Daniel Barenboim performs Beethoven: Sonata No. 26, "Les Adieux"
The complete Beethoven sonatas
Composed in 1809, the Lebewohl sonata is dedicated to Beethoven's patron, Archduke Rudolph, forced to leave Vienna after the Wagram war.
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.
Duration : 18 min
Location : Palais Kinský (Wien, Austria)
Production date : 1983-1984
Production : © Metropolitan, München