Saturday, 17 September 2016

You can do these things if you are Daniel Barenboim (Barenboim/Staatskapelle Berlin/Prom 69)

Mozart, piano concerto 24; Bruckner, Symphony 4 (Daniel Barenboim dir. and cond. Staatskapelle Berlin, BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall).
Firstly, Mozart, Piano Concerto No 24 in C minor. Barenboim was impressive here: he played piano, directed, then played again. Never once did he miss a beat. Is this one of Mozart’s greatest? Probably not. Will you hear it better? Certainly not.
If you are Barenboim, you have your own conducting stand.

Staatskapelle Berlin take applause. Own photograph.
Secondly, Anton Bruckner, Symphony No 4 in E flat major, 'Romantic'. Someone on twitter suggested that it was as if Barenboim himself had composed the piece, so sure what his reading of it. He had no score. Barenboim did leabe during movements, and mopped brow. I feared he might have been a little unwell. There wasn’t an encore. 
So a supremely careful reading of Mozart and Bruckner.

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