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DANIEL BARENBOIM

The only child of musical parents, Barenboim studied first with his mother, then with his father. After his debut in Buenos Aires at the age of seven, his parents (descendants of Russian Jews from Odessa) decided to move to Israel. On the way, they stopped at Salzburg where ten-year-old Daniel played and conducted at the Mozarteum. In the mid-1950s he studied in Europe for three consecutive summers: conducting with Igor Markevitch in Salzburg; composition with Nadia Boulanger in Paris; violin, composition and theory at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome; and conducting with Carlo Zecchi in Siena. Interestingly, he did not study piano with anyone after the tuition from his father.

Barenboim played in Europe in 1955 and made his London debut the following year at the Royal Festival Hall, playing Mozart’s Piano Concerto in A major K. 488 with Josef Krips; Barenboim was fourteen years old. When he made his American debut at Carnegie Hall with Leopold Stokowski he was already under contract to concert agent Sol Hurok through the intervention of Arthur Rubinstein. From the age of seventeen Barenboim had a full-time career as a pianist. During the 1960s he frequently appeared in Britain, where he played and directed the complete Mozart piano concertos with the English Chamber Orchestra. He repeated this feat in New York and Paris and in 1965 toured the Soviet Union. In 1972 he premièred a piano concerto by Alexander Goehr at the Brighton Festival.

Although he had conducted from the beginning of his career, Barenboim now began to focus more on this activity, being appointed chief conductor of the Orchestre de Paris in 1975. He has also played a great deal of chamber music, particularly with his first wife, the cellist Jacqueline du Pré, and has worked with the baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. Barenboim is foremost an interpreter of Beethoven and has played all the piano sonatas and concertos many times in performance cycles. He also favours Mozart, Bach and Liszt, and his style, although individualistic, can at times be likened to pianists of the past in its sweep, grandeur and individuality.

As a young man, Barenboim recorded all the Beethoven sonatas for HMV in 1969 and again for Deutsche Grammophon in 1983. He recorded the Beethoven piano concertos in 1967 at the age of twenty-five with one of the great conductors of the twentieth century, Otto Klemperer, and in 1975 he took up the baton to conduct these works with Arthur Rubinstein as pianist. Still in 1967, he recorded both Brahms concertos with Sir John Barbirolli. The late 1960s also saw Barenboim recording the complete Mozart piano concertos, directing the English Chamber Orchestra from the keyboard.

As an interpreter of Liszt, Barenboim has a passion and colouristic approach to the music that is ideal. In 1992 he performed Liszt’s rarely heard ‘Dante’ Symphony with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and delivered a performance that is immediately convincing. The filler on the compact disc is of the ‘Dante’ Sonata from Liszt’s Années de pèlerinage and this sounds as if it was recorded in a single take, a fact referred to in many Barenboim reviews. ‘Improvisatory, impulsive and full of extreme contrasts, Barenboim’s ‘Dante’ Sonata is vividly pictorial (with almost orchestral colourings)… This is, in a word, riveting.’

Barenboim is one of the few present-day pianists who understands the heritage of the pianists of the past: ‘I think that the old pianists were able to read the score, in the profound sense of the word, much better than many piano-players of today, in the sense that they were not satisfied with just seeing the letter ‘p’ in piano, or where the ‘c’ of the word crescendo was written. It’s basically the relativity, piano in relation to what? To what comes before and what comes afterwards. Well, all this is not in the score. And all that area, which is actually the area of music-making, was a totally natural phenomenon for all these pianists, regardless of where they came from and what school they came from. The bible for them was sound, and not the printed page.’

Supremely talented and confident of his abilities in every respect, Barenboim is a natural musician for whom playing the piano is as natural as breathing.

© Naxos Rights International Ltd. — Jonathan Summers (A–Z of Pianists, Naxos 8.558107–10).


