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    Question What, in your opinion, are Abbado's best recordings?

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    For me, (off the top of my head) his Brahms Symphony cycle, live Mahler 1st with the BPO, Beethoven Violin Concerto with Isabelle Faust, Lucerne Bruckner 9 and Mendelssohn Symphony cycle are all very good. I like some of his Mahler too and his Beethoven 9th with the BPO.

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    I love his Symphonie Fantastique.

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    His Brahms cycle is one of my all time favorites. Beautifully played and conducted even if the thick BPO strings can tend to dominate. I’m also partial to his Mahler for straightforward interpretations that still get to the heart of the music. Sometimes I can find him too bland and perfunctory, but he always delivers the goods. His YouTube video conducting Mahler 9 in Lucerne, with nearly 2 minutes of silence at the end, is a spiritual experience:

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    fine conductor-
    His Chicago recordings are pretty much outstanding, all the way....Mahler symphonies, Prokofieff, etc
    and early one which is reallly excellent -

    Berg 3 Pieces for Orch, Lulu suite, Altenberg Lider, [M. Price] - with LondonSO 1970

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    Abbado is one of my most favorite conductors (I would almost say number one, but I don't like ranking) and musical personalities ever. I can't choose a reasonable number of recordings that I love - Symphonies, Concertos, Operas... He has been a stronghold for me for decades, to which I always like to return when listening to practically all the "basic" symphonic or concert repertoire. He is a Conductor who never disappointed me! He could delightfully present music from the Baroque to the 20th century, and I think he was completely unique in collaboration with the soloists (even with those with complicated personalities). In addition, he was a kind, great and noble person. I would look in vain for someone who influenced my musical "development" more.

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    I also like Abbado's Berg Three Orchestral Pieces very much (both the LSO and VPO recordings). Also like his Boulez Notations a lot, and his Chicago Mahler 7th, and his Alexander Nevsky and Classical Symphony, and his Night on Bare Mountain both the original version and the The Fair at Sorochyntsi version. I even like his Ravel!

    Some are acquired taste for me. His Lucerne Bruckner 9th and Orchestra Mozart Schubert 9th have something special about them, although the relative lack of grit is usually not my cup of tea.

    There are however some recordings rated highly by professional critics that I’m not too keen on. His Lucerne Mahler 9th is excellent, but not that great compared to others. His Berg Violin Concerto with Isabelle Faust turned me cold. I found the performance dull.

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    My favorite Abbado comes from primarily two eras: Chicago and Berlin, although I like some of the Lucerne recordings very much. And there's a couple LSO and Chamber Orchestra of Europe recordings worth hearing, too, not to mention Vienna.

    Beethoven: I like the Berlin symphony cycle quite well, either one. The difference between them is grossly overstated. The piano concertos cycle with Pollini is wonderful, but I think I have other favorites.
    Berg. Anything, really, but especially Wozzeck (probably best ever) and the recordings of other pieces from Berlin.
    Boulez. Best ever Notations 1-4 with Vienna.
    Brahms 2, Berlin. Especially the recording of a performance they gave on tour at Carnegie Hall. Astoundingly good! Abbado's Brahms is very good in general, but a little softer edged than some. 2 & 4 with Berlin are my favorites.
    Bruckner 1 & 4, Vienna. Just wonderful recordings!
    Mahler, many great performances. I'd pick 1 from Berlin, 2 from Chicago, 3 from Lucerne, 4 from Vienna, 5 from Chicago or Berlin, 6 & 7 from Berlin, 9 from Berlin or Lucerne.
    Mendelssohn. A wonderful Scottish with LSO.
    Mozart. A number of lovely piano concerto recordings with Gulda, Argerich, Pollini.
    Prokofiev, Alexander Nevsky, Lt. Kijé, Scythian Suite, Symphony 3, all top shelf. CSO, but LSO for the Symphony No. 3. Also, let's not forget that stunning Prokofiev 3rd Concerto with Argerich/Berlin and the Violin Concertos with Shlomo Mintz, CSO!
    Ravel. One of the best ever Concerto in G recordings, with Argerich/Berlin.
    Rossini. One of the best ever Barber of Seville recordings, LSO.
    Schubert symphonies with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, especially best ever No. 6.
    Schumann and Schoenberg Piano Concertos with Pollini. Superb.
    Tchaikovsky. I rate the CSO symphony cycle.
    Webern. The disc with orchestral works and Schoenberg's A Survivor from Warsaw is awesome.
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    I forgot Tchaikovsky Syms 1-3, with CSO, on CBS.....Really excellent....
    Also, good Ravel with LSO, including Pfe Cto, Argerich

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heck148 View Post
    I forgot Tchaikovsky Syms 1-3, with CSO, on CBS.....Really excellent....
    Also, good Ravel with LSO, including Pfe Cto, Argerich
    That Tchaikovsky set has had some very mixed reviews over the years but I like the first 3 too, Heck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merl View Post
    That Tchaikovsky set has had some very mixed reviews over the years but I like the first 3 too, Heck.
    I know, and I don't get it. They're very good by any reasonable standard.

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    For me, his earlier Mahler symphonies, and his Mussorgsky recordings. His London RCA disc of shorter orchestral pieces is a desert island disc for me.

    I have nothing by Abbado I find indifferent.

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    Simon Boccanegra is simply outstanding

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
    Simon Boccanegra is simply outstanding
    I need to hear this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldog View Post
    I love his Symphonie Fantastique.
    Yes, very excellent...

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