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      Schubert: ‘The Great’ C Major Symphony CD review – rusticity and irresistible energy

      The late Claudio Abbado leads his Orchestra Mozart to balance Schubert’s symphony on the cusp of Romanticism

      Claudio Abbado’s international career was launched with Schubert, when he won the Koussevitsky conducting competition in 1958 with a performance of the Unfinished Symphony, and the composer remained an important part of Abbado’s repertoire until his death. His performances of the complete symphonies with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe have been among the finest on disc since they were recorded for Deutsche Grammophon a quarter of a century ago. Abbado was also one of the few leading conductors to champion (and record) Schubert’s opera Fierrabras, and the Unfinished Symphony also began the programme of the final concerts he conducted in Lucerne in 2013.

      Two years earlier he’d performed the Ninth Symphony, “the Great” C major, in concerts in Bologna and Bolzano, with the Orchestra Mozart, the chamber orchestra he founded in 2004. This disc has been assembled from those 2011 performances, his view of the work seems to have changed little over almost 25 years. As before, Abbado observes every repeat in the score, so that the symphony lasts over 60 minutes. The first and third movements take a little longer this time, the finale is a bit faster, and despite Abbado’s choice of a chamber orchestra for such a massive work, nothing ever seems underpowered.

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      Daniel Barenboim reveals radical new piano design: 'I've fallen in love with it'

      Conceived in 2011, the Barenboim piano has taken 18 months and 4,000 people hours of work to build – and may one day go into wider production

      “I’ve fallen in love with it,” beamed Daniel Barenboim as he unveiled what he believes is a groundbreaking new piano, one which he conceived and commissioned, and has been dreaming about since 2011. “I want to spend as much time with it as possible.”

      To a small audience of journalists, Barenboim played 30 seconds from the slow movement of Beethoven’s Appassionata Sonata on his traditional Steinway before playing the same notes on his new piano.

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      Daniel Barenboim unveils 'groundbreaking' new piano - video

      Argentinian pianist and conductor, Daniel Barenboim, unveils what he says is a ground-breaking new piano on Tuesday. Barenboim conceived and commissioned the instrument, which took around 4,000 working hours to build. He will perform with the new piano at London's Southbank Centre between 27 May-2 June, playing a complete cycle of Schubert's piano sonatas Continue reading...

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