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 Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:06:00 +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 Barenboim-Said Akademie begins construction http://www.danielbarenboim.com/news/news/article/barenboim-said-akademie-begins-construction.html A new, unique music academy is taking shape in Berlin: Starting in the fall of 2016, gifted young... The Barenboim-Said Academy The Barenboim-Said Academy was founded by Daniel Barenboim in Berlin on July 31, 2012 as a non-profit organization. Its aim is to educate young students from the countries of the Middle East in music and the humanities. The Academy will launch its first pedagogic programs already next year when the first scholarship holders from Israel and the Arab world will begin their studies in a pilot phase. The Academy is an extension of the successful tradition of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra under the leadership of Daniel Barenboim. For the past 15 years, the ensemble has brought together musicians from the various countries and societies of the Middle East. For six weeks every year, it travels to the world’s most prestigious venues as part of its summer tour. The Founders Daniel Barenboim is the General Music Director of the Staatsoper in Berlin, a post he has held since 1992. In 2011, he was appointed to the same position at La Scala in Milan. Barenboim was born in Buenos Aires in 1942. At the age of five, he started piano lessons with his mother. Later, he also studied with his father. Barenboim gave his first public concert at the age of seven in Buenos Aires; he made his international debut as solo pianist in Vienna and Rome at the age of ten. As a nine-year-old, he moved to Israel with his family. “The eleven-year-old Barenboim,” said the German conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler at the time, “is a phenomenon.” Between 1975 and 1989, Daniel Barenboim acted as principal conductor of the Orchestre de Paris. From 1981 to 1999, he conducted in Bayreuth, and from 1991 through June of 2006, he was Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In Chicago, the orchestra members named him honorary conductor, and in Berlin the Staatsoper unter den Linden appointed him a principal conductor for life. In 2006, Barenboim held the Norton Lectures at Harvard University, which have been published as Music Quickens Time, one of his many books. Together with Edward Said, he co-authored Parallels and Paradoxes: Explorations in Music and Society. His musical oeuvre has been documented in over 500 audio and video recordings. Edward W. Said was born in 1935 in Jerusalem, raised in Cairo, and studied in the United States at Princeton and Harvard. In 1963, he began his teaching career at Columbia University in New York, where he held the preeminent position of University Professor of English and Comparative Literature until his death in 2003. He wrote more than 20 books, which have been translated into 30 languages. His ground-breaking work Orientalism opened up new horizons in the study of post-colonialism. Said was active in the editorial committees of numerous magazines and journals and lectured at more than 200 universities in North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. A gifted pianist, he also was the music critic for The Nation for many years. In the political sphere, he was a major voice on the situation in Palestine and an unflinching proponent of justice and self-determination for all. Edward Said was the president of the Modern Language Association as well as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Royal Society of Literature, the American Philosophical Society, and Honorary Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge. He also was a member of the executive board of PEN International until 1998. Since Edward Said’s death, his widow Mariam C. Said has been actively involved in the running of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra as the Vice President of the Barenboim-Said Foundation USA.]]> Tue, 06 May 2014 18:14:00 +0200