I worship Claudio Abbado, because he embodies classical music at its best. He shows in this record his special affinity with the composer who facilitated the transition between19th century tonalism and 20th century atonalism. The 'Resurrection' symphony is truly a monument. Abbado has an intimate knowledge of the score, a paintstakingly accurate attention to the details and a total commitment to the work. You will never forget the final apotheosis, brass instruments blaring, when he opens his arms, jubilant and exhausted, sharing with his outstanding musicians all his love for music and for life.