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In Memory of Claudio Abbado: J. S. Bach Ciaconna/Chaconne

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Published: January 21, 2014 at 10:38 AM [UTC]

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.

abbadoWhen 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.

From Yixi Zhang
Posted on January 21, 2014 at 8:22 PM
Simon, BRAVISSIMO! I'm very touched by your performance. Thank you!
From Gene Huang
Posted on January 22, 2014 at 12:46 AM
Bravo, Simon! Really enjoyed the recording.
Posted on January 27, 2014 at 12:38 AM
Thank you Simon!

Posted on January 27, 2014 at 12:46 AM
Excellent performance !


Posted on January 27, 2014 at 6:22 AM
Tremendous, absolutely beautiful performance! Loved it.

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