...D’Egitto la sui lidi...Come notte by Giuseppe Verdi

Performer: Leslie Fyson (Tenor), Nicolai Ghiaurov (Bass)
Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra, Ambrosian Singers
Period: Romantic
Written: 1842; Italy
Date of Recording: 01/1969
Venue: Kingsway Hall, London, England
Length: 13 Minutes 7 Secs.
Language: Italian
Notes: This selection begins with “Gli arredi festivi...”

Nabucco: Va, pensiero by Giuseppe Verdi

Performer: Nicolai Ghiaurov (Bass)
Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra, Ambrosian Singers
Period: Romantic
Written: 1842; Italy
Date of Recording: 01/1969
Venue: Kingsway Hall, London, England
Length: 9 Minutes 13 Secs.
Language: Italian

Nabucco: O chi piangi...Del futuro nel bujo discerno by Giuseppe Verdi

Performer: Nicolai Ghiaurov (Bass)
Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra, Ambrosian Singers
Period: Romantic
Written: 1842; Italy
Date of Recording: 01/1969
Venue: Kingsway Hall, London, England
Length: 9 Minutes 13 Secs.
Language: Italian

Macbeth: Chi v’impose unirvi a noi by Giuseppe Verdi

Performer: Nicolai Ghiaurov (Bass)
Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra, Ambrosian Singers
Period: Romantic
Written: 1847/1865; Italy
Date of Recording: 01/1969
Venue: Kingsway Hall, London, England
Length: 8 Minutes 10 Secs.
Language: Italian

Macbeth: Come dal ciel precipita by Giuseppe Verdi

Performer: Nicolai Ghiaurov (Bass)
Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra, Ambrosian Singers
Period: Romantic
Written: 1847/1865; Italy
Date of Recording: 01/1969
Venue: Kingsway Hall, London, England
Length: 8 Minutes 10 Secs.
Language: Italian

I vespri siciliani: O patria, o cara patria by Giuseppe Verdi

Performer: Nicolai Ghiaurov (Bass)
Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra, Ambrosian Singers
Period: Romantic
Written: 1855; Italy
Date of Recording: 01/1969
Venue: Kingsway Hall, London, England
Length: 8 Minutes 13 Secs.
Language: Italian

I vespri siciliani: O tu, Palermo by Giuseppe Verdi

Performer: Nicolai Ghiaurov (Bass)
Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra, Ambrosian Singers
Period: Romantic
Written: 1855; Italy
Date of Recording: 01/1969
Venue: Kingsway Hall, London, England
Length: 8 Minutes 13 Secs.
Language: Italian

Simon Boccanegra: Il lacerato spirito by Giuseppe Verdi

Performer: Nicolai Ghiaurov (Bass)
Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1857; Italy
Date of Recording: 01/1969
Venue: Kingsway Hall, London, England
Length: 6 Minutes 16 Secs.
Language: Italian
Notes: This selection is begins with “A te l’estremo”



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