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Why can't the world's greatest classical music festival manage to arrange a visit from the world's most exciting orchestra? Plus Abbado's vintage Mozart

By Stephen Everson   September 2006

Longing for the LFO As I write, this year’s Lucerne festival is getting underway and the performances of Mahler’s 6th by the festival’s orchestra under Claudio Abbado will no doubt have been greeted with appropriate adulation. In a properly ordered world, Abbado and his orchestra would move on from Lucerne to make a triumphant visit to the Proms before they disband for the year, but once again the “world’s greatest classical music festival” hasn’t managed to arrange a visit from the world’s most exciting orchestra. In the meantime, those of us not rich enough to take up residence in Lucerne…

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