Daniel Barenboim

Conductor

Daniel Barenboim

Daniel Barenboim (born November 15, 1942) is an Argentinean-Israeli pianist and conductor. He was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina; his parents were Russian Jews. He holds both Israeli and Spanish citizenship.

Barenboim first came to fame as a pianist but now is as well-known as a conductor, and for his work with mixed orchestras of Arabs and Jews, and for his collaboration with Palestinian activist Edward Said.

In 2001, Barenboim sparked a controversy in Israel by conducting the music of Wagner.

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Hommage à Boulez

Hommage à Boulez


Boulez:

Dérive II

Live BBC Proms recording

Daniel Barenboim

Dialogue de L'Ombre Double

Live BBC Proms recording

Daniel Barenboim

Mémoriale

Live BBC Proms recording

Daniel Barenboim

Le Marteau sans maître

Live 85th birthday recording

Pierre Boulez

Anthèmes 2

Live 85th birthday recording

Daniel Barenboim

Messagesquisse

Live 85th birthday recording

Daniel Barenboim


Hommage à Boulez celebrates Daniel Barenboim’s and Pierre Boulez’ association, starting in June 1964, that for length and multifariousness, has few parallels in the history of music. Boulez became the first musician that Barenboim invited to share in conducting the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra (in 2007, at the Salzburg Festival). Features a selection of Boulez’ most iconic works out of live recordings from the BBC Proms Beethoven-Boulez cycle of concerts (London, Royal Albert Hall, July 2012), and Boulez’s 85th birthday concert (Berlin, Staatsoper Unter den Linden, 4 April 2010), all performed by members of the West Eastern Divan orchestra. Boulez conducts members of the WEDO and Hilary Summers in his own work Le Marteau sans maître.

“A superb tribute comprising live recordings of solo and chamber pieces…Le Marteau sans maître [is] conducted with age-defying vigour by Boulez himself and exquisitely sung by Hilary Summers…Dérive 2 is simply breathtaking: in compositional scope and its precise yet fluid performance by the 11 virtuosos soloists under Barenboim’s taut direction” BBC Music Magazine, July 2017 *****

“By my reckoning, this is Boulez’s fifth recording of [Le Marteau Sans Maître] that defines his own music better than any other; it’s perhaps more expressively flexible than earlier ones, but just as precise, and Summers makes a compelling soloist.” The Guardian, 16th March 2017 ****

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Wagner: Parsifal

Wagner: Parsifal


Andreas Schager (Parsifal), Anja Kampe (Kundry), Wolfgang Koch (Amfortas), René Pape (Gurnemanz), Tomas Tómasson (Klingsor), Matthias Hölle (Titurel)

Staatskapelle Berlin, Staatsopernchor, Konzertchor der Staatsoper, Daniel Barenboim & Dmitri Tcherniakov (director)

Wagner’s final opera is a medieval epic story marked by Christian, Buddhist and esoteric references. It is about redemption and renewal, but this new production by Russian director Dmitri Tcherniakov adds a jarring note: revenge.

“Musically it’s first-class…the casting is pretty much ideal and all deliver superbly. Kampe proves with her gleaming high notes that this role needs a soprano…[Schager] has both weight and lyricism. Pape now colours more committedly than in previous recordings of the role; Koch and Tómasson also do very well” Gramophone Magazine, October 2016

“A fresh take on the opera that will challenge and provoke you.” MusicWeb International, October 2016

“Tcherniakov has established himself as one of our most important directors of opera, and this foray into Wagner shows why, with its mix of respect for the drama and its traditions, and its innovative ideas...A must for anyone with Wagnerian inclinations.” New York Times, 24th November 2016

“Daniel Barenboim’s conducting - patient, serious and drawing beautiful playing from the Staatskapelle - is a good match for Tcherniakov’s concentrated, melancholy vision of the work. It’s beautifully shot, too.” Opera, February 2017

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Mahler: Symphony No. 9

Mahler: Symphony No. 9

Berlin Philharmonie, 2010


Gustav Mahler’s colossal Ninth Symphony, the culmination of the Austrian composer’s achievements, in a landmark live performance from the Berliner Philharmonie. This concert formed part of The Mahler Project: Daniel Barenboim and Pierre Boulez, two friends and very different world-class conductors, tackling all nine completed symphonies of Mahler with the Staatskapelle Berlin. Before embarking on this journey Barenboim and Boulez entered into a long period of reflection and discussion. For the accompanying documentary, director Christoph Engel compiled a rich selection of statements, conversations and musical excerpts by both conductors that provides a guide to the world of Mahler’s towering symphonies.

BONUS: THE MAHLER PROJECT - Daniel Barenboim and Pierre Boulez working on the symphonies of Gustav Mahler.

