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The Berlin Philharmonic have decided to mark the passing of their former Chief Conductor by making all of his concerts in their Digital Concert Hall free to view for anyone who cares to pay an online visit.
The Digital Concert Hall, which is now in its fifth year, contains a number of Abbado-led performances that were recorded during his tenure. Abbado, who passed-away on Monday, was elected as successor to Herbert von Karajan and held the position of Chief Principal Conductor with the Berlin Philharmoniker between 1990 and 2002.
These recordings include some of Abbado’s collaborations with regular musical partners Daniel Barenboim (Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 3), Maurizio Pollini (Beethoven’s Fantasia for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra in C Minor), Anne Sofie von Otter (Berg’s Altenberg Lieder) and Gil Shaham (Brahms’ Violin Concerto). Also included is the 1996 documentary Claudio Abbado: The Silence That Follows the Music.