After coming home from teaching, I read about Claudio Abbados death. It was the fist time, I was moved to tears about the death of someone I never saw in person. I can imagine how unbelievable nice he must have been as a collegue and fellow musician.
When I see orchestras playing with him I see in their eyes, that they trust him and follow him and he doesn't lead them with rigid force. He did the best a conductor can do: He encouraged and cared for rythmic precision and balance. I once heard an interview with him, where it felt that he was so natural and enjoying life at such a way, that he doesn't have to be arrogant or proving his abilities. I will miss him whenever I see an egomanic conductor, trying to expose their ego to the orchestra and the music. He wasn't like that I feel. It really makes me sad to know, that he will not perform again! Luckily we have his recordings and Videos.
I dedicate him the Ciaconna/Chaconne I played today.
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