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On Forbes: Boxing Classical Music: Claudio Abbado on Sony/RCA

Boxing Classical Music: Claudio Abbado on Sony/RCA

The preamble to this review—a cursory glance at the state of the state of box sets in classical music—precedes the first of what will be three (the orchestral works conducted by Ferenc Fricsay’s on Deutsche Grammophon) This second installment takes Claudio Abbado’s recordings for Sony/RCA as its example.

Having covered Ferenc Fricsay box set, let’s turn to the Abbado Box that Sony put forth. It covers his output for that label spanning 22 years (1976-1997) and his most important orchestral stations (including La Scala, 1971-1986, the LSO, 1975-1987, Vienna State Opera, 1986-1991, and Chicago, where he was the principal guest conductor for three years in the 80s) up to and including (some of) his taking stewardship of the Berlin Philharmonic (1989-2002)....

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