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Claudio Abbado and the Musicians of the Orchestra Mozart
Film: Touring with Claudio Abbado and the Orchestra Mozart
Film by Helmut Failoni and Francesco Merini (Italy/Germany 2015)
Wed, 09 Mar 2016 6 p.m.
Hermann Wolff Room
Claudio Abbado (1933-2014) never ceased to amaze in the course of his lifespan of almost 81 years: his selection as principal conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker in 1989 was certainly unexpected, as at first he was not among the musicians’ favourites. Abbado’s decision not to pursue an extension of his contract beyond the year 2002 was even more surprising. He declared in 1998 that he wanted to be free to dedicate himself more intensely to the study of music, reading books and the other finer things of life. In 2000 he became seriously ill, but at first he managed to overcome his illness. And he succeeded once again in heading for new horizons.
In 2003 the Lucerne Festival Orchestra formed itself anew, and demonstrated extraordinary qualities practically from the first note. In 2004, the Orchestra Mozart was founded in Bologna, and they won Abbado over as artistic director and initiator of creative projects. Since the conductor’s death, unfortunately, the outlook for the orchestra looks bleak.
The film provides insights into the personal and professional life of a group of musicians whom Helmut Failoni and Francesco Merini accompanied during a Europe tour of the Orchestra Mozart in 2012-13. You can also see recordings of concerts and rehearsals and a conversation with Claudio Abbado, who addresses his motivation in founding the orchestra and its history.