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More Bad Classical Music News/Abbado cancels NYC appearances

Post by Barry » Thu Sep 06, 2007 3:33 pm

Hopefully this is only temporary and Abbado will be back on the podium at some point. I had been considering getting a ticket to see him conduct Mahler's 3rd at Carnegie next month. It was probably one of the more eagerly-anticipated performances of recent seasons:

Conductor Claudio Abbado Withdraws from Carnegie Hall Season Openers Next Month
By Matthew Westphal
06 Sep 2007

playbillarts.com

Claudio Abbado conducting the Lucerne Festival Orchestra.


Conductor Claudio Abbado has cancelled his appearances with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in New York on October 3, 4 and 6. The highly-anticipated concerts — now-rare U.S. appearances by this revered maestro as well as the orchestra's North American debut — are the opening events of Carnegie Hall's 2007-08 season.

"Unfortunately I have to resign from my commitments within the near future with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra," said Abbado in a prepared statement, "... due to health reasons, as my doctors have advised. It is my wish to return to conducting as soon as possible. I send my best and warmest wishes to my colleagues in the Orchestras and to my colleague directors who will substitute for me."

A replacement conductor will be announced at a later date.

The three concerts — the Opening Night Gala on October 3, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony on October 4 and Mahler's Third Symphony on October 6 — are part of a five-day New York residency by the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, which Abbado founded in 2003. The LFO's musicians will give seven performances in total on all three Carnegie Hall stages, including appearances as the Mahler Chamber Orchestra with Pierre-Laurent Aimard as conductor/piano soloist and in various chamber configurations as well as the three full symphonic programs.

Abbado was diagnosed with stomach cancer in 2000; after undergoing arduous treatment that included the removal of part of his digestive tract, he returned to the podium and completed his tenure as chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic, where he had succeeded Herbert von Karajan. (Abbado's final performances in the post were met with delirious praise.)

Since leaving Berlin, Abbado has maintained a relatively light schedule by star conductor standards, devoting himself primarily to the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra (which forms the nucleus of the LFO) and Orchestra Mozart, a Bologna-based ensemble of young musicians of which he is music director. Among the other performances from which Abbado has withdrawn are a series of concerts this month with Orchestra Mozart at the Bolzano Festival in the Italian Alps.
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Post by karlhenning » Thu Sep 06, 2007 3:35 pm

Barry Z wrote:Hopefully this is only temporary and Abbado will be back on the podium at some point.
Indeed! Every Abbado recording I have is a gem.

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Re: More Bad Classical Music News

Post by Barry » Thu Sep 06, 2007 3:41 pm

karlhenning wrote:
Barry Z wrote:Hopefully this is only temporary and Abbado will be back on the podium at some point.
Indeed! Every Abbado recording I have is a gem.

Cheers,
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I've seen him conduct a couple extremely memorable performances during past visits to NYC with the BPO; including a Mahler 9th that was one of the three or four best performances of anything I've ever been present for, and a spectacularly good Beethoven Pastoral.
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Post by karlhenning » Thu Sep 06, 2007 4:06 pm

A curious tangent, Barry, is that I will hear the Mahler Ninth live at Symphony Hall this season . . . .

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Post by Barry » Thu Sep 06, 2007 4:29 pm

karlhenning wrote:A curious tangent, Barry, is that I will hear the Mahler Ninth live at Symphony Hall this season . . . .

Cheers,
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And I anticipate hearing it live by the BPO at Carnegie again in November; with Rattle conducting this time. It's a great piece to hear in concert when it's well-played. I'm sure you'll enjoy it. Is Levine conducting?
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Post by Heck148 » Thu Sep 06, 2007 10:04 pm

karlhenning wrote:A curious tangent, Barry, is that I will hear the Mahler Ninth live at Symphony Hall this season . . .
Karl -who''s conducting?? Levine??

I might have to score tickerts for that one, when is the series??

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Post by karlhenning » Fri Sep 07, 2007 7:12 am

James Levine, conductor
Christian Tetzlaff, violin

BERG Violin Concerto
MAHLER Symphony No. 9

Thursday, 8 Nov
Friday, 9 Nov
Saturday, 10 Nov


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Post by Heck148 » Fri Sep 07, 2007 7:44 am

karlhenning wrote:James Levine, conductor
Christian Tetzlaff, violin

BERG Violin Concerto
MAHLER Symphony No. 9

Thursday, 8 Nov
Friday, 9 Nov
Saturday, 10 Nov
MMMM!! great program. I'll have to see if we can get tickets...

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Post by Yi-Peng » Tue Sep 11, 2007 10:09 am

I am aware of the cancer that Abbado suffered almost ten years ago. I hope this illness is not a resurgent cancer, as I admire Abbado very deeply. I feel that though he has achieved some fine work in the past, he still has the energy to treat us to some marvellous performances with his orchestras.

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Post by Barry » Tue Sep 18, 2007 4:52 pm

Well Abbado's replacements have been announced. Boulez will conduct Mahler's 3rd and David Robertson is going to lead the two Beethoven concerts.

While I'm not a fan of Boulez' way with Mahler, I recognize that I'm probably in the minority in that regard. He's got a big following of people who love the way he conducts Mahler and who I'm sure will be happy to see and hear him conduct this massive symphony. I saw him lead it once live before, and as I say, his just isn't a style I react well too.

Robertson may excel at modern music, but he's far down the list of conductors I'd want to hear conduct Beethoven's 9th. He always strikes me as very bland when he conducts the 19th century warhorses.

Can't fault Carnegie though. I'm sure they didn't have much of a choice since most conductors are locked into commitments with their own orchestras and opera companies at the beginning of the season.
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