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  1. August 15, 2014

    Schubert: Piano Sonatas – review

    Daniel Barenboim made his name as a piano prodigy, but his gifts at the keyboard were long ago eclipsed by his emergence as...

  2. July 4, 2014

    Elgar: Symphony No 2 – review

    More than 40 years after first recording it in London, Daniel Barenboim returns to Elgar’s Second Symphony with the Berlin...

  1. January 17, 2014

    Bruckner: Symphony No 6, Symphony No 4

    On foreign tours with the Berlin Staatskapelle, the German capital’s leading opera orchestra, Daniel Barenboim has profiled...

  2. November 29, 2013

    Sergiu Celibidache: Firebrand and philosopher; Celibidache rehearses: Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony

    During his lifetime, Romanian conductor Sergiu Celibidache (1912-1996) was overshadowed by Herbert von Karajan and Georg...

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    October 31, 2013

    UBS - We will not rest (until we have made the crassest, creepiest video ever)

    The latest video from UBS is a corker. I suggest you watch it at once. And when you’ve finished, watch it again: this one...

  4. August 28, 2013

    All the best: Winterreise

    Schubert virtually invented the song-cycle as an art form. With Winterreise he also perfected it. He had a precedent in...

  5. August 6, 2013

    BBC Proms: Tannhäuser, Royal Albert Hall, London – review

    Appealing though the idea is, it would not be feasible to have all the Wagner bicentenary events at the BBC Proms played by...

  6. August 2, 2013

    The Palestine Strings at the Proms

    Strains of Vivaldi’s Summer concerto escape through the stained-glass windows of a graceful mansion near Jerusalem’s...

  7. July 30, 2013

    Wagner at the Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London – review

    A Wagner festival in London is nothing new. In 1877, Wagner himself was the star attraction of a month-long festival at the...

  8. July 24, 2013

    BBC Proms: Die Walküre, Royal Albert Hall, London – review

    This was one of those nights to remember at the BBC Proms. It might have seemed impossible that anything would equal the...

  9. July 23, 2013

    Das Rheingold, BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London – review

    A year ago this week Daniel Barenboim was poised to take part in the opening ceremony of the London Olympics as one of the...

  10. March 20, 2013

    Stephen Kovacevich, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London – review

    This recital was strangely hit-or-miss, often literally so. A programme of Bach, Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms might be...

  11. September 9, 2012

    BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London

    This was never going to be an ordinary year for the BBC Proms. With the Olympics and Paralympics falling right in the middle...

  12. July 24, 2012

    West-Eastern Divan Orchestra/ Barenboim, Royal Albert Hall, London

    The BBC Proms’ countdown to the Olympics is nearing its climax. The cycle of the Beethoven symphonies by Daniel Barenboim...

  13. July 20, 2012

    Notes on identity

    Soul Music: the Pulse of Race and Music, by Candace Allen, Gibson Square, RRP£11.99, 192 pages Is there such a thing as...

  14. April 17, 2012

    Berlin Staatskapelle/Barenboim, Royal Festival Hall, London

    When you are in the presence of the world’s greatest living musician, a term I use with caution, it is tempting to suspend...

  15. March 12, 2012

    West-Eastern Divan Soloists, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

    When Daniel Barenboim and the late Edward Said founded the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, the purpose was to bring together...

  16. February 10, 2012

    LPO/Alsop/Hough, Royal Festival Hall, London

    Liszt was fortunate in the year he was born. With little competition for his bicentenary he was assured of wall-to-wall...

  17. December 11, 2011

    Don Giovanni, La Scala, Milan

    No coup de théâtre ever matched Mozart’s opening chords as stunningly as this. A modern-suited Giovanni races through the...

  18. September 11, 2011

    BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London

    It seems that the BBC Proms declare audience figures have hit a new peak at the end of every season. The announcement has...

  19. July 17, 2011

    BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London

    No matter what the challenges are, the sheer size of the BBC Proms always seems to play to their strength. In a year when...

  20. July 1, 2011

    Sound and fury

    Daniel Barenboim is on the phone, apologising profusely. Somewhat improbably, he tells me he’s just popped down the road to...

  21. June 17, 2011

    Daniel Barenboim, Wigmore Hall, London

    It was January 21 1956 when Daniel Barenboim made his debut at Wigmore Hall. The teenage prodigy’s first steps on to the...

  22. June 16, 2011

    Staatskapelle Berlin, Royal Festival Hall, London

    Back in the days when the Royal Opera House used to host solo recitals Daniel Barenboim gave a memorable evening of Liszt...

  23. June 2, 2011

    110th Anniversary Gala, Wigmore Hall, London

    It would be misleading to characterise classical music as either masculine or feminine, but the distinction was...

  24. December 21, 2010

    Music and markets: Notes on a crisis

    Think of the financial crisis. What does it sound like? The yelling of a trading room, perhaps; the anger of those who have...

  25. April 19, 2010

    Richard Wagner and the Centrality of Love

    Richard Wagner and the Centrality of Love, by Barry Emslie, Boydell Press £50, 312 pages The romantic title is deceptive....

  26. March 20, 2010

    Anna Netrebko: In the Still of Night

    Anna Netrebko In the Still of Night Deutsche Grammophon This is a recording of the diva’s 2009 Salzburg festival recital,...

  27. February 6, 2010

    Beethoven lovers

    A hot ticket of the week for the Daniel Barenboim concerts sponsored by RoyalDutch Shell drew a bevy of City music lovers....

  28. November 28, 2009

    I have seen the darkness

    ‘Power Plant’, an installation by five artists at Durham’s Botanic Gardens for the city’s light festival In his BBC Reith...

  29. August 29, 2009

    Discontented and dissatisfied

    Daniel Barenboim conducts the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra Weather forecast: sunny intervals, temperatures in the low 20s –...

  30. August 24, 2009

    Sweet sound of artistic union

    It is 10 years since Daniel Barenboim and Edward Said founded the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. In that time the dynamics...

  31. August 23, 2009

    West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London

    It is 10 years since Daniel Barenboim and Edward Said founded the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. In that time the dynamics of...

  32. August 22, 2009

    Jews need love as well as morality

    From Mr Peter Shaio. Sir, “The basis of Jewish thought is not the Christian idea of love but morality and justice.” Thus...

  33. August 22, 2009

    Music bridges the diplomatic divide

    From Mr Neale Donald Walsch. Sir, Kudos to Andrew Clark and the FT for the extraordinary interview with Daniel Barenboim,...

  34. August 15, 2009

    Lunch with the FT: Daniel Barenboim

    The first thing I notice is a security guard at the gateway. The second is the mingling of Hebrew and Arab voices indoors....

  35. May 18, 2009

    Staatskapelle Berlin/Boulez, Carnegie Hall, New York

    That sound you hear must be Leonard Bernstein rattling in his grave. It was Bernstein, after all, who trained New York to...

  36. May 13, 2009

    Corrections - Richard Li; Mahler's Fifth Symphony

    * On May 12 we reported that Richard Li, chairman of PCCW, was rebuked by a judge for seeking to manipulate the outcome of...

  37. May 11, 2009

    Staatskapelle Berlin/ Barenboim, Carnegie Hall, NY

    New York is going Mahler mad. Daniel Barenboim, with some crucial help from Pierre Boulez, is surveying all 10 of the...

  38. April 8, 2009

    Lohengrin

    There have not been more horned helmets in a Wagner opera since Bugs Bunny was Brünnhilde in What's Opera, Doc? Stefan...

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