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The Very Best Of Daniel Barenboim

Barenboim,Daniel
Release Date: 07/17/2012 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 21720   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Georges BizetFrédéric ChopinJohannes BrahmsGabriel Fauré,   ... 
Performer:  Daniel BarenboimNorman JonesRobert TearBirgit Finnilä,   ... 
Conductor:  Daniel BarenboimSir John BarbirolliPierre Boulez
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 38 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The first CD is devoted to Barenboim performing music by Mozart, beginning with the Piano Concerto No.23 in A (K488) with the English Chamber Orchestra directed from the keyboard by the young Barenboim soon after he began recording for EMI. Then we hear Barenboim in chamber music, in Mozart’s Piano Trio in G K564, recorded almost 40 years later, with the outstanding Danish violinist Nikolaj Znaider and the young Belarusian cellist Kyril Zlotnikov, whom Barenboim admires so much that he has loaned him the Peresson cello that had belonged to Barenboim’s wife, the late Jacqueline du Pre?. Next comes Mozart’s set of Variations on ‘Les hommes pieusement’ by Gluck, and then Barenboim moves to the role of operatic conductor with the Mask Trio from Read more Don Giovanni, recorded with the cast he conducted at the Edinburgh Festival in 1973. The CD concludes with the finale from Mozart’s famous ‘Jupiter’ Symphony in which Barenboim conducts the Orchestre de Paris, of which he was principal conductor from 1975 to 1989.