Running Time Total: 101 mins

Concert: 79 mins / Bonus: 22 mins

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Subtitles Bonus: English, German

“An impulsive first movement with forensic attention to the grim reapers of the wind section…and a series of scarifying climaxes, the last and biggest of which is truly a ride to the abyss…[this] reading is the more radical for its ‘life is too short’ urgency. The playing is predictably superb” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2016

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Haydn & Boccherini: Cello Concertos

Haydn & Boccherini: Cello Concertos

Stereo · Recorded In 1967


Boccherini:

Cello Concerto No. 9 in B flat major, G 482

London Symphony Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli

Haydn:

Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major, Hob. VIIb:1

English Chamber Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim

Cello Concerto No. 2 in D major, Hob. VIIb:2 (Op. 101)

English Chamber Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim


Jacqueline du Pré, performing with the two conductors most closely associated with her career, brings characteristic exuberance, passion and colour to three cello concertos rooted in the 18th century. In his memoir A Life In Music, Daniel Barenboim wrote: “I have never encountered anyone for whom music was such a natural form of expression as it was for Jacqueline … She had a capacity to imagine sound such as I never met in any other musician.”

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Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K492

Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K492

Recorded live at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin, 1999


René Pape (Figaro), Dorothea Röschmann (Susanna), Emily Magee (Countess Almaviva), Roman Trekel (Count Almaviva) & Peter Schreier (Basilio)

Staatskapelle Berlin & Staatsopernchor, Daniel Barenboim (conductor) & Thomas Langhoff (stage director)

Special new release of the first official Arthaus Musik Production from the original HD material.

This memorable recording from the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin was Arthaus Musik’s first official release in 2000. It features one of the most popular Mozart operas, Le Nozze di Figaro (the Marriage of Figaro), a witty satire on the authority of the reigning noble class and infidelity in love relationships. Starring a great cast of singers with Dorothea Röschmann, René Pape, Emily Magee and Peter Schreier – to name but a few – this performance is conducted by Daniel Barenboim, chief conductor of the Berlin State Orchestra since 1992, named conductor for life by the orchestra in 2000.

The specialized press and the public cheered this production of Le Nozze di Figaro at the Mozart Festival of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin as a veritable “festival of voices“ and a “complete success”.

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Running Time: 191 mins

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Wagner: Tristan und Isolde

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde

Sung in German. Live from Il Teatro alla Scala di Milano – December 2007.


Waltraud Meier (Isolde), Ian Storey (Tristan), Michelle DeYoung (Brangaene), Gerd Grochowski (Kurwenal), Matti Salminen (Konig Marke), Willy Hartmann II (Melot), Ryland Davies (Hirt), Ernesto Panariello (Steuermann), Alfredo Nigro (Stimme eines jungen Seemanns)

Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Daniel Barenboim (conductor) & Patrice Chéreau (stage director)

“The gaudiest event of the opera season in Europe, La Scala’s opener on Dec. 7 was a sublime new version of Tristan und Isolde directed by Patrice Chéreau under the baton of the house’s new principal guest conductor, Daniel Barenboim. ….. Mr. Barenboim, who knows this opera as well as anyone, drew rich, densely textured, multilayered sounds from his players.’ New York Times

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Mahler: Symphony No. 9

Mahler: Symphony No. 9

recorded live at Teatro La Scala in November 2014


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Strauss: Four Last Songs

Strauss: Four Last Songs

Deluxe Hard cover book version


Strauss, R:

Vier letzte Lieder

Anna Netrebko (soprano)

Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40


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• Saving the best for last in the Richard Strauss anniversary 2014. The world’s most luxurious soprano, Anna Netrebko, sings Richard Strauss’ sumptuous Four Last Songs, accompanied by the Staatskapelle Berlin and Daniel Barenboim. An irresistible, all-star combination.

• Netrebko is a phenomenon. The world’s best-selling active soprano and quite simply, the undisputed superstar – “la prima donna assoluta" (New York Post) – of opera today. Known equally for her poise, her sensuality and her voice’s unmistakable color, Strauss’s elegiac Four Last Songs are an exquisite vehicle for her expressive gifts: Netrebko’s first recording of these gorgeous, iconic songs.

• Barenboim: conductor, pianist, humanitarian - perhaps the world’s most complete living musician. A venerated interpreter of Wagner, Mozart, Beethoven and Bruckner, in many ways the music of Richard Strauss represents the apotheosis of Barenboim’s musical ethos. In 1954, the then 11 year-old Barenboim was introduced to his idol, conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler. It was Furtwängler who conducted the world premiere of Strauss’ Four Last Songs in 1949

• The Staatskapelle Berlin, one of Germany’s oldest and most prestigious orchestras boasts a proud Strauss tradition including great performances and recording under the composer himself, as well as under great Straussians Felix Weingartner, Leo Blech, Erich Kleiber, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Otto Klemperer, Clemens Krauss, Hans Knappertsbusch, Joseph Keilberth, Ottmar Suitner and Daniel Barenboim.

• The Staatskapelle and Barenboim then interpret Ein Heldenleben, one of the most vivid and popular tone poems by Strauss, who himself was Generalmusikdirektor of the Staatskapelle a century ago.

