I consider it as a privilege that I have known Abbado personally. Both of us attended the Dimitri Mitropoulos competition in 1963 in New York. In that time he was already a remarkable talent, I was a baby. It was easy to admit that he deserved the first price.
He experienced the music deep inside. I have never seen him using a score!
Beside that he was a modest and casual type of person, and he knew exactly how two deal with his fellow musicians, meanwhile keeping a natural distance. His orchestra loved him, in contrast to the previous boss, von Karaján. We may say that Abbado was one of the greatest conductors of the last 50 years. I highly recommend this DVD.