Barenboim And Staatskapelle Berlin Head To Sydney

Daniel Barenboim. Image Holger Kettner
Daniel Barenboim. Image Holger Kettner

Daniel Barenboim, the acclaimed Argentine-Israeli conductor and classical music legend will lead an exclusive Australian appearance of the distinguished German orchestra, the Staatskapelle Berlin, in Sydney this November. One of the world’s most celebrated conductors and revered concert pianists, Barenboim’s unparalleled expertise with Romantic-era orchestral repertoire will captivate audiences over three extraordinary nights in the Concert Hall, on the 60th anniversary of his first visit to Australia.

Two of the three evening concerts will feature the performance of Brahms’ four symphonies. The third concert features the symphonies of Beethoven and Schubert.

Formed in 1570, the Staatskapelle Berlin is the world’s third oldest orchestra with an exceptional, dark and warm sound shaped by a long line of celebrated conductors including Felix Mendelssohn and Richard Strauss and their relative isolation in East Germany.

In addition to winning seven Grammy Awards and holding the Musical Directorship of the Staatskapelle Berlin since 1992, Maestro Barenboim is also the General Music Director of the Staatsoper Berlin. He previously served as Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris and Teatro alla Scala in Milan. Fluent in Spanish, Hebrew, English, French, Italian, and German, he is the only Israeli in the world to hold both Palestinian and Israeli passports. He co-founded the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, which was designated a United Nations Global Advocate for Cultural Understanding in 2016. In 2008, he received the International Service Award for the Global Defence of Human Rights.

Concert One, November 25: Brahms Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73/ Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68
Concert Two, November 26: Brahms Symphony No. 3 in F Major, Op. 90/ Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 98
Concert Three, November 27: Beethoven Symphony No. 3 in E Major, Op. 55 / Schubert Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D. 759, Unfinished 

As part of his recently announced exclusive recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon, the world’s iconic classical label, Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin have recorded the complete Brahms Symphonies, which will be released by Universal Music Australia in time for the tour.

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