Claudio Abbado and the sound of snow

The Italian conductor Claudio Abbado’s last performances were of Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony and Schubert’s Eighth Symphony with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. By all accounts, they were transcendent. Fortunately, those who did not have the privilege of being there can still hear them. Continue reading Claudio Abbado and the sound of snow

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Anecdotes from the life of Anton Bruckner (III)

Anton Bruckner revered his musical predecessors. In the shadow of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven (who died just three years after Bruckner was born), he was deeply conscious of his heritage. Continue reading Anecdotes from the life of Anton Bruckner (III)