Accentus Music, in co-production with SRF and ARTE, is filming a Memorial Concert for Claudio Abbado. This concert will be streamed live on arte Concert on April 6th 2014 at 4pm CEST. You can access the live stream here.
Performed by the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, the programme for the concert includes Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony, which Abbado conducted during the final performance of his career in Lucerne in August 2013. Fittingly, no-one will take Abbado’s place on the podium for this work, for the musicians wish to perform this music in his spirit, without any other conductor.
Following this, Bruno Ganz, who visited Abbado just a few days before his death and read him verses by Hölderlin, will recite one of these poems. The concert continues with Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto performed by Isabelle Faust, which is dedicated “to the memory of an angel.” Finally, the orchestra will perform the finale from Gustav Mahler’s Third Symphony, which the composer originally planned to title “What love tells me.” The works by Berg and Mahler will be conducted by Andris Nelsons.