Claudio Abbado
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Italian conductor Claudio Abbado dies at 80

The Italian conductor Claudio Abbado, former musical director of La Scala, has died in Bologna at the age of 80,following a long illness.

Abbado, who was appointed senator for life in Italy last year, had cancelled several recent performances and appearances due to ill health.

He also conducted the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) between 1979 and 1988.

This archive footage shows him conducting in 1993.

  • 20 Jan 2014
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