Sunday, December 4, 2016
He will conduct the Staatskapelle at Carnegie Hall in the complete symphonies in January. Announcement: 24.11.2016 | Januar 2017: Daniel Barenboim und die Staatskapelle Berlin bringen in der New Yorker Carnegie Hall erstmals in der nordamerikanischen Musikgeschichte den kompletten Bruckner-Zyklus zur Aufführung
The salaries of Daniel Barenboim and Sir Simon Rattle as heads of the Staatsoper and the Berlin Philharmonic are not a matter of public record, as they would be in the US. The incoming culture senator Klaus Lederer, a member of the Left party, intends to share the information when he takes office in ten days’ time, according to local reports. Will anyone be shocked?
Batiashvili/Staatskapelle Berlin/Barenboim (Deutsche Grammophon)Naming the soloist on the last concerto recording you heard is probably easy. But can you name the orchestra? On this disc, there’s no danger of forgetting that it’s Daniel Barenboim’s Berlin Staatskapelle; the quality of the orchestral playing, the warmth and depth of tone are constant reminders. They offer worthy support to outstanding, insightful performances from violinist Lisa Batiashvili, who, like Barenboim, here commits the Tchaikovsky concerto to disc for the first time. She’s a dreamy-sounding, inward soloist at the start, shaping the melodies with care yet propelling them forward – this mammoth work has rarely seemed so concise. The Sibelius soars and sings in the first movement, and dances in the finale with a rare agility. As for Barenboim, he gives the orchestral parts the depth and scope of symphonies: the climax of the first movement of the Sibelius will knock you flat. Continue reading...
If you enjoy music for violin and orchestra, then this new recording is for you. It features two composers whose music is so often passionate and tender. But also two performers who are amazing figures in classical music of our day. Here are some details: Tchaikovsky & Sibelius Violin Concertos Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47 Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35 Performed by Lisa Batiashvili (violin), with the Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim conducting. Lisa Batiashvili and the Staatskapelle Berlin under Daniel Barenboim’s baton present an unforgettable version of Tchaikovsky’s and Sibelius’ violin concertos, two of the most beloved, passionate and demanding pieces for violin and orchestra This album celebrates a Powerful collaboration of one of the finest violinists of our times with one of the best orchestras of the world and the legendary pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim. Ten years ago Daniel Barenboim initiated Berlin’s open-air concerts on the historic Bebelplatz. In each of the last four years the guest soloist has been Lisa Batiashvili, who on each occasion has performed one of the world’s great violin concertos: Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky in 2015 and in this year, Sibelius. As Lisa recalls, her musical partnership with Daniel Barenboim started over the phone: “Barenboim heard me for the first time during a television broadcast of the Sibelius Concerto with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Shortly afterwards he rang me up to congratulate me and ask me if we could perform the piece together.” Here is a six minute extract, showing a rehearsal for this performance.
His latest mini-lecture addresses conflicting perceptions in Beethoven’s opus 10/3. Barenboim argues that these two irreconcilable views encapsulate the futility of ascribing meaning to a piece of music. But if music has no meaning except sound why would it occupy the human mind? Surely music must mean more than the notes on the page? […]