One of the undisputed masters of Beethoven’s piano repertoire, Daniel Barenboim celebrates the great composer's 250th birthday with a recital for the ages at Berlin’s Pierre Boulez Saal. Discover—or rediscover, in the hands of the maestro—the complete set of Beethoven’s piano sonatas, perhaps the most towering achievement in the history of piano music, with this volume containing the progression of Beethoven’s legendary “Heroic” period.
This program has a lot of heavy hitters, including the majestic Waldstein (21), the thunderous Appassionata (23), and the epic Les Adieux (26)! The latter, published in 1811, depicts Archduke Rudolph’s forced departure from Vienna, due to Napoleon's march on the city; the piece is dedicated to the archduke, who was also a patron of Beethoven. Filled with emotion, a successful performance of this work requires great artistic maturity, and this virtuoso is happy to oblige, enchanting the listener with crystalline tone and warm phrasing.
Photo: Daniel Barenboim © Monika Rittershaus
Daniel Barenboim appears courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon.
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Piano recital in Boulez Saal
West-Eastern Divan Orchestra