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Daniel Barenboim [4-DVD box set]

Box: Daniel Barenboim / Various
Release Date: 10/26/2010 
Label:  Euroarts   Catalog #: 2058238  
Composer:  Franz LisztAstor PiazzollaCarlos GardelJulio De Caro,   ... 
Performer:  Daniel BarenboimLeopoldo Federico
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Buenos Aires Philharmonic OrchestraWest-Eastern Divan OrchestraChicago Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 4 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

As many readers will know, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra had its origins in 1993, in a London hotel lobby where the late Edward Said and Daniel Barenboim met for the first time. As this improbable friendship developed, the two men began exploring how the ideological chasm between Arabs and Israelis might be bridged. Six years later, the orchestra they envisioned, consisting of young Israeli and Arab musicians, had its first rehearsals in Weimar...

From the mysterious opening of Leonore No. 3, through the succession of trumpet calls, to the exultant finale, this performance unfolds with taught excitement, embellished by stunning playing by the wind band... [In] Fantasia on Themes by Rossini from three songs from the
Read more Soirées musicales: “La Danza,” “La Serenata,” and “Li Marinari.” While Shehata and Zlotnikov toss off the bravura passages with taste and brilliance, it’s their hand-in-glove ensemble in the extended cantabile sections that is most impressive...

...Watching Barenboim in the Brahms symphony, I sensed for the first time his indebtedness, if one may call it that, to Furtwängler, a conductor he is said to particularly admire... It was not any similarity of interpretive choices that struck me, but rather the extraordinary focus and unity of intent, as though conductor and orchestra shared heart and mind...

As I viewed these tremendously moving performances for the second and third time, I wondered what my reaction might be experiencing them blind, so to speak—the way orchestral players often audition, behind a screen, their identities concealed. For certainly the creation of West-Eastern Divan (its name taken from an 1819 collection of Goethe’s poems) was a political act, one aimed at assuaging a long-standing conflict that, by extension, continues to affect millions of lives far from the Middle East. Witnessing a group of young Egyptian, Syrian, Lebanese, and Jordanian musicians sharing music stands with their colleagues from Israel, under the baton of an Israeli citizen, is powerful stuff. But what is also powerful, and mightily so, is their playing. I am convinced that, if I hadn’t known the conductor or ensemble responsible for these performances, the commitment, passion, and sheer polish of their music-making would be obvious and quite remarkable. Very highly recommended.

-- Patrick Rucker, FANFARE [reviewing DVD 2, Euroarts 2055538]

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These four films from across two continents capture every aspect of Daniel Barenboim’s immense musicality, from pianist to conductor to orchestra-founder and champion of peace. From his period as Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra comes a thrilling concert of French and Spanish music given in Cologne in 2000, while a virtuoso all-Liszt piano recital at La Scala, Milan in 2007 is appropriately Italian-themed. A visit to Barenboim’s native Buenos Aires brings a tribute to the masters of the tango, while the pioneering West-Eastern Divan Orchestra is seen performing among the colonnades of the Palace of Charles V in the Alhambra.

Picture format DVD: NTSC 16:9
Sounds formats DVD: PCM Stereo, DD 5.0, DTS 5.0
Region code: 0
Booklet notes: English, German, French
Subtitles: DVD4: English, Deutsch, Français, Spanish
Running Time: DVD1: 86 mins, DVD2: 85 mins; DVD3: 110 mins (90 mins Concert + 20 mins Bonus Interview), DVD4: 96 mins

DVD 1: The Liszt Recital from La Scala (Item No: 2056748)
DVD 2: Barenboim & West-Eastern Divan Orchestra (Item No: 2055538)
DVD 3: Barenboim and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Item No: 2050136)
DVD 4: Tango Argentina (Item No: 2055868)

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Works on This Recording

1.
Années de pèlerinage, deuxième année, S 161 "Italie": no 4, Sonetto 47 del Petrarca by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1849; Weimar, Germany 
2.
Années de pèlerinage, deuxième année, S 161 "Italie": no 5, Sonetto 104 del Petrarca by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1849; Weimar, Germany 
3.
Années de pèlerinage, deuxième année, S 161 "Italie": no 6, Sonetto 123 del Petrarca by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1849; Weimar, Germany 
4.
Années de pèlerinage, deuxième année, S 161 "Italie": no 7, Après une lecture du Dante by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1849; Weimar, Germany 
5.
Légendes (2) for Piano, S 175: no 1, St Francis of Assisi preaching by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; Rome, Italy 
6.
Paraphrase on the "Miserere" from Verdi's "Trovatore", S 433 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Weimar, Germany 
7.
Paraphrase on themes from Verdi's "Aida", S 436 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; Rome, Italy 
8.
Paraphrase on Quartet from Verdi's "Rigoletto", S 434 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Weimar, Germany 
9.
Work(s) by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Leopoldo Federico (Bandoneon)
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra
10.
Work(s) by Carlos Gardel
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra
11.
Work(s) by Julio De Caro
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra
12.
Work(s) by Alberto Ginastera
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra
13.
Work(s) by Horacio Salgán
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra
14.
Leonore Overture no 3 in C major, Op. 72a by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805-1806; Vienna, Austria 
15.
Fantasia for 2 Double Basses on Themes by Rossini by Giovanni Bottesini
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
16.
Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 68 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855-1876; Austria 
17.
Tristan und Isolde: Prelude and Liebestod by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Germany 
18.
Notations (12) for Orchestra: no 1 by Pierre Boulez
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945/1978; France 
19.
Notations (12) for Orchestra: no 2 by Pierre Boulez
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945/1978; France 
20.
Notations (12) for Orchestra: no 3 by Pierre Boulez
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945/1978; France 
21.
Notations (12) for Orchestra: no 4 by Pierre Boulez
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945/1978; France 
22.
La mer by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903-1905; France 
23.
El sombrero de tres picos by Manuel de Falla
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; Spain 
24.
El firulete by José Carli
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 

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