Radu Lupu, piano
The idea of the CAI was born in 1981 in a bar in Pavia where a small group of loyal admirers of Claudio Abbado (already then) gathered following one of his concerts in the Teatro Fraschini. That was the first journey... not very far from Milan (approx. 30 km.), but already filled with the same enthusiasm and friendship that caracterizies us to this day.
The CAI today that are about 400 members from all countries Italy, of course, but also Germany, France, Switzerland, Spain, United Kingdom, Austria as well as Australia, Russia, Japan (with a small group of 10 members), Argentine, USA...
The CAI stands also for thousands of documents of all nature and concerning all the aspects of Claudio Abbado’s career from the first concerts to the current Lucerne Festival, containing extremely rare recordings, a real documentation centre for those who admire the skills of Claudio Abbado and share his so open vision of culture and the arts.
Tokyo 2006: Media release of Lucerne Festival. S.Lucerne in Tokyo
Berlin 2006: The Berlin Philharmonic has awarded its first Claudio- Abbado-Composition Prize to the composer and clarinetist Jörg Widmann. The prize has a value of 10.000 Euro and was named in honour of the former artistic director of the orchestra for his services to the Orchestra Academy. Widmann wrote a Quintett on this occasion which will be given its first performance on 10th November.
Tokyo 2006: Abbado in Japan. Our Wanderer 's chronicle.
Tokyo 2006: sensational performance of Mahler Symphony 6 at Suntory Hall , all (according to the musicians of LFO) said it was even better than in Lucerne (we thought it would not be possible)
The 2006 Gramophone Awards:
The 2006 Gramophone Awards: the new recording of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, featuring Dorothea Röschmann, Erika Miklósa, Christoph Strehl, René Pape, Hanno Müller-Brachmann, the Arnold Schoenberg Chor and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and also conducted by Claudio Abbado was chosen as Best Opera Recording (2-CD set 477 5789).
The 2006 Gramophone Awards were announced on Sept.28th 2006. The prestigious Record of the Year Award was won by the recording of Mahler’s 6th symphony played by the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Claudio Abbado.
Lucerne 2006: An article in The Times. S. The Times
Lucerne 2006: The members of the Lucerne Festival orchestra 2006 : s.Lucerne Festival Orchestra
Lucerne 2006: Big success for opening concerts of Lucerne Festival. We offer for members of CAI tickets for Dress rehearsals:
GMJO Easter Tour2006: the Wanderer's Chronicle (Turin): S.Wanderer 20
GMJO Easter Tour2006: Abbado in Madrid. Critic in the newspaper El pais
GMJO Easter Tour2006: Abbado in Bolzano on April 19th. S. Bolzano 2006
Edinburgh 2006: Die Zauberflöte, with Claudio Abbado conducting, on August 31th and September 2nd 2006.
South America 2006: Second concert of Claudio Abbado in Caracas, see critics on the website El Universal
DVDs: here is the cover of the DVD of the Tristan performance in Lucerne - on sale in Japan only!
What have the Japanese got that we have not to merit this luck?
DVDs: a beautiful article (in English) by Steven Everson concerning Abbado's recent Mahler-DVDs. s. DVD-Mahler
The publication of the new recording of Mozart's "Magic Flute" is announced by DG for 3rd April 2006.
BBC Music Magazine (Febr. 2006) publishes a talk with Claudio Abbado about the healing powers of music. Also, Abbado says that he would like to be remembered for the trees he has planted: “At heart, I think I’m just a gardener”.
Latin America 2006 : Other articles (in Spanish) about Abbado in Caracas:
Latin America 2006 : first article about Abbado in Caracas (in Spanish)
Latin America 2006 : We received a sms from our friend the journalist Helmut Failoni.: "I am in Caracas, the concert will not be broadcast. Claudio seems to have a mysterious force. The other day he rehearsed for 6 hours non-stop. All were dead tired, not he."
