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Daniel Barenboim

Sunday, February 26, 2017


Guardian

January 26

Barenboim, Bernstein and the Berlin Phil: Southbank Centre launches 2017-18 season

GuardianThe season will see the Queen Elizabeth Hall reopen and visits from Barenboim’s West-East Divan Orchestra and Rattle’s Berlin Philharmonic, while artistic director Jude Kelly spoke of the need for people to ‘bump into’ classical musicDaniel Barenboim brings his West-Eastern Divan Orchestra to the Southbank Centre in London for the first time in the 2017-18 season for another first: a tribute concert to his first wife, the late cellist Jacqueline du Pré. Du Pré was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1973 and died in 1987 aged 42. The illness prevented her performing, but she dedicated her last years to working for the cause of MS research. Barenboim’s October 2017 concert will feature works by Tchaikovsky and Strauss, with the young Austrian-Persian cellist Kian Soltani as soloist, and will raise funds for the MS Society. “MS remains a cruel disease,” said Barenboim. “It can be an illness that destroys the very essence of what it means to be a human being. Every effort must be made to work towards finding a cure.” Continue reading...

My Classical Notes

February 12

A Mozart Masterpiece

The Sinfonia Concertante for violin and viola has been one of my favorites… Today I heard this masterpiece performed by the Berlin Staatskapelle, with Daniel Barenboim conducting. It was wonderful. Here, for your own enjoyment, is a section of this masterpiece …






On An Overgrown Path

January 5

Music that matters in the 21st century

A recent post about Warner's re-issue of André Previn conducting the three great Tchaikovsky ballets generated much interest. So now I am highlighting another Warner reissue well worth seeking out. Daniel Barenboim's account with the English Chamber Orchestra of Mozart's piano concertos was originally recorded by EMI in Studio 1 Abbey Road with Suvi Raj Grubb as producer, and the transfer onto 10 CDs is now an astonishing bargain at sub-budget price. The recordings were made in the late 1960s and early 1970s long before Brand Barenboim became classical music's equivalent of Brand Beckham. So this is music and music making that speaks directly to our times without gratuitous intermediation. Any reader still in doubt as to Norman Lebrecht's credentials as a cultural commentator is referred to his legendary 2005 appreciation of Mozart. Norman's laudation can be read via this link and his concluding paragraph is extracted below. Mozart is a menace to musical progress, a relic of rituals that were losing relevance in his own time and are meaningless to ours. Beyond a superficial beauty and structural certainty, Mozart has nothing to give to mind or spirit in the 21st century. Let him rest. Ignore the commercial onslaught. Play the Leningrad Symphony. Listen to music that matters.No review samples used in this post. Any copyrighted material is included as "fair use" for critical analysis, and will be removed at the request of copyright owner(s). Reluctantly also on Facebook and Twitter.

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