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Claudio Abbado

Claudio Abbado was an Italian conductor and composer. He is best known for his work with the Berlin Philharmonic, where he was music director from 1989 to 2002. Abbado was a conductor at the La Scala opera house in Milan from 1968 to 1986, and the music director of the Vienna State Opera from 1986 to 1991.

Abbado is considered one of the greatest conductors of the 20th century. He made several acclaimed recordings, including the complete symphonies of Beethoven, Brahms and Schumann, and recordings of Verdi's and Wagner's operas. He was particularly noted for his interpretations of Mozart's operas.

Notable albums include his recordings of Verdi's Requiem and Wagner's Parsifal, as well as his recordings of Beethoven's Symphonies Nos. 4 and 5 with the Berlin Philharmonic, and his recordings of the Brahms symphonies with the London Symphony Orchestra. Abbado also recorded several works by contemporary composers, such as Luciano Berio, Giacomo Manzoni, and Salvatore Sciarrino.

An interesting fact about Claudio Abbado is that he was the first conductor to make a recording of the complete Beethoven symphonies with the Berlin Philharmonic. This was a milestone achievement and the recordings have since become some of the most beloved interpretations of Beethoven's works.