Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin ® Monika Rittershaus Classical Venues / Classical World

Marvel at the perfection of both music and musicians as Daniel Barenboim leads the Staatskapelle Berlin in the ‘middle period’ symphonies of Bruckner, as part of their commitment to play the complete symphonies at the Philharmonie de Paris over the course of a year. Acclaimed from his early youth as a Mozartian par excellence, with maturity Barenboim has become the greatest of all Brucknerians, and pairs these two composers in a series not to be missed.

The talent and interpretive strength of Daniel Barenboim is what connects Mozart to Bruckner in this series of performances. With the Staatskapelle Berlin, Barenboim has an ensemble that knows every inch of Bruckner’s demanding work.

Every time I conduct Bruckner, I feel like I’m in a piece that represents 7 or 8 centuries of musical imagination, creation, and creativity

Daniel Barenboim - Pianist and Conductor

The juxtaposition of Mozart and Bruckner is certainly a play of contrasts. However, Barenboim seeks to emphasize the ties that bind the two Austrian composers across their stylistic, contextual, and historic differences.

Program of the Mozart & Bruckner Cycle in September 2016

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 02 2016, 20:30

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K 491
Anton Bruckner
Symphony No. 4 in E-flat major, ‘Romantic’
Bruckner’s fourth, and perhaps most popular, symphony, the ‘Romantic’ reflects the lengthy period of its composition in its contrasts and shifts, from the funereal adagio to the hunting sounds of the scherzo. Barenboim precedes this with Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24 – only the second in the composer’s entire oeuvre to use a minor key. Acutely crafted and full of thematic beauties, the concerto’s latent drama makes for a fine alchemy between piano and woodwinds.


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 03 2016, 20:30

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-flat major, K. 595
Anton Bruckner
Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major
A fitting pair of works tonight as Barenboim plays Mozart’s last, and greatest, piano concerto to begin the evening. Bruckner’s massive Fifth Symphony continues the theme of greatness, showcasing the triumph of the cyclical principle, as its opening motif – the plaint of a desolate wanderer – returns to begin the overwhelming final movement.


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 08 2016, 20:30

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Concerto No. 26 in D major KV 537, ‘Krönungskonzert’
Anton Bruckner
Symphony No. 6 in A Major, A 105
Barenboim begins the evening with Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 26, played at the coronation of Leopold II, with its interplay of virtuosity and gallantry between pianist and orchestra. Bruckner’s Sixth Symphony completes the program somewhat-neglected, it is essential to understanding Bruckner’s oeuvre in this genre, forming a pivot point between the early symphonies and the inevitable progression towards the majestic final three.


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 09 2016, 20:30

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Sinfonia Concertante for Wind instruments in E-flat major, K. 297b
Anton Bruckner
Symphony no. 7 E Major, WAB 107
Tonight’s delights begin with Mozart’s charming, and ever-popular Sinfonia Concertante for winds, before the orchestra embarks on the mammoth challenge of Bruckner’s immense Seventh Symphony. From sublime Adagio to unbridled finale, no moment is simple, and only an orchestra of the caliber of the Staatskapelle under the genius direction of a Barenboim could hope to achieve these heights – a concert, an experience, of a musical lifetime.


Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin

After the fall of the “Iron Curtain”, Daniel Barenboim took over as General Music Director of the Staatskapelle Berlin and of the Staatsoper Berlin. His inaugural concert in the position, on December 30, 1991, featured Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. In 2000, the ensemble was named “Orchestra of the Year” by Opernwelt magazine, and the musicians voted Barenboim into the position of “Conductor for Life”.

For nearly twenty-five years, Daniel Barenboim has led the Staatskapelle with extraordinary success, both in the field of opera, especially the works of Richard Wagner, and in symphonic repertoire. Together, they have performed the complete symphonies of Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Mahler, and, this season, Bruckner.

The Staatskapelle Berlin and Barenboim uphold their outstanding reputation abroad on yearly tours of Europe – including Vienna, London, and Paris – as well as in New York, Buenos Aires, China, and Japan.


Credits:Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin ® Monika Rittershaus


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