Albums featuring this artist are available for download from ClassicsOnline.com
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Role: Classical Artist 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
CHOPIN, F.: Piano Concertos (Barenboim, Nelsons) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) Arthaus Musik
108029
Classical Concert
CHOPIN, F.: Piano Concertos (Barenboim, Nelsons) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
101577
Classical Concert
CHOPIN, F.: Piano Works (Barenboim - The Warsaw Recital) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) Accentus Music
ACC-10202A
Classical Concert
CHOPIN, F.: Piano Works (Barenboim - The Warsaw Recital) (NTSC) Accentus Music
ACC-20102
Classical Concert
EUROPA-KONZERT 1994 - BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Concerto No. 5, "Emperor" / BRAHMS, J.: Symphony No. 2 (Barenboim, Abbado) (PAL) Arthaus Musik
107170
Classical Concert
EUROPA-KONZERT 1997 - MOZART, W.A.: Piano Concerto No. 13 / BEETHOVEN, L. van: Symphony No. 3, "Eroica" (Barenboim) (PAL) Arthaus Musik
107161
Classical Concert
HANDSTEIN, J.: Schatten und licht (Baumann, Blaukovitsch, Borcherding, Himmelstoss, Schild, Stockerl, Teichtmeister, Wachtveitl) BR-Klassik
900906
Concertos
JACQUELINE DU PRE IN PORTRAIT (NTSC) Christopher Nupen Film
A14CND
Classical Documentary
LISZT, F.: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 / WAGNER, R.: A Faust Overture / Siegfried Idyll (Barenboim, Boulez) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) Accentus Music
ACC-10239
Classical Concert
LISZT, F.: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 / WAGNER, R.: A Faust Overture / Siegfried Idyll (Barenboim, Boulez) (NTSC) Accentus Music
ACC-20239
Classical Concert
MOZART, W.A.: Piano Concertos Nos. 22, 23 (Barenboim, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Kubelik) BR-Klassik
900709
Concertos
SALZBURG FESTIVAL 2008 OPENING CONCERT - RAVEL, M. / BARTÓK, B. / STRAVINSKY, I. (Barenboim, Boulez) (Blu-ray, HD) C Major
729104
Classical Concert
SALZBURG FESTIVAL 2008 OPENING CONCERT - RAVEL, M. / BARTOK, B. / STRAVINSKY, I. (Barenboim, Boulez) (NTSC) C Major
702508
Classical Concert
SALZBURG FESTIVAL 2010 OPENING CONCERT - BEETHOVEN, L. van / BOULEZ, P. / BRUCKNER, A. (Barenboim) (Blu-ray, HD) C Major
706904
Classical Concert
SALZBURG FESTIVAL 2010 OPENING CONCERT - BEETHOVEN, L. van / BOULEZ, P. / BRUCKNER, A. (Barenboim) (NTSC) C Major
706808
Classical Concert
SALZBURG FESTIVAL OPENING CONCERTS, 2008-2011 (4 DVD Box Set) (NTSC) C Major
713608
Classical Concert
SCHUBERT, F.: Trout (The) / The Greatest Love and the Greatest Sorrow (NTSC) Christopher Nupen Film
A13CND
Classical Documentary
SIBELIUS: Violin Concerto / FALLA: Nights in the Gardens of Spain (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
100035
Classical Concert
SIBELIUS: Violin Concerto / FALLA: Nights in the Gardens of Spain (PAL) Arthaus Musik
100034
Classical Concert
WALDBUHNE IN BERLIN 1997 - St. Petersburg Night (Barenboim, Mehta) (PAL) Arthaus Musik
107172
Classical Concert
WALDBUHNE IN BERLIN 1997 - St. Petersburg Night (Barenboim, Mehta) (PAL) TDKDVD
DV-WBSPE
Classical Concert
WE WANT THE LIGHT (Film, 2004) (NTSC) Christopher Nupen Film
A16CND
Classical Documentary
WE WANT THE LIGHT (NTSC) Opus Arte
OACN0909D
Classical Documentary