“She brings a suitably dusky, veiled tone to the entire cycle, with plenty of colour and presence in the middle and lower reaches of the voice...she doesn’t go in for the very detailed word-painting of some earlier recordings, but her broader approach to text comes with its own pay-offs: the mood of each phrase is exquisitely judged, and everything feels fresh and spontaneous rather than micro-managed.” Presto Classical, 24th November 2014

“Netrebko sings with an opulence of voice and colour that doubters should be silenced.” Financial Times, 5th December 2014 ****

“[Barenboim's] performance revels in the colours that this fabulous orchestra draws from the score...Barenboim’s account doesn’t swagger as much as some, favouring Wagnerian weightiness instead. It’s the orchestral playing the solo horn and violin especially – that’s the real treat in the Four Last Songs, too.” The Guardian, 18th December 2014 ***

“[Netrebko] radiates a gorgeous tone, beautifully calibrated in mood and inflection...Barenboim [is] thoroughly at one in finding the music's natural contours and the significant points of instrumental detail...he directs a dramatic but reasoned interpretation [of Ein Heldenleben], by no means grandstanding or overinflated but following the musical narrative with clear ideas” Gramophone Magazine, January 2015

“hers is a potentially magnificent instrument imperfectly wielded...One or two odd vowel sounds apart, the German isn't bad...Near-miraculous engineering gives us phenomenal details...but also overblows Daniel Barenboim's most emphatic moments.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2015 **

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Verdi: Il Trovatore

Verdi: Il Trovatore


Anna Netrebko (Leonora), Gaston Rivero (Manrico), Plácido Domingo (Il Conte di Luna), Marina Prudenskaya (Azucena), Adrian Sampetrean (Ferrando), Anna Lapkovskaja (Ines)

Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim

Filmed live in Berlin, Anna Netrebko and Plácido Domingo star in one of Verdi’s greatest operas, under the baton of Daniel Barenboim.

Il Trovatore is without question one of Verdi’s most dramatic masterpieces – as well as one of his most melodic and including the irresistible ‘Anvil Chorus’ and the tenor showstopper ‘Di quella pira’.

Anna Netrebko makes her debut as Leonora, triumphing in a uniquely demanding role for a Verdi soprano and one she will sing again at the 2014 Salzburg Festival.

Adored for his legendary performances in the title role, Plácido Domingo here sings the baritone role of the troubador’s arch-rival, the aristocratic Count di Luna.

Celebrated film-maker Philipp Stölzl, well-known for his groundbreaking video collaborations with Rammstein and Madonna, directs his first Verdi opera, creating an extraordinarily powerful visual and visceral theatrical experience, unlike any other production of the opera.

The roles of the troubadour and the gypsy Azucena are taken by Uruguayan tenor Gaston Rivero and Russian mezzo-soprano Marina Prudenskaya.

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Subtitles: Italian, English/German/French/Spanish/Chinese/Korean

“Netrebko gives a completely authoritative performance. Although her shaping of Verdi's vocal lines is not especially individual, she has voice to spare and nothing sounds beyond her...[Domingo] sounds rather tired at the start but his still majestic tenor-baritone, boosted by an undimmed ability to command the stage, comes good by the end.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2014

“Netrebko’s intense Leonora, Marina Prudenskaya as a fabulous, freaked-out Azucena and a sturdy and stylish Manrico from Gaston Rivero generate really throat-gripping drama and eventually unbearable pathos. Any Trovatore staging simply needs to frame and enable the music, and this one does that.” Opera Now ****

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Elgar: Symphony No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 63

Elgar: Symphony No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 63


Following his critically-acclaimed Elgar Cello Concerto recording with Alisa Weilerstein, Barenboim turns to the symphonies. The Second Symphony is released first, in a 2013 recording with the Staatskapelle Berlin. The First Symphony will follow in 2015.

“To hear an orchestra with such a distinctive central European sound playing Elgar, and relating his music so securely to the wider late-romantic tradition, is one of the disc’s great pleasures.” Andrew Clements, The Guardian (of the Cello Concerto recording)

“Barenboim and the musicians plunge into the Second’s ardours and wistful ways as if to the manner born. We quickly realise we’re not listening to a British orchestra: the timbre of the horns alone transports us far from Elgar’s Malvern hills. Yet the central European sounds only help to link the symphony with the European traditions that nurtured Elgar’s art.” The Times, 9th May 2014 ****

“This is a superb, in fact I feel justified in calling it a great, Elgar Two. It's difficult to know where to start in listings its excellences...But one must start and finish with Barenboim's interpretation...this is a marvellously full-blooded reading of the Symphony, full of drama and passion...This must be one of the finest performances currently on offer.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2014 *****

“The surging, unquenchable energy of this account is obvious from the opening bars, which are borne on an irresistible flood of sound from the Berlin Staatskapelle...Every department of this fabulous orchestra seems to make a telling contribution to this performance at some point or other, and it's as much a triumph for the Staatskapelle as it is for its conductor” The Guardian, 22nd May 2014 *****

“The gorgeous, silken string playing is something exceptional for Elgarians, but there is also plenty of Edwardian swagger in the brilliant rondo and majestic finale. A glorious disc” Sunday Times, 29th June 2014

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