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In Memory of Claudio Abbado

Excerpt from Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 9 from the EuroArts DVD 2054008, shown with kind permission of EuroArts Music International. Recorded live at Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rome, 14 April 2004. Directed by Bob Coles, Produced by Paul Smaczny, Audio Recording by Michael Seberich. A production of EuroArts Music in co-operation with RAI Trade, Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester and Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia © 2004 EuroArts Music International GmbH.

Easter Tour 2014 with David Afkham, Emily Magee and Christiane Karg

Shooting Star David Afkham, who was recently appointed Principal Conductor of the Orquesta Nacional de España, returns as guest conductor for the Easter Tour 2014 of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester.

Having served three years as Assistant Conductor of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester (from 2009 to 2012), David Afkham stepped in to replace Ingo Metzmacher in the extensive and highly successful Easter Tour 2012.

Ever since, he is regarded as one of the most sought-after conductors of his generation and has worked with many of the world´s leading orchestras.

David Afkham and the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester will be joined by two of the greatest sopranos of our time: Emily Magee, performing Richard Strauss: Four Last Songs (celebrating Strauss’ 150th Anniversary), and Christiane Karg, singing Alban Berg: Seven Early Songs and in Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 4.

The two exciting concert programmes also include Alban Berg: Three Pieces for Orchestra op. 6, Richard Wagner: Parsifal-Prelude to Act III and Good Friday Music, and Bruckner: Symphony No. 7.

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Photo credit: Chris Christodoulou

Claudio Abbado (1933-2014)

It is with great sadness that the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester informs of the passing away of its founder and music director, Claudio Abbado.

Throughout his life, Claudio Abbado passionately worked with young musicians and provided them with many opportunities. A few years after the successful foundation of the European Community Youth Orchestra, and always refusing to be hindered by any political or bureaucratic obstacles, it just seemed logical to Claudio Abbado to establish the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, a youth orchestra that reached beyond the borders of the European Community.

Dr. Erhard Busek, President of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, says: “Claudio Abbado was a visionary who, through the foundation of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, anticipated the European unification and continued to work tirelessly on it. We must not forget the obstacles which had to be overcome when, in 1986, Claudio Abbado invited musicians from Austria and the neighbouring states of the former Eastern Bloc to make music together. This is genuine European spirit and we bow in gratitude to Claudio Abbado, whose legacy we shall continue.”

The number of musicians who took part in projects of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester and who later joined many of Europe’s leading orchestras is enormous. They all owe Claudio Abbado the decisive impetus for their musical life.

In addition to leading some of the most important musical institutions in the world, Claudio Abbado also devoted himself to the foundation of new orchestras. These have influenced musical life and orchestral culture in a decisive manner, and the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester is proud to be the founding part of important ensembles such as the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, and the Orchestra Mozart.

Claudio Abbado fought, throughout his life, for his projects, his orchestras, and his beliefs. He often managed to realize projects that were apparently impossible with a truly visionary spirit.

Alexander Meraviglia-Crivelli, Secretary General of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester: “It was a great privilege to organise numerous concert tours under Claudio Abbado, including Schoenberg’s Gurre-Lieder, a great North and South America tour with Mahler’s Symphony no. 7, or Wagner’s Parsifal in a scenic production by Peter Stein. Claudio Abbado always demanded the utmost devotion and dedication from his musicians and from his team. He was not an administrator but a visionary, and he has managed to achieve the seemingly impossible against doubters and bureaucrats. For him, the only thing that mattered was: Prima la musica – and this will always be an example and inspiration for all of us.”

Ever since its foundation, Claudio Abbado was involved in the development and the international success of his Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester. For us, to commemorate him with great gratitude means to continue this project, maybe his most important one, with great dedication.

GMJO Recordings with Claudio Abbado

GMJO Concerts with Claudio Abbado

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19.04.2014
7:30 PM
CASINO KURSAAL INTERLAKEN

works by Strauss, Bruckner

David Afkham, Conductor
Emily Magee, Soprano
Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester

20.04.2014
5:00 PM
CASINO KURSAAL INTERLAKEN

works by Wagner, Mahler

David Afkham, Conductor
Christiane Karg, Soprano
Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester

22.04.2014
7:30 PM
AUDITORIO NACIONAL DE MÚSICA MADRID

works by Wagner, Berg, Mahler

David Afkham, Conductor
Christiane Karg, Soprano
Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester

23.04.2014
7:30 PM
AUDITORIO NACIONAL DE MÚSICA MADRID

works by Berg, Strauss, Bruckner

David Afkham, Conductor
Emily Magee, Soprano
Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester

24.04.2014
7:00 PM
CALOUSTE GULBENKIAN FOUNDATION

works by Wagner, Berg, Mahler

David Afkham, Conductor
Christiane Karg, Soprano
Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester

25.04.2014
7:00 PM
CALOUSTE GULBENKIAN FOUNDATION

works by Berg, Strauss, Bruckner

David Afkham, Conductor
Emily Magee, Soprano
Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester

27.04.2014
8:00 PM
MUSIKVEREIN WIEN

works by Wagner, Strauss, Bruckner

David Afkham, Conductor
Emily Magee, Soprano
Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester

28.04.2014
7:30 PM
MUSIKVEREIN WIEN

works by Berg, Berg, Mahler

David Afkham, Conductor
Christiane Karg, Soprano
Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester

29.04.2014
8:00 PM
GASTEIG MUNICH

works by Wagner, Strauss, Bruckner

David Afkham, Conductor
Emily Magee, Soprano
Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester

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DVD Trailer
Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Soloist: Juliane Banse
Gustav Mahler: Symphony no. 4 in G major

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Audio Samples
13. Auf dem Gipfel
  1. Richard Strauss: Alpine Symphony / Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst
  2. Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 9 in D-major / Conductor: Claudio Abbado
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