We heard him and countryman Maurizio Pollini perform with the Chicago Symphony, Feb. 17, 1977:
- Bach, J.S. Air on G string
- Bartok PC No. 2
- Prokofiev Alexander Nevsky
Meanwhile, the plaudits are coming in for him on our local WFMT from all over the world. He battled stomach cancer for some years, and his handsome, robust frame was devastated by the horror. (Still, ailing, he conducted, however, as recently as October 31, 2013, La Scala, Milan, where he was accorded a 15 minute standing ovation.)
The battle is over. R.I.P. Maestro Abbado....