Scala 2005-2006 : Opening of the Season (article in French) . See Opening of the Scala
Season 2005-2006 : Programme of the Orchestra Mozart . See Programme Abbado 2006
Summer 2006 : Programme of the Lucerne Festival . See Lucerne 2006
Spring 2006 : Programme of the GMJO Easter tour. See Programme 2006
Winter 2005-2006 : Claudio Abbado will conduct in Caracas, Teatro Teresa Carreño, on 15 & 16 January 2006, the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra.
Lucerne and autumn 2005: in the Italian part of the website, interviews with musicians of Lucerne Festival Orchestra and with Daniel Harding
Lucerne 2005: our Wanderer's Chronicle (Claudio Abbado honorary citizen of Lucerne) Wanderer n°19
Lucerne 2005: our Wanderer's Chronicle Wanderer n°18
Lucerne 2005: an article in spanish: El Pais
Claudio Abbado was named an honorary citizen of Lucerne on Aug.22th by the city’s mayor, Urs W. Studer. The ceremony took place at Lucerne’s town hall.
He has also conducted the Berlin Philharmonic and Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra in Lucerne, and acted as a consultant for the construction of the KKL, Lucerne’s concert hall.
Mozart dominates the season 2005-06 of Daniel Harding. See Infobox
New section: the page MICROCRITICA presents briefly spectacles seen by our members, important news on musical life outside the abbadian world . We give also counsels (to see... to avoid..) See: Microcritica
Season 2005-2006 etc..
The announced concerts of the next season of Claudio Abbado are online, S.
For his recording of Mahler’s 2nd Symphony and Debussy’s La Mer Claudio Abbado is nominated Conductor of the Year.
Programme of Paris concert(27 April 2006) with GMJO:
Crisis at La Scala: Norman Lebrecht writes about Muti and the Scala situation: see Lebrecht
The opinion of Claudio Abbado about Cuba: see and
On March 9th 2005 Claudio Abbado received from the hands of the Italian President, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, the "Presidente della Repubblica" prize. This is granted by the Accademia di Santa Cecilia and honours a personality or an institution which has distinguished itself through its artistic activity in the course of the last two years.
The first quarterly list of recommendations published by German music critics this year (no. 1/2005) includes the MCO and Albrecht Mayer’s CD of works mostly by Mozart.
Claudio Abbado has renewed his contract with LUCERNE FESTIVAL
Lucerne Festival is proud to announce that Claudio Abbado has renewed his contract with them and will be responsible for the Lucerne Festival Orchestra until 2010. Claudio Abbado will assume the task of artistic director during the Lucerne Festival (Summer) and take the orchestra on tour abroad.
Claudio Abbado was honoured with a special prize for his lifetime achievement at the Midem Classical Awards in Cannes
Six Concerts of Orchestra Mozart in Bologna (Claudio Abbado conductor) on June 2005: 8th-9th (Mozart Requiem), 11th-12th and 14-15th and in Salzburg on 3th & 4th 2006 .
The Orchestra Mozart has now a updated website with all the concerts until end 2005. S: Orchestra Mozart
The winners of the "Midem Classical Awards 2005" will announced on 24th January. In the category Orchestral Works the CD comprising Debussy's La Mer and Mahler's 2nd Symphony (Lucerne 2003) has been nominated.
The last DVD of Claudio Abbado (Mahler Symphony IX with GMJO) was awarded in France by Diapason d'Or of the music magazine Diapason and a CHOC musique of Le Monde de la Musique
An article from Cuba (in Spanish) on Claudio Abbado. S. Cuba
Premier Grand Prix awarded to "Claudio Abbado - Hearing the Silence"
The music documentary Claudio Abbado - Hearing the Silence has been named winner of the "Premier Grand Prix" by the jury of the 28th Festival International Du Film d'Art et Pédagogique (FIFAP) in Paris. The film by director and producer Paul Smaczny won out over 82 competing films from 13 countries. A total of 172 productions were submitted for consideration to the annual juried exhibition of films on visual, performing and decorative arts.
