Salzburg Festival 2019: Barenboim conducts the West–Eastern Divan Orchestra


Acclaimed by critics as an evening of superlative, Martha Argerich – arguably the greatest living pianist – joins Daniel Barenboim and his West-Eastern Divan Orchestra for an unforgettable interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto. Argerich’s playing is full of astonishing virtuosity and uncompromising, alternating with breakneck passages and tender tones. The audience thanked her with unanimous applause. In addition to Tchaikovsky’s brilliant piece, Schubert’s Symphony “Unfinished” is played, a work that has never been performed during the composer’s lifetime, as well as Lutosławski’s Concerto for Orchestra, completed in 1945 – a highly demanding technical piece that challenges orchestra members as virtuosos. The young musicians from Israel, Palestine, and other countries of the Middle East accomplish this task seemingly effortlessly and fascinate with their intense and dynamic playing, fantasy and clarity ate kept in excellent balance. The orchestra plays Schubert’s “Unfinished” with round and romantic tempi and warm sound, the woodwinds in particular are outstanding. Barenboim also sat down at the piano for the encore and, together with Martha Argerich, played the Rondo in A major by Franz Schubert, followed by standing ovations.

Additional Info

  • No: A045501180000
  • Composer: Franz Schubert, P. I. Tchaikovsky, Witold Lutosławski
  • Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
  • Orchestra: West–Eastern Divan Orchestra
  • Artists: Martha Argerich
  • Production year: 2019
  • Run time: 01:33:00
  • Producers: ZDF/3sat, Unitel in cooperation with Salzburg Festival
  • Format: HDTV 16:9
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