Daniel Barenboïm plays Beethoven: Sonata No. 8, "Pathétique"

The complete Beethoven sonatas

Daniel Barenboim plays the Grande sonate pathétique by Beethoven, not on stage but in the intimacy of a somptuous room of the Palais Kinsky.

1983. Daniel Barenboïm is in his fourties, and is already known around the globe for being an exceptional pianist. He made his debuts on stage when he was only 7. In his youth, he meets Artur Rubinstein, Zubin Mehta and Wilhelm Furtwängler... His professors are named Nadia Boulanger, Edwin Fischer and Igor Markevitch.

Often associated to Beethoven, Barenboim released in his life the major part of the German composer's works (notably the complete piano concertos with Otto Klemperer in the 90s). In the 1980s, he records the complete piano sonatas, which are played again in a world tour in the 2000s.

The recordings of the 32 piano sonatas shown here date back to the years 1983-1984, when the pianist knows a huge reputation as a pianist. Since then, his renditions of the Beethoven piano sonatas have been considered a major reference.

Movie director : Jean-Pierre Ponnelle
Collection : Barenboim: The Complete Beethoven Sonatas
Musical period : Classical music
Music genre : Recitals and chamber music
Musical form : Sonata

Duration : 19 min
Location : Palais Kinský (Wien, Austria)
Recording date : 1983
Production date : 1983-1984
Production : © Metropolitan, München



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