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 Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:53:00 +0200 September 29 Schubert Recital at Philharmonie Berlin http://www.danielbarenboim.com/news/news/article/september-29-schubert-recital-at-philharmonie-berlin.html On September 29, Daniel Barenboim will give a solo recital of piano sonatas by Schubert at the... Purchase tickets to the September 29 recital. Discover the new record of Schubert’s complete Piano Sonatas. ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:53:00 +0200 Puccini’s Tosca and Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde inaugurate Barenboim’s 2014/15 operatic performances in Berlin http://www.danielbarenboim.com/news/news/article/puccinis-tosca-and-wagners-tristan-und-isolde-inaugurate-barenboims-201415-operatic-perfor.html Daniel Barenboim conducts his first operatic performances of the 2014/15 season at the Staatsoper... Purchase tickets for these performances. ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:42:00 +0200 Staatskapelle Berlin European Tour http://www.danielbarenboim.com/news/news/article/staatskapelle-berlin-european-tour.html This month Daniel Barenboim leads the Staatskapelle Berlin in three European performances,... Ein Heldenleben. The following evening on September 5, Barenboim and the Staatskapelle reprise their performance of Schubert and Strauss at the Rheingau Musik Festival. The September performances abroad conclude September 7 at Finlandia Hall as part of the Helsinki Festival. Discover Daniel Barenboim’s 2014/15 season.]]> Thu, 04 Sep 2014 16:26:00 +0200 Daniel Barenboim records complete Schubert Piano Sonatas on Deutsche Grammophon label http://www.danielbarenboim.com/news/news/article/daniel-barenboim-records-complete-schubert-piano-sonatas-on-deutsche-grammophon-label.html Daniel Barenboim has recorded Franz Schubert's complete Piano Sonatas on the Deutsche Grammophon... Daniel Barenboim has recorded Franz Schubert's complete Piano Sonatas on the Deutsche Grammophon label. The new release arrives internationally on August 18, 2014. Order the album here. Spending upwards of six hours a day recording all of the sonatas by Schubert, the experience offered news insights into the composer's work. Here below is a reflection by Daniel Barenboim: Schubert’s piano sonatas are something of a special case in music history. Only a few of them, such as the G major “Fantasie-Sonata”, were printed during his lifetime; the rest were published posthumously, and it was only with the publication of Deutsch’s systematic catalogue in the 20th century that they finally came to light. For various reasons, they were long seen by musicians as minor works. There’s one very telling story which seems plausible enough to me: back in 1934, the great pianist Artur Schnabel ran into the composer Sergei Rachmaninov at Abbey Road Studios in London. When asked what he was doing there, he answered: “I’m recording the Schubert sonatas.” Rachmaninov was a bit taken aback, and asked, “Really? Did Schubert write sonatas too?” Now Rachmaninov was, of course, an erudite, highly intelligent musician, no question about it – it was just that at the time, so few people were aware of Schubert as a composer of piano sonatas. And, if I’m honest, for much of my life I didn’t pay a great deal of attention to these wonderful works either. They barely played any role in my studies in the late 1940s. The A major Sonata was well known, but even the wonderful C minor was rarely, if ever, performed. For many years I was focused on other things, and these works simply passed me by. I had browsed through them, yes, and I’d played a few of them at home, but I had never explored them as a complete set. It wasn’t until 1978, when I was preparing the Impromptus and the C minor Sonata, among other things, for concerts to mark the 150th anniversary of Schubert’s death, that I came across his late sonatas. I was immediately captivated by them, and curious to find out more about them, but it’s taken me till now to find enough peace and time to give them my full attention. A project like this – the opportunity to focus exclusively on one composer – is a real luxury. I began to play the sonatas during my summer holidays and then I took them up again during the winter holidays at home. And now, having had the opportunity to sit alone with Schubert in a recording studio for more than six hours a day, I realise what a vital role these works played in his all-too-short musical life. When we look back over a composer’s career, we often become aware that some works more than others act as a kind of intimate journal of their lives. With Beethoven, it wasn’t the symphonies, as one might think, but the piano sonatas and quartets. Those are his most personal compositions. With Mozart, it’s perhaps the Da Ponte operas and the piano concertos. Where Schubert’s concerned we’ve always assumed that his Lieder are the touchstone, but I believe the piano sonatas are most certainly part of his journal too. When I was recording the full set of completed sonatas it became my ambition, for the audience and for myself, to shed new light on his life and works – to breathe life into that musical journal of his. It turned out to be an intense and fascinating voyage into these microcosms of harmonic sophistication. With some composers, the journal is easy to read. We all know that Beethoven had his early, middle and late periods. But what about Schubert, who died at 31? The amazing thing is that we can see how incredibly quickly he developed, only to have his life and career cut so tragically short. We can but imagine what might have happened if he had lived longer! I am convinced that he would have become one of the most revolutionary musicians of all time. As it is, in the music he did leave us we can hear traces of Bruckner, not to mention of Johann Strauss – sometimes when listening to his sonatas you feel as if you’re at a pianistic New Year’s Concert. It’s quite astonishing! What is particularly striking, when you immerse yourself in his sonatas, is that Schubert is a master of contrast. Unlike, say, Wagner, he doesn’t need a big, broad dynamic apparatus to achieve the effects he wants. His contrasts are often based on modulations in the harmony or on a deliberate uncertainty between major and minor. I personally feel a close affinity to this wealth of variety and sudden changes in temperament. It has nothing to do with effort, as it does in Wagner, where that effort is part of the expressive structure. With Schubert it’s not like that – there’s usually laughter amid the tears with him. His sonatas are therefore also revelatory because they achieve something people rarely can: they bring conflicting emotions together in harmonious unity. Sometimes a single motif can evoke a sense of joy and, simultaneously, provide a glimpse into an abyss of unspeakable melancholy. The truth is, it’s impossible to put all this into words. But that’s the whole point of music: if we could explain it, we wouldn’t have to play it. For me, the process of recording all the Schubert sonatas in one go was also about exploring the effect this music has on us. After conducting something like Götterdämmerung, of course you can’t just go home and forget about it – it’s too overwhelming an experience for that. But I was surprised at how Schubert affected me: having spent six hours or more in intimate communion with his music, I would find myself in a place of total quietude and contentment. The infinite feeling of happiness which I discovered during those hours resonates to this very day. For my belated encounter with Schubert’s sonatas I am filled with gratitude. – Daniel Barenboim]]> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 16:32:00 +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