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Episode 2

Berlin Philharmonic in Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 5. Mahler: Adagietto (Symphony No 5). Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream (excerpts). Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique.

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).

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Excerpts from A Midsummer night's dream, Op.61

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
  • Gustav Mahler

    Adagietto from Symphony no. 5 in C sharp minor

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic. Conductor: Zubin Mehta.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Concerto no. 5 in E flat major Op.73 (Emperor)

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic. Conductor: Zubin Mehta.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Symphonie fantastique, Op.14

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.

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