The world of classical music has lost another giant. Claudio Abbado, the justly celebrated conductor in both the concert hall and the opera house, died today at the age of 80. He leaves behind an extensive legacy of recorded performances that will continue to enrich the lives of classical music lovers now living and continue to do so for generations of classical music lovers to come. The New York Times obituary can be read here. Atque in perpetuum, Claudio, ave atque vale.