Today is the 70th birthday of pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim. The famed Argentinian-Israeli musician has a special place in my heart as the conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 1991-2006.
According to Barenboim’s website, he has been celebrating his birthday with a series of concerts at the Filharmonia della Scala, the Staatskapelle Berlin, the Wiener Philharmoniker, and musical colleagues from throughout his career. Today, Barenboim will perform Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto with the Staatskapelle Berlin under the baton of Zubin Mehta. The program will benefit the Musikkindergarten Berlin.
When most people think of Barenboim, they think of a stately conductor. I like to think of him as the jovial young pianist performing Schubert’s “Trout Quintet” in a 1969 video along with “other up-and-coming” artists Itzhak Perlman, Jacqueline du Pre, and Zubin Mehta. Below, you’ll find a video of Barenboim giving some feedback during a Trout rehearsal, as well as some footage of the quintet horsing around. And if you’re interested in seeing the whole performance, it is now available here on DVD from Allegro Films under the title Franz Schubert – The Greatest Love and the Greatest Sorrow; the Trout.
- Barenboim at 70: five YouTube clips (guardian.co.uk)
- Daniel Barenboim scores a €20m birthday present (intermezzo.typepad.com)
- Young Cellist With An Old Soul Plays Elgar, Elliott Carter (wnyc.org)
- Daniel Barenboim Remembers Elliott Carter (npr.org)