"Claudio Abbado - Hearing the Silence" was produced by EuroArts Music as a co-production with RBB and ARTE. The 67 minute music documentary previously won the prize for "Best Portrait" at the 22nd Festival International des Films sur l'Art in Montreal, Canada in 2004.
In April 2005 "Claudio Abbado - Hearing the Silence" will be released throughout Europe on DVD through TDK/EuroArts.
Claudio Abbado's News from Latin America: An article in Spanish. See El Universal
The Gramophone choose Claudio Abbado's CD with Martha Argerich as CD of the month. See on Infobox
Claudio Abbado and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra are off to Venezuela and Cuba at the end of the year. They will give two all-Beethoven concerts in each country (Caracas resp. Santiago de Cuba and Havana).
New DVD on sale: Mahler Symphony 9 with Claudio Abbado and GMJO. See DVD Page
The Mozart-Requiem will be probably performed at the concert of 8th June 2005 in Bologna with Orchestra Mozart and Abbado conducting.
Lucerne Festival 2005: Five concerts will be conducted by Claudio Abbado. S. Programme 2005
Project 2006: Claudio Abbado will conduct the GMJO and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra in Bolzano (south Tirol, Italy).
"The Magic Flute" in Baden Baden on 14th, 16th, 18th May 2005.
Nice article about Lucerne 2004 and new releases in The Guardian, read article The Guardian
Composition of the Orchestra Mozart, which will give its first concert on November 4th, see Orchestra Mozart
The concert of November 4th will be repeated on November 9th and 10th. In addition various dates and the cast of the Magic Flute have been announced. See the updated programme of the Season 2004-2005
Claudio Abbado will receive the Prix Kythera from the hands of Mrs. Henkel at 11 a.m. on November10th in Bologna.
Dispute about a poisonous article in the paper Il Sole 24 Ore concerning the cost of Abbado’s concerts. Our president replies in this month’s editorial (in italian). See Editorial
A meeting of great artists! Abbado and Bergman, see Infobox
Mahler II on CD (Lucerne 2003) very nice critic published by Musicweb.uk : See Musicweb (CD Mahler Debussy)
A new Wanderer's Chronicle, Claudio Abbado conducts Lucerne Festival Orchestra in Lucerne (Lucerne Festival 2004: Beethoven and Mahler V).
Lucerne Festival 2004 : very nice article published by Musicweb.uk : See Musicweb
The German paper Süddeutsche Zeitung (8.9.2004) publishes a rave review of the new CD of Mahler’s 2nd symphony and Debussy’s La Mer (DG). It proclaims the recording is a miracle.
A new Wanderer's Chronicle, Claudio Abbado conducts Lucerne Festival Orchestra in Lucerne (Lucerne Festival 2004: Strauss and Wagner).
New CD: Piano concertos n°2 and 3 by Beethoven (soloist Martha Argerich) (DG) New CD
New DVD: Symphony n°2 by Gustav Mahler (Lucerne 2003) (TDK) New DVD
Lucerne Festival 2004 : article published by New York Times : See New York Times
The young British conductor Daniel Harding, Musical Director of Mahler Chamber Orchestra, will conduct Vienna Philharmonic for Easter Concerts 2005 (Bach: Matthaeus Passion).
Lucerne Festival 2004: First articles in german and swiss newspapers, goto NZZ and then use the links to the other articles.
Lucerne Festival 2005 will open on August 12th.
John Treleaven, and not Robert Gambill, will sing Tristan in Lucerne
Four important new records this summer : see New releases
A new Wanderer's Chronicle, Claudio Abbado conducts Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in Berlin (June 2004).
It was funny! some pics of funny CAI in Berlin: our Gallery of CAI member's pics Berlin 2004
Claudio Abbado will conduct the Berliner Philharmoniker during the next season on May 27, 28 and 29 2005 : 7 frühe Lieder by Berg and Symphony n.4 by Mahler (soloist Renée Fleming)
A new Wanderer's Chronicle, Claudio Abbado conducts Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester in Bolzano.
