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The Beethoven Symphonies mark the highlight of Abbado’s relationship with the Berliner Philharmoniker and his 12 years as chief conductor. “Abbado lets loose all the conflicting elements of Beethoven’s cosmos – nothing works anymore, the music threatens to explode once and for all, deliverance has to come from somewhere. A powerful moment of unsparing analysis of Beethoven and his own self…” (Süddeutsche Zeitung)