CD 2 presents Barenboim in a wide range of contrasting repertoire, illustrating his extreme versatility as both pianist and conductor. The programme begins with Beethoven’s ‘Choral Fantasy’ which Barenboim conducts from the keyboard – no mean feat since the work involves a full symphony orchestra, a chorus and six vocal soloists, as well as the piano! The two movements from Bizet’s charming Jeux d’enfants are a further reminder of Barenboim’s time with the Orchestre de Paris, and then the opening movement from Barto?k’s powerful First Piano Concerto gives Barenboim the opportunity to demonstrate his keyboard virtuosity in music of the 20th century. Chopin’s Prelude No.4 in E minor is a brief glimpse of Barenboim’s understanding of the music of this Polish genius before we move to the romantic third movement of Brahms’s monumental Second Piano Concerto with Barenboim as an inspired soloist. The last two pieces put Barenboim back in the role of conductor, firstly in Faure?’s hauntingly beautiful Pavane recorded in Paris and then in Bruckner’s magnificent Te Deum with the forces of the New Philharmonia Chorus and Orchestra and four distinguished vocal soloists.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Jeux d'enfants, Op. 22: no 6, Trompette et tambour by Georges Bizet
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; France 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris 
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs. 
2.
Jeux d'enfants, Op. 22: no 3, La poupée by Georges Bizet
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; France 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
3.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 4 in E minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 01/18/1976 
Venue:  Evangelisches Gemeindehaus, Berlin-Zehle 
Length: 2 Minutes 4 Secs. 
4.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83: 3rd movement, Andante-Più adagio by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Daniel Barenboim (Piano), Norman Jones (Cello)
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1881; Austria 
Length: 13 Minutes 12 Secs. 
5.
Pavane, Op. 50 by Gabriel Fauré
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; France 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris 
Length: 6 Minutes 25 Secs. 
6.
Te Deum in C major, WAB 45 by Anton Bruckner
Performer:  Robert Tear (), Birgit Finnilä (), Don Garrard (),
Anne Pashley ()
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881-1884; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/04/1969 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Tooting Graveney, Lo 
Length: 22 Minutes 6 Secs. 
7.
Piano Concerto No. 1: 1. Allegro moderato - allegro - Allegro moderato by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Period: Modern 
Written: 1926-1929; Hungary 
Venue:  No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 9 Minutes 25 Secs. 
8.
Concerto for Piano no 23 in A major, K 488 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 26 Minutes 19 Secs. 
9.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 5 in G major, K 564 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Daniel Barenboim (Piano), Nikolaj Znaider (Violin), Kyril Zlotnikov (Cello)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Teldex Studio, Berlin 
Length: 16 Minutes 6 Secs. 
10.
Variations (10) for Piano in G major on Gluck's "Unser dummer Pöbel meint", K 455 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1991 
Venue:  Bavaria Studios, Munich 
Length: 1 Minutes 1 Secs. 
11.
Don Giovanni: Act 1. Scene 4. Conclusion. Tra quest'arbori celata by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Helen Donath (Voice), Roger Soyer (Voice), Alberto Rinaldi (Voice)
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
12.
Don Giovanni: Act 1. Scene 4. Conclusion. Bisogna aver coraggio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Antigone Sgourda (Voice), Luigi Alva (Voice), Roger Soyer (Voice),
Geraint Evans (Voice), Heather Harper (Voice)
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 
13.
Don Giovanni: Act 1. Scene 4. Conclusion. Protegga il giusto cielo by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Luigi Alva (Voice), Antigone Sgourda (Voice), Heather Harper (Voice)
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 40 Secs. 
14.
Symphony No. 41 in C, K 551 'Jupiter': 4. Finale: Molto allegro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Austria 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris 
Length: 12 Minutes 21 Secs. 
15.
Fantasia in C minor, Op. 80 "Choral Fantasy" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Endrik Wottrich (), Par Lindskog (), Andrea Bonig (),
Katharina Kammerloher (), Carola Höhn (), René Pape (),
Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Live  Philharmonie, Berlin 
Length: 8 Minutes 57 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Piano Concerto No. 23 in A K488: I. Allegro (cadenza by Mozart)
Piano Concerto No. 23 in A K488: II. Adagio
Piano Concerto No. 23 in A K488: III. Allegro assai
Piano Trio in G, K.564: I. Allegro
Piano Trio in G, K.564: II. Tema con variazioni: Andante
Piano Trio in G, K.564: III. Allegretto
Variations on 'Les hommes pieusement' 'Le rencontre imprévue' by Gluck, K.455: Thema : Allegretto
Variations on 'Les hommes pieusement' 'Le rencontre imprévue' by Gluck, K.455: Variation I
Variations on 'Les hommes pieusement' 'Le rencontre imprévue' by Gluck, K.455: Variation II
Variations on 'Les hommes pieusement' 'Le rencontre imprévue' by Gluck, K.455: Variation III
Variations on 'Les hommes pieusement' 'Le rencontre imprévue' by Gluck, K.455: Variation IV
Variations on 'Les hommes pieusement' 'Le rencontre imprévue' by Gluck, K.455: Variation V
Variations on 'Les hommes pieusement' 'Le rencontre imprévue' by Gluck, K.455: Variation VI
Variations on 'Les hommes pieusement' 'Le rencontre imprévue' by Gluck, K.455: Variation VII
Variations on 'Les hommes pieusement' 'Le rencontre imprévue' by Gluck, K.455: Variaton VIII
Variations on 'Les hommes pieusement' 'Le rencontre imprévue' by Gluck, K.455: Variation IX: Adagio
Variations on 'Les hommes pieusement' 'Le rencontre imprévue' by Gluck, K.455: Variation X: Allegro
Variations on 'Les hommes pieusement' 'Le rencontre imprévue' by Gluck, K.455: (Tempo I)
Don Giovanni, K.527 (1991 - Remaster), Act I, Scena quarta: Tra quest'arbori celata (Zerlina/Don Giovanni/Masetto)
Don Giovanni, K.527 (1991 - Remaster), Act I, Scena quarta: Bisogna aver corragio (Donna Elvira/Don Ottavio/Donna Anna/Leporello/Don Giovanni)
Don Giovanni, K.527 (1991 - Remaster), Act I, Scena quarta: Protegga il giusto cielo (Donna Anna/Don Ottavio/Donna Elvira)
Symphony No.41 in C, K.551 ("Jupiter"): IV. Finale (Allegro molto)
Fantasy for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra ,Op.80 'Choral Fantasia': Adagio
Fantasy for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra ,Op.80 'Choral Fantasia': Finale - Allegro -
Fantasy for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra ,Op.80 'Choral Fantasia': Allegro molto
Fantasy for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra ,Op.80 'Choral Fantasia': Adagio, ma non troppo
Fantasy for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra ,Op.80 'Choral Fantasia': Marica, assai vivace - Allegro
Fantasy for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra ,Op.80 'Choral Fantasia': Allegretto, ma non troppo (quasi Andante con moto) - Presto
Jeux d'enfants (Petite Suite) (1973 Digital Remaster): Marche (Trompette et Tambour)
Jeux d'enfants (Petite Suite) (1973 Digital Remaster): Berceuse (La poupée)
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 Sz83 (2003 - Remaster): Allegro moderato - Allegro - Allegro moderato
Preludes Op. 28: No. 4 in E minor (Largo)
Piano Concerto No. 2 in B Flat Major, Op.83 (1998 - Remaster): III. Andante
Pavane Op. 50 (1887, orchestral version) (1987 Digital Remaster)
Te Deum (2000 - Remaster): Te Deum laudamus (choir/solo quartet)
Te Deum (2000 - Remaster): Te ergo quaesumus (solo quartet)
Te Deum (2000 - Remaster): Aeterna fac cum sanctis tuis (solo quartet/choir)
Te Deum (2000 - Remaster): Salvum fac populum tuum (solo quartet/choir)
Te Deum (2000 - Remaster): In te, Domine, speravi (choir/solo quartet)

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