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Daniel Barenboim

Discussion in 'Pianists' started by Victor Atanasov, Sep 2, 2011.

  1. Victor Atanasov

    Victor Atanasov New Member

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    Daniel Barenboim is one of the greatest pianists of the 20-th,21-st century,one of my most favorite pianist as well,I don't think nowadays anyone plays Beethoven and Mozart like him.Been curious though,I've never seen,nor heard,him playing anything from Rachmaninov.Has any of you heard him performimg Rachmaninov?Tried to find anything on the internet,but couldn't.Why do you think he doesn't play Rachmaninov,he might not be a fan of Rachmaninov,or,just curious.
     
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    Yes, Barenboim is a very fine pianist. Not sure why he hasn't recorded any Rachmaninov. Maybe because he (Barenboim) is not a charming man? I know that sounds silly, but I know he's not the most charming/romantic/dramatic man on earth from observing his time as principal conductor with the CSO. Perhaps he can't relate to Rachmaninov's highly dramatic music? Who knows....I'm just taking a wild guess here...
     
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    Yeah,that's what my guess is too!Just don't think he enjoys Rachmaninov as much.Just was curious as out of all of the other great pianists,he seems to be the only one not playing Rachmaninov!
     
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    I think I read somewhere that Barenboim's hands are comparatively small. If so, that would be an possible explanation.
     
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    That's a possible explanation too.Usually Rachmaninov is one of pianists' favourite composers and his piano concerts are a goal of most.
     
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    ^ +1. That' what I thought so too. But also, here is what I think what Barenboim mindset is. and I quote, well from what I read:

     
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    I don't think that would be the reason. Do you know the pianist Ruth Slenczynska? She was a student of Rachmaninoff's (I think one of the very few), and is among the tiniest women I ever met. She MAY be all of only 5 feet tall (I think she is shorter), but she could play. I think Alicia de Larrocha is also a diminuitive woman but played both Rach 2 & 3. Perhaps Barenboim's perspective was that of the contemporaries of Rachmaninoff -- he is writing outdated, old-fashioned music, and should be left behind where he deserves to be as a post-romantic. Consider the great works of Debussy, Ravel, Bartok, Prokofiev, Stravinsky and even of the 2nd Viennese School -- and then there is poor Rachmaninoff who can't stop stacking chords in tertian harmony and can't let go of functional tonality. Anyway, of course they were wrong. Long live Rachmaninoff -- whether Barenboim plays him or not.
     
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    Not to mention her Granados! Plenty of wide chords there too!!
     

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