Role: Conductor 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
BERLINER LUFT: Gala Concert (A) (PAL) Arthaus Musik
100094
Classical Concert
BRUCKNER, A.: Symphonies Nos. 4-9 (The Mature Symphonies) (6 Blu-ray Disc Box Set, Full-HD) Accentus Music
ACC-60217
Classical Concert
BRUCKNER, A.: Symphonies Nos. 4-9 (The Mature Symphonies) (6-DVD Box Set) (NTSC) Accentus Music
ACC-70217
Classical Concert
BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 4 (Barenboim) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) Accentus Music
ACC-10217
Classical Concert
BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 4 (Barenboim) (NTSC) Accentus Music
ACC-20217
Classical Concert
BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 5 (Barenboim) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) Accentus Music
ACC-102175
Classical Concert
BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 5 (Barenboim) (NTSC) Accentus Music
ACC-202175
Classical Concert
BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 6 (Barenboim) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) Accentus Music
ACC-102176
Classical Concert
BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 6 (Barenboim) (NTSC) Accentus Music
ACC-202176
Classical Concert
BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 7 (Barenboim) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) Accentus Music
ACC-102177
Classical Concert
BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 7 (Barenboim) (NTSC) Accentus Music
ACC-202177
Classical Concert
BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 8 (Barenboim) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) Accentus Music
ACC-102178
Classical Concert
BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 8 (Barenboim) (NTSC) Accentus Music
ACC-202178
Classical Concert
BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 9 (Barenboim) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) Accentus Music
ACC-102179
Classical Concert
BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 9 (Barenboim) (NTSC) Accentus Music
ACC-202179
Classical Concert
EUROPA-KONZERT 1992 - VERDI, G. / BERLIOZ, H. / SCHUBERT, F. / WAGNER, R. (Domingo, Barenboim) (PAL) Arthaus Musik
107157
Pop and Rock, Classical Concert, Opera DVD, Classical Concert
EUROPA-KONZERT 1997 - MOZART, W.A.: Piano Concerto No. 13 / BEETHOVEN, L. van: Symphony No. 3, "Eroica" (Barenboim) (PAL) Arthaus Musik
107161
Classical Concert
JACQUELINE DU PRE IN PORTRAIT (NTSC) Christopher Nupen Film
A14CND
Classical Documentary
MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 9 (Berlin Staatskapelle, Barenboim) (Blu-ray, HD) C Major
750504
Classical Concert
MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 9 (Berlin Staatskapelle, Barenboim) (NTSC) C Major
703708
Classical Concert
MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 9 (Berlin Staatskapelle, Barenboim) (NTSC) C Major
750408
Classical Concert
MAHLER: Symphony No. 5 (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
100033
Classical Concert
MAHLER: Symphony No. 5 (PAL) Arthaus Musik
100032
Classical Concert
MOZART, W.A.: Cosi fan tutte (Staatsoper Berlin, 2002) (NTSC) TDKDVD
DVUS-OPCFT
Opera DVD
MOZART, W.A.: Nozze di Figaro (Le) (Staatsoper unter den Linden, 1999) (Blu-ray) Arthaus Musik
111111
Opera DVD
MOZART, W.A.: Nozze di Figaro (Le) (Staatsoper unter den Linden, 1999) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
111110
Opera DVD
MOZART: Nozze di Figaro (Le) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
100017
Opera DVD
MOZART: Nozze di Figaro (Le) (PAL) Arthaus Musik
100002
Opera DVD
