Brahms, Schönberg, Beethoven – Claudio Abbado, Mihoko Fujimura & Lucerne Festival Orchestra


In 2013, Lucerne was celebrating: the renowned Lucerne Festival turned 75 after it was launched in 1938 under the baton of Arturo Toscanini. In addition, the Lucerne Festival Orchestra celebrated its tenth anniversary with its founder Claudio Abbado – who turned 80 in 2013. Every year in Lucerne he gathers world-famous soloists who are willing to “do the craziest things I ask of them in the interest of the compositions: to fly or to go through the fire”. more

Happy Birthday Claudio Abbado

Happy Birthday Claudio Abbado LFO 2012 (c) LUCERNE FESTIVAL_Georg Anderhub

On the occasion of Claudio Abbado’s 80th birthday in June 2013, this special feature offers an inside look into his work with the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA.

The close connection between the orchestra and its conductor is documented by excerpts from rehearsals and concert recordings as well as personal interviews with the maestro talking about composers, his approach to their works and the collaboration with the orchestra. more

Mozart: Requiem / Beethoven: Egmont – Claudio Abbado & Lucerne Festival Orchestra


Lucerne Festival 2012 was dedicated to the relationship of music and hope. In the opening concert, Claudio Abbado and the Lucerne Festival Orchera presented Mozart’s Requiem as well as the Beethoven’s Incidental Music to Goethe’s tragedy Egmont. With Juliane Banse, Anna Prohaska, Sara Mingardo, Maximilian Schmitt and René Pape as soloists and Bruno Ganz as narrator, this concert was once again a special musical experience of highest artistic quality. more

Bruckner 5 – Claudio Abbado & Lucerne Festival Orchestra

LUCERNE FESTIVAL Abbado LFO im Sommer 2011

“Abbado’s approach to the music of Bruckner is soft and songlike, at times tense and urgent, but constantly filled with warmth of feeling” – not only the Neue Zürcher Zeitung is full of praise when Claudio Abbado and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra play Bruckner. more

Mahler 10: Adagio – Claudio Abbado & Lucerne Festival Orchestra

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Claudio Abbado and his exquisite Lucerne Festival Orchestra have taken Mahler’s most complex and compelling symphonies to a new level in audiovisual recording. Following the acclaimed production of Mahler’s 9th in 2010, Claudio Abbado has now continued the cycle with the Adagio from the 10th, Mahler’s final composition. In 2012 he will be bringing the highly acclaimed cycle to a close then presenting Mahler’s “opus magnum”, his Symphony No. 8.