Daniel Barenboim plays Schumann

Piano recital in Boulez Saal

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Daniel Barenboim — Pianist

Berlin Staatskapelle String Quartet

Wolfram Brandl — Violinist

Krzysztof Specjal — Violinist

Yulia Deyneka — Violist

Claudius Popp — Cellist

Program notes

The Moment musical series concludes in Berlin with a knockout all-Schumann program by the great Daniel Barenboim—and some world-class guests!

Barenboim begins with selections from the E.T.A. Hoffmann-inspired Fantasiestücke, depicting the personifications of Schumann's self-professed dual nature: the dreamy Eusebius of “Des Abends” (In the Evening) and the passionate Florestan of the effervescent “Traumes Wirren” (Dream’s Confusions).

The maestro then joins principals from the Staatskapelle Berlin (observing social distancing guidelines!) to perform the breathtaking Piano Quintet, unquestionably one of the composer's most important achievements. Encompassing a staggering variety of moods and colors, the work helped establish Schumann's reputation and redefined the quintet form (uniting piano and string quartet) for the Romantic era and beyond.

Daniel Barenboim appears courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon GmbH.

Photo: Daniel Barenboim © Peter Rigaud

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