Orchestral Concert - MOZART, W.A. / TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I. / SCHOENBERG, A. (West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, Barenboim) (Salzburg Concerts) (Blu-ray, HD) C Major
706704
Classical Concert
Orchestral Concert - MOZART, W.A. / TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I. / SCHOENBERG, A. (West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, Barenboim) (Salzburg Concerts) (NTSC) C Major
706608
Classical Concert
Orchestral Concert (Staatsoper Unter den Linden, 1998) - BEETHOVEN, L. van / SCHUMANN, R. / WAGNER, R. (Berlin Philharmonic, Barenboim) (PAL) Arthaus Musik
107175
Classical Concert
PROKOFIEV, S.: Gambler (The) (Staatsoper unter den Linden, 2008) (Blu-ray, HD) C Major
701804
Opera DVD
PROKOFIEV, S.: Gambler (The) (Staatsoper unter den Linden, 2008) (NTSC) C Major
701708
Opera DVD
SALZBURG FESTIVAL 2010 OPENING CONCERT - BEETHOVEN, L. van / BOULEZ, P. / BRUCKNER, A. (Barenboim) (Blu-ray, HD) C Major
706904
Classical Concert
SALZBURG FESTIVAL 2010 OPENING CONCERT - BEETHOVEN, L. van / BOULEZ, P. / BRUCKNER, A. (Barenboim) (NTSC) C Major
706808
Classical Concert
SALZBURG FESTIVAL OPENING CONCERTS, 2008-2011 (4 DVD Box Set) (NTSC) C Major
713608
Classical Concert
SIBELIUS: Violin Concerto / FALLA: Nights in the Gardens of Spain (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
100035
Classical Concert
SIBELIUS: Violin Concerto / FALLA: Nights in the Gardens of Spain (PAL) Arthaus Musik
100034
Classical Concert
TCHAIKOVSKY: Nutcracker (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
100119
Ballet DVD
TCHAIKOVSKY: Nutcracker (PAL) Arthaus Musik
100118
Ballet DVD
TCHAIKOVSKY: Swan Lake (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
100016
Ballet DVD
TCHAIKOVSKY: Swan Lake (PAL) Arthaus Musik
100001
Ballet DVD
TEATRO ALLA SCALA: The Opera Classics - MOZART, W.A.: Le Nozze di Figaro / DONIZETTI, G.: Maria Stuarda / VERDI, G.:Simon Boccanegra (4-DVD Set)(NTSC) Arthaus Musik
107535
Opera DVD
VERDI, G.: Opera Selection - La traviata / Simon Boccanegra / Aida (3 Blu-ray Disc Box Set) Arthaus Musik
108074
Opera DVD
VERDI, G.: Opera Selection, Vol. 2 - Aida / Nabucco / Simon Boccanegra (4 DVD Box Set) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
107526
Opera DVD
WAGNER, R.: Götterdämmerung (La Scala, 2013) (Blu-ray, HD) Arthaus Musik
108093
Opera DVD
WAGNER, R.: Götterdämmerung (La Scala, 2013) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
101696
Opera DVD
WAGNER, R.: Rheingold (Das) (La Scala, 2010) (Blu-ray, HD) Arthaus Musik
108090
Opera DVD
WAGNER, R.: Rheingold (Das) (La Scala, 2010) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
101693
Opera DVD
WAGNER, R.: Ring des Nibelungen (Der) (La Scala, 2010-2013) (4 Blu-ray Disc Box Set, HD) Arthaus Musik
107550
Opera DVD
WAGNER, R.: Ring des Nibelungen (Der) (La Scala, 2010-2013) (7 DVD Box Set) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
107549
Opera DVD
WAGNER, R.: Siegfried (La Scala, 2012) (Blu-ray, HD) Arthaus Musik
108092
Opera DVD
WAGNER, R.: Siegfried (La Scala, 2012) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
101695
Opera DVD
WAGNER, R.: Walküre (Die) (La Scala, 2010) (Blu-ray, HD) Arthaus Musik
108091
Opera DVD
WAGNER, R.: Walküre (Die) (La Scala, 2010) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
101694
Opera DVD
WALDBUHNE IN BERLIN 1998 - Latin American Night (Williams, Barenboim) (PAL) Arthaus Musik
107168
Classical Concert
WALDBUHNE IN BERLIN 1998 - Latin American Night (Williams, Barenboim) (PAL) TDKDVD
DV-WBLAT
Classical Concert





 
 
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