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    So let's talk about a pianist and conductor from my country; he's getting old, but I love his preformances and own several CDs of them; who else thinks he's really good? Here's a very interesting video by him on a piece I (and many others) really love:


    (Though I do think his accent sounds awfully Israeli...)

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    The Berlin Philharmonic loves him, he appears pretty often there as both conductor and pianist. Berlin Philharmonic loves older musicians in general even as they are failing a bit..Bernard Haitink, Yefim Bronfman..Berlin is a conservative outfit.

    I look forward to Barenboim's Berlin concerts. In an interview he humbly called himself a bad conductor, I'm not sure why.
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    I don't care for him as a pianist. My first recording of Beethoven sonatas I ever bought were from him and I never listen to that CD. I don't mind his conducting Wagner operas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clouds Weep Snowflakes View Post
    So let's talk about a pianist and conductor from my country; he's getting old, but I love his preformances and own several CDs of them; who else thinks he's really good?
    (Though I do think his accent sounds awfully Israeli...)
    You are from Argentina?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Open Book View Post
    The Berlin Philharmonic loves him, he appears pretty often there as both conductor and pianist.
    While they do really like him, when it came to a choice between him and Simon Rattle as Chief Conductor, they chose Rattle.

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    I have a special place for Daniel Barenboim if for no other reason than that one of my favorite mezzos, Waltraud Meier, recorded with him a lot. Waltraud is awesome:
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    I like Danny.
    I have both of his Beethoven piano cycles and enjoy them.
    I enjoy his Wagner and Mozart.
    His Beethoven piano concertos with Klemperer is excellent.
    His Brahms piano concertos with Barbirolli are favorites.
    His Bruckner is fine.
    He tries a little too hard sometimes to emulate his hero, Furtwangler, at times
    but overall I like his work
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    I am especially grateful to him for his production of Wagner's Ring!


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    His recording of Mozart piano concerti numbers 20 and 23 with the ECO was my introduction to him. I still find his number 20 very solid, kind of a yardstick for others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Becca View Post
    You are from Argentina?
    Actually, I'm Israeli, but he has Israeli citizenship as well and speaks Hebrew.

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    ...but like Martha Argerich, is from Argentina

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    So is Barenboim, he became Jew fro duPré .
    “Never argue with an idiot. They will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.” ― Mark Twain

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fritz Kobus View Post
    I have a special place for Daniel Barenboim if for no other reason than that one of my favorite mezzos, Waltraud Meier, recorded with him a lot. Waltraud is awesome:
    Wow. Just magnificent. What a voice. What a woman.
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    "That's all Folks!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clouds Weep Snowflakes View Post
    Actually, I'm Israeli, but he has Israeli citizenship as well and speaks Hebrew.
    Interesting that Barenboim conducts Wagner. Is it true that Wagner's music is not played in Israel because of his anti-semitism?

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    I have always had a very high regard for Daniel Barenboim both as pianist and conductor. In several ways I think of him in much the same way as Vladimir Ashkenazy. They are of similar age, are/were very good pianists and later became very good conductors.

    I like Barenboim's piano playing, and in my opinion he's up there with the best of them. His Beethoven piano sonatas and Mozart's late piano concertos stand comparison with most others. The subject of "best Beethoven piano sonatas" often comes up on forums, and I've seen some really wonky recommendations, often put forward with great apparent knowledge, but many of which are poor in comparison with Barenboim's versions.

    As a conductor, his Bruckner symphony recordings with the Berlin Phil are excellent. He also did some very good conducting whilst with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and I especially like the Brahms symphonies. Another very good set is his Staatskapelle Berlin recordings of Schumann's symphonies.

    His chamber work with Pinchas Zukerman and Jacqueline du Pre was outstanding. Everything they did as a threesome is worth getting hold of, especially the chamber works of Beethoven.

    I've had several previous discussions concerning Daniel Barenboim on other music forums in the past, and one aspect that hasn't come up here but which seemed to be concern to some people on other forums was the way he left his wife, Jacqueline du Pre, after she contracted multiple sclerosis. He shacked up with some other woman long before his wife Jacqueline died. I'll say no more on this, as it doesn't bother me in the slightest, but I thought it worth mentioning in case anyone might be interested to delve further.
    Last edited by Partita; May-26-2019 at 17:25.

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