02 January 2009

Barenboim's schedule for 4-12 April

This is Daniel Barenboim's schedule for 4-12 April:

04. April: WAGNER: Lohengrin (Premiere)
05. April: MAHLER: Sinfonie Nr. 9 D-Dur
07. April: BRAHMS: Ein deutsches Requiem
08. April: WAGNER: Lohengrin
09. April: SCHUBERT: Winterreise op. 89 D 911 (with Thomas Quasthoff)
10. April: VERDI: Messa da Requiem
11. April: BARTÓK: Klavierkonzert Nr. 2 G-Dur + BERLIOZ: Symphonie Fantastique op. 14
12. April: WAGNER: Lohengrin

I don't understand how this is possible, and I doubt it can be a healthy schedule. It is positive, though, that it enables many people (in Berlin) to experience one of the greatest musicians of our time.

The big question is: When are the rehearsals?

I am lucky to have tickets for the Lohengrin premiere and the Mahler concert.

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1 comment:

mostly opera... said...

This is nothing compared to last year, where he conducted Don Giovanni in Berlin and Tristan at La Scala simultaneously, flying back and forth (the Don G was underrehearsed, though)..

Barenboims Festtage program is always more or less like this, and have been seen much worse, as all the pieces this year are more or less standard fare for him and the involved orchestras.
And note that Barenboim to an extraordinary degree performs with musicians he knows well through many years in various repertoire, which applies to the soloist in the April programme as well (René Pape, Dorothea Röschmann, Lang Lang, Thomas Quasthoff etc.).

Regarding rehearsals, my guess is he won´t rehearse the Winterreise with Quasthoff (they have performed it several times previously together and didn´t rehearse it then). The Verdi Requiem is pretty standard fare for orchestra as well as soloists. Same goes for the Brahms Requiem.
Lohengrin he will probably rehearse, though he may have assistants do most of the rehearsals.