Daniel Barenboim – Works by Elgar (1975/2017)
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Can there be a more prodigiously gifted and versatile musician in the world today than Daniel Barenboim? Symphonic and opera conductor as well concert pianist, recitalist, chamber musician, Lieder accompanist par excellence, the Argentinian-born Israeli Renaissance man of music is also one of the most extensively recorded artists of all time. Sony Classical is proud to present the first complete retrospective collection of his albums for CBS/Sony Classical and RCA Red Seal.
Barenboim the pianist made his first commercial recordings in 1958 and soon began documenting his refreshing, vital interpretations of Mozart and Beethoven on disc. Before long he had added conducting to his already intensive musical activities, in 1965 beginning a close relationship with the English Chamber Orchestra. Much of that collaboration is to be found in Sony’s vast new set, notably Mozart concerto recordings in which Barenboim’s deep understanding of the composer is placed in the service of violinists Isaac Stern and Pinchas Zukerman.
Soon Barenboim was conducting virtually all the leading European and American symphony orchestras. Among the ensembles spotlighted in the new collection is the London Philharmonic, with whom he made a series of distinguished Elgar recordings, including “a red-blooded passionate performance” (Penguin Guide) of the Second Symphony: “The playing of the LPO is superb throughout and the orchestra responds to Barenboim’s every whim … Music seldom brings actual tears to my eyes, but I confess that the playing of the very soft last bars, from the molto lento, did” (Gramophone).
Another treasurable Barenboim/LPO project found him partnering the legendary Arthur Rubinstein in the complete Beethoven Piano Concertos (when his own recording as a soloist accompanied by Otto Klemperer had already become a catalogue landmark). Of this 1977 Grammy winner for “Best Classical Album”, Gramophone wrote: “Have the Beethoven concertos ever been better accompanied, if accompaniment is the right word? … In each work [Barenboim and the orchestra] provide an opening tutti of such weight, richness of characterization and beauty of sound that the entry of the soloist, so splendidly prepared for, comes almost as an anti-climax. It is a little while before even Rubinstein’s personality can match the splendour of the scene which has been set for him.”
The list of Barenboim’s other remarkable collaborations in this set is too long to be detailed here. A few examples must suffice: with Itzhak Perlman, the Brahms Violin Sonatas – not only on CD, but now for the first time on DVD; with Isaac Stern, Beethoven’s Violin Concerto (New York Philharmonic) and Saint-Saëns Third Concerto (Orchestre de Paris); with Jacqueline du Pré, the Elgar Cello Concerto with the Philadelphia Orchestra; with Pinchas Zukerman, the Elgar Violin Concerto (London Philharmonic) – “a reading which gloriously combined the virtuoso swagger of a Heifetz with the tender, heartfelt warmth of the young Menuhin. Barenboim is a splendid partner” – and viola soloist in Berlioz’s Harold in Italy (Orchestre de Paris); with John Williams, guitar concertos by Rodrigo and Villa-Lobos (English Chamber Orchestra); and with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Mahler song cycles (Berlin Philharmonic).
The wide range of symphonic works in this collection finds Daniel Barenboim conducting Tchaikovsky’s Fourth (New York Philharmonic); Beethoven’s Seventh from the legendary 1989 Berlin Wall concert , Schubert’s “Unfinished” and Berlioz’s “Fantastique” (Berlin Philharmonic); and Schoenberg’s Pelleas und Melisande (Orchestre de Paris). Barenboim the soloist can also be heard in piano concertos by Brahms (with Zubin Mehta and the New York Philharmonic) and Beethoven (conducting the Berlin Philharmonic himself from the keyboard). There’s also a large-scale choral work, the Berlioz Te Deum, in an imposing recording made in St. Eustache with Orchestre de Paris forces.
1. Chanson de Matin, Op. 15, No. 1 (Remastered) 03:03
2. Chanson de Nuit, Op. 15, No. 2 (Remastered) 04:12
3. Elegy for Strings, Op. 58 (Remastered) 04:14
4. Serenade for String Orchestra in E Minor, Op. 20: I. Allegro piacevole 03:27
5. Serenade for String Orchestra in E Minor, Op. 20: II. Larghetto 05:43
6. Serenade for String Orchestra in E Minor, Op. 20: III. Allegretto 02:35
7. Salut d’amour, Op. 12 (Remastered) 02:37
8. Romance for Bassoon & Orchestra, Op. 62 (Remastered) 05:05
9. Rosemary (Remastered) 02:49
10. Carissima (Remastered) 03:56
11. Sospiri, Op. 70 (Remastered) 05:55