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Claudio Abbado, who has died aged 80, was not only among the greatest of conductors. Reserved and economical of gesture in rehearsal, he regarded conversation about his profession as a poor means of communicating about the act of music-making and his achievements at the head of the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonic orchestras and then Lucerne ensemble, speak for themselves. Deutsche Grammaphone just released Maestro Abbado's Bruckner Symphony #9 with the Lucerne.

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