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Daniel Barenboim – Beethoven Trios (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Daniel Barenboim – Beethoven Trios (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 03:26:33 minutes | 1,98 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

An offspring of the Baroque trio sonata, the piano trio—usually denoting a work for piano, violin, and cello—was still in its infancy when Beethoven penned his first essay in the genre around 1791. Although he declined to assign an opus number to the early Trio in E-flat major (which would be published posthumously in 1830), the composer reportedly considered it “one of his worthiest experiments in the art of composition.”

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Daniel Barenboim – Beethoven – Piano Sonatas Nos. 27-32 (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Daniel Barenboim – Beethoven – Piano Sonatas Nos. 27-32 (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 02:41:28 minutes | 2,65 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

The legendary Daniel Barenboim, among his countless other accomplishments, is one of the world’s foremost Beethoven experts, having played or conducted just about every note the composer ever wrote. This project – recorded completely during this year’s lockdown – is set to become one of the classical recording events of the year!

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Daniel Barenboim – Beethoven – Piano Sonatas Nos. 20-26 (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Daniel Barenboim – Beethoven – Piano Sonatas Nos. 20-26 (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:51:33 minutes | 1,83 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

The legendary Daniel Barenboim, among his countless other accomplishments, is one of the world’s foremost Beethoven experts, having played or conducted just about every note the composer ever wrote. This project – recorded completely during this year’s lockdown – is set to become one of the classical recording events of the year!

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Daniel Barenboim – Beethoven – Piano Sonatas Nos. 13-19 (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Daniel Barenboim – Beethoven – Piano Sonatas Nos. 13-19 (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 02:24:45 minutes | 2,35 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

The legendary Daniel Barenboim, among his countless other accomplishments, is one of the world’s foremost Beethoven experts, having played or conducted just about every note the composer ever wrote. This project – recorded completely during this year’s lockdown – is set to become one of the classical recording events of the year!

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Daniel Barenboim – Beethoven – Piano Sonatas Nos. 7-12 (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Daniel Barenboim – Beethoven – Piano Sonatas Nos. 7-12 (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 02:08:24 minutes | 2,08 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

Daniel Barenboim was born in Buenos Aires on November 15, 1942, into a family of Ukrainian Jewish descent. Daniel’s mother was his first piano teacher; he later studied with his father, Enrique Barenboim, who was an eminent music professor. After playing for the noted violinist Adolph Busch, who was impressed by his talent, Daniel made his debut recital at the age of seven. In 1951, he played at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and observed Igor Markevitch’s conducting class. The family moved to Israel in 1952; two years later, Daniel went back to Salzburg for a conducting course with Markevitch, piano studies with Edwin Fischer, and chamber music performance with Enrico Mainardi. He studied conducting with Carlo Zecchi at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, also attending Nadia Boulanger’s music theory and composition class at Fontainebleau. His U.S. debut was at New York’s Carnegie Hall on January 20, 1957, in Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 1, with Leopold Stokowski conducting the Symphony of the Air. Debuts with leading orchestras included the London Symphony Orchestra (New York, 1968), Berlin Philharmonic (1969), and New York Philharmonic (1970). Since then he has guest conducted virtually all of the world’s leading orchestras. In 1967, Barenboim married the brilliant cellist Jacqueline Du Pré, with whom he made several exceptional recital recordings. Unfortunately, this partnership ended when Du Pré contracted multiple sclerosis, which forced her to end her playing career in 1972. She died in 1987. In 1989 he was named as Sir George Solti’s successor as music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In 1992, Barenboim became music director of the Berlin State Opera, then named chief conductor for life by its orchestra in 2002. In 1999, with Palestinian-American scholar Edward Said, Barenboim co-founded the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, a summer youth orchestra designed to foster understanding and cooperation, and he established the Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin. Devoted to the training of young Arab and Israeli musicians, the school opened in 2016. A recording of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 by the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra appeared in 2013. Barenboim has a rich recorded repertoire as a conductor, pianist, accompanist, and chamber music player. Interestingly, as a pianist, he tends to focus on Mozart, Beethoven, and the early Romantics, while as a conductor he favors later Romantic music, particularly Brahms and Bruckner (he has won a medal from the Bruckner Society of America). Barenboim’s recorded output continued to be abundant through his eighth decade, including not only standard repertory, but such novelties as On My New Piano (2016), an album devoted to the capabilities of an instrument custom-made for Barenboim by Belgian builder Chris Maene, and based on a piano owned by Liszt. As a conductor he continued to undertake lengthy, difficult scores by the likes of Bruckner and Mahler. His 2017 recording of Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius with the Staatskapelle Berlin was critically acclaimed.
– Joseph Stevenson, James Manheim

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Daniel Barenboim – Beethoven – Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-6 (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Daniel Barenboim – Beethoven – Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-6 (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 02:17:57 minutes | 2,24 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

Daniel Barenboim was born in Buenos Aires on November 15, 1942, into a family of Ukrainian Jewish descent. Daniel’s mother was his first piano teacher; he later studied with his father, Enrique Barenboim, who was an eminent music professor. After playing for the noted violinist Adolph Busch, who was impressed by his talent, Daniel made his debut recital at the age of seven. In 1951, he played at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and observed Igor Markevitch’s conducting class.

