Video: La Scala Orchestra Plays to Empty Theater in Tribute to Claudio Abbado

Monday, January 27, 2014 - 06:23 PM

A week after the death of Claudio Abbado, tributes continue from various corners of the classical music world.

In the conductor's native Milan on Monday, the Philharmonic Orchestra of La Scala, conducted by Daniel Barenboim, gave a performance of the Funeral March from Beethoven's Eroica Symphony. The performance, which was broadcast live on Italian state television and streamed on the Internet, took place before an empty hall. But outside, thousands of people gathered to hear the performance broadcast over loudspeakers in the plaza.

La Scala's orchestra has been playing funeral marches to an empty theater in honor of its most significant figures since the death of Arturo Toscanini in 1957, according to the Guardian newspaper.

The performance begins at about 4:35:

Other tribute concerts took place this weekend in Berlin and in Paris. Moreover, the Teatro Comunale in Ferrara, Italy is being renamed the Teatro Claudio Abbado, according to a report on Slipped Disc. The Berlin Philharmonic announced its dedication on Twitter:

An amateur video from the Milan concert follows:


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Comments [4]

concetta nardone from Nassau

Yes, where was Carnegie Hall in all this. Yes, the LaScala House was not full but there were thousands in the Plaza. Life is very hard in Italy and money hard to come by. I lived there for four years and know about this first hand.

Jan. 28 2014 05:01 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

CLAUDIO ABBADO and just late yesterday at age 94 PETE SEEGER. Two more humanitarian and people-concerned
artists would be hard to find. Their like should be memorialized and the testimony should be their recorded, sound and video, music made permanently accessible. R.I.P. you two giants in your respective formats.

Jan. 28 2014 03:50 PM
Silversalty from the Brooklyn Island

Pete Seeger died yesterday. A singing voice for 'the people,' more commonly known as a folk singer. Another riderless horse in the people's cavalry.

Jan. 28 2014 12:27 PM

And where is Carnegie Hall in all this?

Jan. 28 2014 05:44 AM

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