Daniel Barenboim - Latest News http://www.danielbarenboim.com/ Latest news from Daniel Barenboim official website en Daniel Barenboim - Latest News http://www.danielbarenboim.com/typo3conf/ext/tt_news/ext_icon.gif http://www.danielbarenboim.com/ 18 16 Latest news from Daniel Barenboim official website TYPO3 - get.content.right http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:34:00 +0200 Daniel Barenboim leads West-Eastern Divan in summer workshop & tour with Teatro Colón residency, European festivals and world premieres http://www.danielbarenboim.com/news/news/article/daniel-barenboim-leads-west-eastern-divan-in-summer-workshop-tour-with-teatro-colon-residency-eu.html Daniel Barenboim and the members of the West-Eastern Divan reunite in Buenos Aires for a... Explore the summer concerts & residency here. Founded 15 years ago in 1999 by pianist/conductor Daniel Barenboim and the Palestinian author/scholar Edward Said, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra is comprised of musicians from Palestine, Israel, and other Arab countries – as well as musicians from Spain and Germany. In joining together to perform, the orchestra reaffirms its commitment to promote mutual understanding, non-violence, and reconciliation through music. The Divan’s Teatro Colón residency opens August 3 with a concert performance of Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto with the esteemed Argentinian pianist Martha Argerich led by the orchestra’s co-founder Daniel Barenboim. The inaugural program features works by Maurice Ravel, whose music the Divan performs in concert in Buenos Aires (August 11 & 13), at the Lucerne Festival (August 18), BBC Proms (August 20), Salzburg Festival (August 22), and the Waldbühne, Berlin (August 24). As part of the orchestra’s residency, Martha Argerich joins the orchestra on August 9 for a unique concert that includes Stravinsky’s L’histoire du soldat and Saint-Saëns' Le Carnaval des animaux, in collaboration with the comedy troupe Les Luthiers. The residency will also include a public symposium, with details forthcoming. New Commissions: Ayal Adler & Kareem Roustom In addition, the orchestra premieres two new works commissioned by the Divan: Syrian-born composer Kareem Roustom’s Ramal and Israeli composer Ayal Adler’s Resonating Sounds. The world premieres take place August 11 & 13 at the Teatro Colón. The Orchestra will also premiere Roustom's and Adler’s new work at the Lucerne Festival on August 17, at the BBC Proms on August 20, and at the Salzburg Festival on August 22.  Read the composers’ introductions to their new compositions. Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Throughout their summer tour, the Divan performs the Second Act and Liebestod to Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde in concert with a cast of operatic luminaries who include Peter Seiffert, Waltraud Meier, Ekaterina Gubanova, René Pape, and Stephan Rugämer (Salzburg). Performances take place August 4, 6, 10 & 12 in Buenos Aires, August 17 in Lucerne, and August 21 in Salzburg. Waldbühnenkonzert 2014 In keeping with their annual tradition, the orchestra’s summer activities culminate with their annual Waldbühnenkonzert, taking place this year on August 24. The orchestra’s co-founder Daniel Barenboim conducts and plays in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-flat Major, KV 595 and also leads the Divan in Ravel’s Rapsodie espagnoleAlbadora del graciosoPavane pour une infante defunte, and Bolero. Explore the summer 2014 schedule here.]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:34:00 +0200 Peral Music Releases Piano Duos Album, Featuring Daniel Barenboim and Martha Argerich http://www.danielbarenboim.com/news/news/article/peral-music-releases-piano-duos-album-featuring-daniel-barenboim-and-martha-argerich.html Peral Music, Daniel Barenboim’s digital record label, releases an extraordinary new album of piano... Order the album now exclusively from iTunes. The new release is the culmination of a friendship extending back to the musical soirées of 1949 Buenos Aires. “We sight-read and played with whomever was in town,” Daniel Barenboim remembers. “We were the two little wunderkinder,” recalls Martha Argerich. “We played children’s games under the table,” says Barenboim. “I used to hide, but he would find me,” Argerich laughs. Astonishingly, in view of what these two child talents were later to become in the keyboard world, the two great Buenos Aires-born pianists do not seem to have ever played at the piano together at those now distant Rosenthal chamber music evenings. Even so, more than 60 years later, Daniel Barenboim remembers listening to his eight-year-old friend playing Chopin’s C sharp minor Étude from op. 10 “with exactly the same fire and brilliance that she plays it with today”. Martha Argerich just remembers that “Daniel played everything. His enormous repertoire was already amazing. My mother used to say, ‘Oh, why can’t you be like Daniel?’ ” The program was the result of friendly negotiations between the two pianists. “We always speak in Spanish – well, Argentinian!” says Barenboim. Mozart was an obvious choice. “I am completely crazy about Daniel’s Mozart playing,” says Argerich. “He is like a singer in every phrase, but for me Mozart is difficult and I was nervous about it.” Argerich had played the D major Sonata for Two Pianos before, but when Barenboim suggested that the sonata should be played with a very controlled dynamic, it suddenly sounded right. The two pianists played the Mozart side by side, Barenboim’s piano closer to the front of the platform and Argerich’s at the back. Schubert’s Variations on an Original Theme in A flat major had been part of the Barenboim–Argerich program all those years before in Paris. Now, with one piano wheeled temporarily to the wings, the two sat side by side at the one instrument. Argerich chose to play the bottom part. “She is a wonderful accompanist,” says Barenboim, “and I think she also wanted to control the pedals and the balance.” But it was the second part of the program that clinched the deal for the Barenboim and Argerich reunion and that most of the audience had probably come to hear. Prior to the premiere of Le Sacre du Printemps, Stravinsky had himself prepared a four-hand piano arrangement of the orchestral score – and even gave an early private performance of it with his friend Claude Debussy – but Argerich had never played it before. She learnt the score specially for the Berlin recital. “I didn’t feel inhibited by the difficulties, though it certainly is difficult, rhythmically in particular,” she says. “But I think it worked. We were very happy with it.”]]> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:06:00 +0200 Reger and Bruckner with Wiener Philharmoniker at Salzburg Festival http://www.danielbarenboim.com/news/news/article/reger-and-bruckner-with-wiener-philharmoniker-at-salzburg-festival.html On July 23, 2014, Daniel Barenboim appears at the Salzburg Festival to conduct the Wiener... Requiem. Plácido Domingo guests with Barenboim and the orchestra in Reger’s “Hebbel Requiem,” which also features the Wiener Singverein. Barenboim and Domingo performed the Requiem at the Staatsoper Berlin’s Festtage earlier this spring. Barenboim returns to the Salzburg Festival later this summer with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, an ensemble comprised of Arab and Israeli musicians. On August 21, he and the orchestra perform the Prélude, Act II, and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde with a leading cast that includes Peter Seiffert, Waltraud Meier, Ekaterina Gubanova, René Pape, and Stephane Rügamer. On August 22, Barenboim leads the Divan in the Austrian premieres of Ayal Adler’s Resonating Sounds and Kareem Roustom’s Ramal for Orchestra. ]]> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:04:00 +0200 European Tour with Staatskapelle Berlin Takes Barenboim and Orchestra to Paris, Madrid, Barcelona http://www.danielbarenboim.com/news/news/article/european-tour-with-staatskapelle-berlin-takes-barenboim-and-orchestra-to-paris-madrid-barcelona.html From July 2 to 7, Daniel Barenboim leads the Staatskapelle Berlin on European tour, performing in... Don Quixote and Ein Heldenleben July 2 at the Salle Pleyel, Paris; on July 5 at the Auditorio Nacional, Madrid; and on July 7 at the Palau de la Música, Barcelona. Performances of Elgar’s Second Symphony are paired with Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto, featuring guest soloist Radu Lupu, in Paris (July 3) and with Schubert’s Symphony No. 8, “Unfinished” (July 7).]]> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 16:45:00 +0200 Live online and in European cinemas: Daniel Barenboim performs Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 with Sir Simon Rattle and Berliner Philharmoniker http://www.danielbarenboim.com/news/news/article/live-online-and-in-european-cinemas-daniel-barenboim-performs-brahms-piano-concerto-no-1-with-sir.html On Wednesday, June 18, Daniel Barenboim guests with the Berliner Philharmoniker conducted by Sir... Purchase simulcast tickets here. Barenboim recently led the Berliner Philharmoniker in its annual Europakonzert, which this year celebrated the Argentine Israeli pianist and conductor's 50-year association with the German orchestra. He first appeared with the Berlin Philharmoniker in June 1964, when he soloed in Béla Bartók’s First Piano Concerto under the direction of Pierre Boulez.]]> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 16:52:00 +0200 Così fan tutte at Teatro alla Scala http://www.danielbarenboim.com/news/news/article/cosi-fan-tutte-at-teatro-alla-scala.html From June 19 to 30, Daniel Barenboim conducts a new production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte at the... Così fan tutte at the Teatro alla Scala. The La Scala Music Director leads his second Mozart opera at the Milan House with a staging by Claus Guth. The leading cast includes Maria Bengtsson as Fiordiligi, Katija Dragojevic as her sister Dorabella, Adam Plachetka as Guglielmo, Rolando Villazón as his co-conspirator Ferrando, Serena Malfi as the cunning Despina, and Michele Pertusi as Don Alfonso.  Details here.]]> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 16:51:00 +0200 Max Reger Requiem with Wiener Philharmoniker http://www.danielbarenboim.com/news/news/article/max-reger-requiem-with-wiener-philharmoniker.html Daniel Barenboim conducts the Wiener Philharmoniker at the Musikverein in concerts as pat of Wiener... Requiem and Bruckner’s Fourth Symphony in E-Flat Major, “Romantic.” The following day on June 15, Barenboim conducts the Wiener Philharmoniker in a program that frames Reger’s Requiem with Schubert’s Gesang der Geister über den Wassern, D 714 and Mozart’s Symphony in C Major, KV 551, “Jupiter.”]]> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 16:49:00 +0200 Staatsoper für alle concert on Bebelplatz Berlin and worldwide lifestream 1 June, 2014 http://www.danielbarenboim.com/news/news/article/staatsoper-fuer-alle-concert-on-bebelplatz-berlin-and-worldwide-lifestream-1-june-2014.html Music Director Daniel Barenboim conducts the Staatskapelle Berlin on the city's Bebelplatz for... Staatsoper’s website. This year’s program includes performances of Wagner’s “Einzug der Gäste” from Tannhäuser with the Staatsopernchor, Beethoven’s Concerto for violin and orchestra in D major with guest soloist Lisa Batiashvili, and Stravinsky’s Le sacre du printemps. Entry is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required. ]]> Fri, 30 May 2014 17:50:00 +0200 May performances include Staatskapelle concert in Dresden, La Scala recital with Rolando Villazón, and solo piano recitals at Klavier Festival Ruhr and Alte Oper Frankfurt http://www.danielbarenboim.com/news/news/article/may-performances-include-staatskapelle-concert-in-dresden-la-scala-recital-with-rolando-villazon.html In the coming weeks, Daniel Barenboim appears onstage as pianist and conductor, beginning May 23 at... Ein Heldenleben and Wagner’s Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and the Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde. Last week, Barenboim led the Staatskapelle in the orchestra’s first performance in Armenia. On May 25, Daniel Barenboim joins tenor Rolando Villazón for a vocal recital at the Teatro alla Scala. The La Scala Music Director and Mexican tenor perform Robert Schumann’s Dichterliebe, Manuel de Falla’s Siete Canciones populares españolas, and selections from Giuseppe Verdi’s Sei Romanze and from Fernando Obradors’s Canciones clásicas españolas. On May 27 and 28, Barenboim gives solo piano recitals at the Klavier Festival Ruhr and Alte Oper in Frankfurt, respectively, where he presents an all-Schubert program comprising the composer’s Piano Sonatas in E-Flat D568, A Minor D784, and D Major D580. ]]> Wed, 21 May 2014 20:02:00 +0200 Barenboim honored with Royal Philharmonic Society Conductor Award for Proms Ring Cycle with Staatskapelle Berlin http://www.danielbarenboim.com/news/news/article/barenboim-honored-with-royal-philharmonic-society-conductor-award-for-proms-ring-cycle-with-staatska.html Daniel Barenboim has been honored with the Royal Philharmonic Society Conductor Award for his... Ring cycle at the BBC Proms last summer. The Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards are the highest recognition for live classical music-making in the United Kingdom. Learn more about the awards here.]]> Wed, 14 May 2014 16:23:00 +0200