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The great Italian conductor Claudio Abbado blazed a trail around the world – from La Scala Milan to the London Symphony Orchestra, from Chicago to Vienna and Berlin. He was known for his Germanic orchestral repertoire as well as his interest in Rossini and Verdi.
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Abbado received numerous awards and recognitions throughout his illustrious career, including the Grand cross of the Légion d'honneur, the Imperial Prize of Japan, and honorary doctorates from the universities of Ferrara, Cambridge, Aberdeen, and Havana. He is survived by his son the opera director Daniele Abbado, and another son Misha, from his relationship with the violinist Viktoria Mullova.
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