Mozart Requiem: Abbado conducts Lucerne Festival Orchestra

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Claudio Abbado conducts with a deep personal connection to his Lucerne Festival Orchestra. Nearly a decade after it was last formed, Maestro Abbado resurrected the Lucerne Festival Orchestra with painstaking detail, personally selecting the musicians and creating a unique ethos of symphony as chamber music. The results speak for themselves in this concert, the penultimate festival opening that Abbado would conduct before his death. The programme explores the 2012 festival theme of faith from two very different perspectives, opening with Beethoven’s Incidental Music to Egmont: a powerful retelling of uprising in the Dutch War of Independence, but also a story of faith in justice, even in the face of the martyring of the eponymous Count Egmont. Fittingly followed by Mozart’s Requiem, famously incomplete on his death, this music is deeply spirituality. PROGRAM BEETHOVEN Incidental Music to Egmont* MOZART Requiem^ ARTISTS Claudio Abbado, conductor Juliane Banse, soprano* Bruno Ganz, narrator* Anna Prohaska, soprano^ Sara Mingardo, mezzo-soprano^ Maximilian Schmitt, tenor^ Ren Pape, bass^ Bavarian Radio Choir^ Swedish Radio Choir^ Lucerne Festival Orchestra

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