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Kian Soltani, Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim – Dvorak – Cello Concerto (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Kian Soltani, Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim – Dvořák – Cello Concerto (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:02:25 minutes | 1,08 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

To say that Kian Soltani’s concerto debut for Deutsche Grammophon packs a punch is something of an understatement, and indeed long before Soltani even enters the fray, given that I’m not sure I’ve ever heard an orchestra sounding quite so dangerously, growlingly foreboding and theatrical at the opening of Dvořák’s Cello Concerto as is heard here from Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin in what was a live performance at the Berlin Philharmonie: markedly slower than the score’s metronome marking of 116 to a crotchet; little shivering swells added to the pianissimo crotchets concluding the first phrase; then not just a crescendo up to the first fortissimo statement of the main theme, but also a rushing accelerando; while this revving of the accelerator ultimately lands us smartly at Dvořák’s actual tempo marking, the effect is one of being caught up in a lethally super-speed, supremely polished whirlwind. If you’re a stickler for keeping to the score then you might balk, but there’s no question that it’s electrifying stuff. And on that note, remember Karajan’s glorious bar 72 injection of an ardent and thoroughly unscripted portamento swoop for DG, back in 1968 with Rostropovich? Well Barenboim’s repeated that trick here, and every bit as gloriously.

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Daniel Barenboim – Elgar – Sea Pictures. Falstaff (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Daniel Barenboim – Elgar – Sea Pictures. Falstaff (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 58:49 minutes | 0,99 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Decca Music Group Ltd.

No conductor working today has done more to internationalise Elgar’s music than Daniel Barenboim. Like Georg Solti and Bernard Haitink before him, Barenboim has recognised that the best of Elgar’s music deserves to be compared with that of his European contemporaries, and that its roots are often more firmly embedded in Austro-German late Romanticism than they are in the pastoral landscapes of Edwardian England. He made an extensive series of Elgar recordings with the London Philharmonic in the 1970s, but returned to the composer in 2014 with a recording of the Second Symphony, followed two years later by the First. Magnificently played by the Berlin Staatskapelle, with its burnished, dark central European sound, both performances were a revelation, immediately reconnecting Elgar with the composers he most admired, Brahms and Richard Strauss. If Barenboim’s subsequent Berlin recording of The Dream of Gerontius was less exceptional, it still cast fresh light on a staple of the British choral repertoire.
Elgar: Sea Pictures; Falstaff album art work

The two works on this latest disc present a very different challenge, however. Where the symphonies and even Gerontius relate very obviously to European archetypes, there’s something much more indelibly English about both Falstaff and the song cycle Sea Pictures. Falstaff is the nearest that Elgar came to composing a Straussian tone poem (he called it a “symphonic study”), but there is something missing here. Technically once again the performance is impeccable, but it misses a nostalgic dimension that the finest British recordings – Adrian Boult’s, John Barbirolli’s – identify more convincingly without ever becoming twee, which Barenboim’s performance unexpectedly does.

The Latvian mezzo Elīna Garanča is the soloist in Sea Pictures. Janet Baker’s recording with Barbirolli is the benchmark here, and though Garanča’s diction can be indistinct and she doesn’t match Baker’s conviction in the fusty Victorian poetry that Elgar sets, her golden sound and warm, supple phrasing are still very appealing on their own terms.

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UNICEF concert for Japan with Simon Rattle and Daniel Barenboim 2011 1080p WEB-DL AAC2.0 H.264-CHDWEB

Both the Berliner Philharmoniker and the Staatskapelle Berlin have been regular guests in Japan for many years and have many friends among the country’s music enthusiasts. Following the devastating earthquake and the nuclear disaster at Fukushima in March 2011, the two orchestras gave a joint benefit concert for the victims a few weeks later, with Sir Simon Rattle and Daniel Barenboim conducting.

All proceeds from the concert and from the live webcast in the Digital Concert Hall went to the UNICEF emergency fund in Japan. As Ken Hayami from the Japan Committee for UNICEF said, following the earthquake, the tsunami and the nuclear power plant disaster, UNICEF’s top priority was to help traumatised children in the affected areas as quickly and effectively as possible. With this concert, the musicians wanted to help them in their efforts.

To open the concert, the Staatskapelle Berlin and Daniel Barenboim perform Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony Pathétique. In addition to its concert activities, the Staatskapelle, whose history goes back to 1570, is the orchestra of the Staatsoper in Berlin. Daniel Barenboim has been general music director of the Staatskapelle since 1992. The Berliner Philharmoniker and chief conductor Sir Simon Rattle end the concert with a performance of Brahms’s Fourth Symphony. The orchestra has been an international UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2007.

https://www.digitalconcerthall.com/en/concert/2896

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Jacqueline Du Pre, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim – Dvorak: Cello Concerto & Silent Woods (1971) [Japan 2011] PS3 ISO + FLAC

Jacqueline du Pré, Chicago SO, Daniel Barenboim – Dvořák: Cello Concerto & Silent Woods (1971) [Japan 2011]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 49:12 minutes | Basic Scans included | 1,97 GB
or FLAC 2.0 (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Basic Scans included | 1,05 GB

At a young age, cellist Jacqueline du Pre achieved mainstream popularity. She is regarded as one of the most distinctive cellists of the last half of the 20th century. Her career was cut short by a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis which stopped her performances at the age of 27. This release was recorded in November 1970 at the Medinah Temple in Chicago & contains Dvorak’s 3 movements: Allegro, Adagio ma non troppo & Finale: Allegro Moderato as well as the additional piece of music Silent Woods, Op. 68. This is a pure analogue tape recording re-mastered for SACD.

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