Claudio Abbado and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Daniel Harding, Maurizio Pollini, Martha Argerich, in Rome for a Festival Week in October 2005
A new CD in autumn (Deutsche Grammpphon): Opera arias (Verdi Puccini Bellini Donizetti) by Anna Netrebko, with Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Claudio Abbado conducting
Our special page
Some arias were recorded in Reggio Emilia for a DVD dedicated to Anna Netrebko to be published in May 2004 .
Werke von / Works by
Mahler Chamber Orchestra
A Vincent Paterson Film
First Berlin performance of Fedora, of Umberto Giordano, on 3rd,4th,5th May 2005 in semi-stage version with Placido Domingo and Mirella Freni,and the Berlin Philharmonic under Claudio Abbado.
Paul Smaczny’s latest film on Claudio Abbado ("Claudio Abbado - Die Stille hören" / "Claudio Abbado, hearing the silence") received the prize for the best portrait at the 22th. Festival of Films on Art in Montreal.
A special page dedicated to Luigi Nono's birthday (he would be 80 years).
The Grammy Awards 2004 were announced last night. In the category “Best Classical Vocal Performance” the prize went to Thomas Quasthoff for his performance of Schubert Lieder with Orchestra. This is a CD he recorded with Anne-Sofie von Otter and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe conducted by Claudio Abbado. It is Quasthoff’s second Grammy Award the other one being his recording of Mahler’s Wunderhorn Lieder with Anne-Sofie von Otter and the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Claudio Abbado! Congratulations!
Claudio Abbado spent the New Year in Cuba preparing the local Youth Orchestra for a concert of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony and an extract from Wagner’s “Tristan and Isolde” (Prelude and Liebestod). He was also given a honorary doctorate of the University of Havana and announced his intention to found a South American Youth Orchestra.
Lucerne Festival has published a CD of the concert dated August 19th 2003 (Mahler’s Second Symphony) but in a strictly limited edition.
The latest editorial has arrived!
It is finally Rachel Harnish who will alternate with Eteri Gvazava as Fiordiligi in the performances of “Cosi fan tutte” this winter in Ferrara, Modena and Reggio Emilia.
The Easter Tour of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester will finish up with three concerts in Italy: Reggio Emilia (10.4.), Trieste (12.4.) and Rome (14.4.). Only work on the programme: Mahler’s 9th Symphony. see our special pages.
The DVD of ȁSimon Boccanegra” (Florence 2002), to be published shortly in Italy, can be purchased already via the internet. See the website
“Musica sopra Berlino” has now been published in Japan too, thanks to the translation of our Japanese member Shiho Tsujino. See our special pages.
The preliminary programme of the Lucerne Festival 2004 has been published. See our programme pages
Claudio Abbado will conduct the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester on its Easter Tour 2004. Stops include Bolzano (2.4.), Budapest (4.4.), Bratislava (6.4.) and St. Petersburg (8.4.).
On the programme: Abschied (last part of Mahler’s Lied von der Erde with Anna Larsson as soloist) and the same composer’s Ninth Symphony. See our special pages
Claudio Abbado received the Praemium Imperiale in Tokyo.
Claudio Abbado was given a honorary doctorate in Potenza. For our report and photos see our current events
The Berlin newspaper “Berliner Morgenpost” has published a list of the 100 most important people in Berlin according to its readers. Claudio Abbado comes in 11th... not bad!
The Italian, Spanish, French and German press wrote some breath-taking articles concerning the concerts of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. Even the American press took notice. Only the British newspapers were conspicuously absent. For italian articles see current events
Claudio Abbado returns to conduct the Berlin Philharmonic in 3 concerts on 3rd 5th June 2004 in a programme including Frank Martin (“Jedermann”-Monologues sung by Thomas Quasthoff) and Mahler’s 6th Symphony.