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Music

Goodbye, Claudio Abbado. You helped us glimpse eternity

The generous conductor gave us performances — such as Mahler's Ninth at the Proms — that attained the heights to which we all aspire

25 January 2014

9:00 AM

25 January 2014

9:00 AM

Fellini’s credo ‘the visionary is the only true realist’ could also be applied to the life of Claudio Abbado, who died earlier this week in Bologna at the age of 80. It would be wrong to think of Abbado as a dreamer, for conducting at the angelic heights to which he ascended is a matter of serious thought, but he had the gift, rarer than is commonly supposed, of liberating musicians.

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