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Episode 2

The late Claudio Abbado conducts the Berlin Philharmonic in a concert recorded last May which proved to be his last appearance with his former orchestra. The legendary conductor's yearly appearances with the Berlin Philharmonic were always red letter days in the orchestra's calendar and here he can be heard in the magical music of Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream and Berlioz's dream-induced Symphonie fantastique. The latter was a work which Claudio Abbado never conducted during his time as the Berlin Philharmonic's Musical Director. This afternoon's programme begins with Zubin Mehta, Abbado's friend from his student days in Vienna, conducting Beethoven's Emperor Concerto and the Adagietto from Mahler's Fifth Symphony, the latter played as a tribute to Claudio Abbado.
Presented by Louise Fryer.

2.00pm Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat, op. 73 ('Emperor')
Rudolf Buchbinder (piano),
Berlin Philharmonic, Zubin Mehta (conductor)

c. 2.35pm
Mahler
Adagietto from Symphony no. 5
Berlin Philharmonic, Zubin Mehta (conductor)

2.45pm Mendelssohn
Excerpts from 'A Midsummer Night's Dream,'
Deborah York (soprano),
Stella Doufexis (mezzo-soprano),
Female voices of the Choir of Bavarian Radio,
Berlin Philharmonic, Claudio Abbado (conductor)

3.25pm
Berlioz
Symphonie fantastique, op. 14
Berlin Philharmonic, Claudio Abbado (conductor).

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2 hours, 30 minutes

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Tue 15 Apr 2014 14:00