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Daniel Barenboim’s Extensive Activities at the Salzburg Festival

14 AUG 2012

published in: Concert

Daniel Barenboim (Photo: Ricardo Dávila)
Daniel Barenboim made his Salzburg Festival debut – as a pianist – as early as 1965. Over the years, the native Argentinean has been one of the artists most closely associated with the Festival. This summer, Barenboim appears in no less than six concerts at the Festival – both as a conductor and pianist.

Two of these six events are already sold out: Giuseppe Verdi’s Messa da Requiem with the Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala, and the concert of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra featuring the Fifth and Sixth Symphonies by Ludwig van Beethoven – both of these events will be conducted by Daniel Barenboim.

Those who do not want to miss the opportunity to hear Daniel Barenboim, however, have the opportunity to do so four additional times, when he plays the piano. On August 3, 2012 at 7:30 pm, a chamber orchestra concert of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra takes place at the Mozarteum. There, Barenboim appears together with musicians of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra founded by him and Edward Said, which unites young musicians from Israel, the Palestine and various Arab countries. Everything started with a workshop the two organized under the title “West-Eastern Divan”. This resulted in an orchestra celebrated all over the world today which has made a multitude of CD and DVD recordings. On this occasion, Barenboim and his musicians perform works by Bohuslav Martinů (Nonet), Leoš Janáček (Concertino for Piano and Chamber Ensemble) and Antonín Dvořák (Piano Quintet in A-Major Op. 81).

Finally, Daniel Barenboim gives three solo recitals at the Großes Festspielhaus, dedicated to the cosmos of Schubert’s Piano Sonatas – among others, he will interpret the three last sonatas, D.958, 959 and 960.

Tickets and further information about the Schubert Cycle I, II and III are available here.