'Abbado's land cascades down a steep slope into the Mediterranean, and you have to negotiate a series of crazily angled wooden walkways, designed by him, to get to his beach and the pier for his yacht' - Tom Service in today's Guardian.Stockhausen, chaotic music and communism here.
'He was actively interested in politics, particularly in Italy. He organized a concert at La Scala to oppose the Italian Fascist Party prior to an election. Eventually he became aligned—in the minds of journalists in particular—with the Italian Communist Party, even though he was never a party member'- biography of Claudio Abbado (seen above) on eNotes.com
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