There are so many reasons why Claudio Abbado is so unique, and his genius is so precious to everyone who loves classical music.
This is one of those reasons: Abbado last week ended a "spellbinding" Mahler concert in Lucerne (YouTube link), Corriere della Sera reports, and he ended it with "Rückert-Lieder". Magdalena Kozená as the soloist:
Abbado rightly worships Wilhelm Furtwaengler, but Opera Chic bets that, when history is written, Abbado's name will appear alongside Big Willy's -- and a couple others, maybe Von Bulow, and/or Karajan, and/or Carlito Kleiber -- as one of the greatest conductors classical music has ever seen, and people will argue over who is the greatest.
But it's hard to argue that Abbado isn't the warmest.