Claudio Abbado was born in Milan on June 26, 1933 the son of a violinist father and conservatory professor, and pianist mother. In (d) image Claudio Abbado with pianist Maurizio Pollini (i) before a concert with the Berlin Philharmonic in 2008.
Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) was a late Romantic composer, whose later Symphonies and Song Cycles gave a foretaste of modern atonality. His symphonies were on a grand scale, often lasting more than an hour and played by huge orchestras. He had a significant influence on later composers and his most popular piece is the Adagietto from his 5th symphony used in the movie "Death in Venice".
Franz Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in C- Sharp Minor Franz Liszt, 1811-1886. Regarded as the greatest pianist of all time, Listz's genius extended far beyond the piano to expand musical composition and performance well beyond its 19th century limitations.
Herbert von Karajan (1908 – 1989) was an Austrian conductor. He was principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic for 35 years. He is generally regarded as one of the greatest conductors of the 20th century, and he was a dominant figure in European classical music from the 1960s until his death. By one estimate he was the top-selling classical music recording artist of all time, having sold an estimated 200 million records, 1955 - by Fred Stein (1909 – 1967), German