Claudio Abbado celebrates his 80th birthday today. One of the most acclaimed conductors of our age, there can be few better ways to observe his technique than via a camera focussed on him throughout an entire performance of Beethoven's Symphony No 5 - so that's exactly what we're offering.
The following film is a special feature from the new Blu-ray release of his Beethoven Symphony Cycle with the Berlin Philharmonic, issued by EuroArts Music in cooperation with RAI Trade and RAI – Radiovisione Italiana. (Copyright 2001 EuroArts Music International GmbH.) For more information about the DVD, visit Euroarts - or buy from Amazon.
And to learn more about Abbado, including links to a series of articles from the Gramophone Archive, visit his page in the Gramophone Hall of Fame.