American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Abbado, Claudio Born 1933. Italian conductor who served as the principal conductor and artistic director at La Scala (1968-1986) prior to leading the London Symphony Orchestra (1979-1988) and the Vienna Staatsoper (1986-1991). In 1989 he became director of the Berlin Philharmonic.
“He has collaborated with conductors such as Abbado,”
“As the prime stage attraction before a paying concert audience, Mr. Levine, his head often deep in the score during a performance, could not match the unaffected elegance of an Abbado or a Muti or the visionary programming and persona of a Bernstein.”
“They are perhaps not so convincing in the G major concerto – Aimard's playing does not have quite the range of colour and gradations of touch that Zimerman, and before him Michelangeli (on EMI), bring to the piano writing, nor the infectious energy of Argerich's performance with Abbado (DG again).”
“Those performances are now being divided among Marcello Lehninger, the BSO's assistant conductor; Roberto Abbado; and the rising young Latvian superstar Andris Nelsons, who on March 17 is scheduled to make his BSO debut conducting Mahler's Ninth Symphony at Carnegie Hall.”
“For ticket buyers in Washington, where the Washington Performing Arts Society is sponsoring the BSO's March appearance, the cancellation has a silver lining: Abbado will conduct a completely different program.”
“The third, the pianist's first concerto recording, was more popularly oriented: Rachmaninoff favorites with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, albeit under the highly regarded Milanese intellectual Claudio Abbado, with whom she had appeared at the Lucerne Festival.”
“Abbado, taking a modest bow in the face of noisy applause – and on both nights a standing ovation – stood quietly among his players, unwilling to take centre stage.”
“Mitsuko Uchida, working with Abbado for the first time, was the soloist, muscular, springy, fiery and poetic.”
“A common observation of Abbado's Bruckner has been that it is "un-Germanic" or "Italianate".”
“You could see – by the contrary movement of their bows – how Abbado did it.”
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