For the very first time Daniel Barenboim tackled Franz Liszt's two highly virtuosic piano concertos in a single concert. With Pierre Boulez, his friend and esteemed colleague of many years, conducting Barenboim’s own orchestra, the Staatskapelle Berlin, they were showered with praise on their tour across Europe.
For both musicians, Liszt was one of the most important pioneers of modern music, as composer, conductor and pianist. He influenced revolutionary contemporaries such as Robert Schumann and Richard Wagner. Two examples of the latter's magnificent orchestral work round off this concert programme celebrating Liszt’s bicentenary.
Picture Format DVD: NTSC 16:9
Sound Formats DVD: Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1, PCM Stereo
Region Code: 0 (worldwide)
Running Time: 90:35 min
Disc Format DVD: DVD 9
“Barenboim's approach to both concertos deals in the monumental rather than in quicksilver Romantic scintillation. The Second Concerto's broader idiom duly comes off best, with moments of impressive power...The DVD visuals are straight and impressive...But some nice moments are caught too - the fleeting half-smiles that the players can't keep from their faces during the unfolding loveliness of the Siegfried Idyll…” BBC Music Magazine, May 2012 ****