A Maestro’s Requiem

If there was ever a Monday that needed to be salvaged with some music, today is the one. I feel totally exhausted from a long day of modeling at the National Academy, which was then compounded by an aggravating evening commute home. Tomorrow I get to do it all over again. So as I rest my weary body, tired feet, and get some red wine into me, I’m more than happy to post the first Music Monday of 2014.

Last week,  the classical music world lost a giant. Claudio Abbado, legendary conductor of La Scala, died at his home in Bologna, Italy at the age of 80. Coincidentally, today also happens to be Mozart’s birthday, so our video is of Abbado conducting Mozart’s “Requiem” with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and Bavarian and Swedish Radio Choirs. It’s one of the finest renditions I’ve heard. Check out the link above for the maestro’s obituary in the NY Times. His achievements in music are tremendous. And I would add that another great thing  about the man is that his name was Claudio, because we all know that variations of the name “Claud” belong to the coolest people 😎

Until next time, friends … your tired muse, Claudia.

6 thoughts on “A Maestro’s Requiem

  1. Bill says:

    And now we’ve lost Pete Seeger, too . . . sad.

    • artmodel says:


      I wake up to the radio as alarm instead of the buzzer. Announcement of Seeger’s death was the first thing I heard yesterday morning. Rough week for music.


  2. fredh1 says:

    Wow, what a great piece of music, great performance, and (for YouTube) excellent sound quality too!

    • artmodel says:


      Yes the sound quality is surprisingly good. I’ve heard so many versions of the Requiem and this one is pretty great.

      Thanks for your comments!


  3. Dave Rudin says:

    Perhaps the Verdi Requiem may have been more appropriate, as yesterday was not only the anniversary of the birth of Mozart, but also of the death of Giuseppe Verdi.

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