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      Barenboim - A free and uninhibited spirit

      Documentary maker Christopher Nupen remembers his first encounter with Daniel Barenboim, and tells the story of their collaboration that led to the legendary 1969 film, The Trout

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      Daniel Barenboim first swam boldly into my ken in the New Cavendish Street flat which I shared with the guitarist John Williams. His self-assurance was spectacular. We even managed to have a rather ferocious argument within the first few minutes of meeting. I no longer remember the substance of it but the impression of a free uninhibited spirit struck me forcibly and stayed with me.

      John and Daniel had met at the summer school of the Accademia Chigiana in Siena where they became jointly famous for being the youngest and perhaps the most astonishingly gifted of the participants.

      The impression of a free uninhibited spirit struck me forcibly and stayed with me.

      We called the film The Trout, despite the BBC’s complaint that the public would think it a fishing film

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      The Trout - watch a clip from a film documenting a legendary performance of Schubert's chamber work

      On 30 August 1969, five young musicians came together to play Schubert's Trout Quintet in the new Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. Their names: Daniel Barenboim (piano), Itzhak Perlman (violin), Pinchas Zukerman (viola), Jacqueline du Pré (cello) and Zubin Mehta (double bass). The concert, and its preparations, were filmed and 'The Trout' became one of the best-loved and most successful classical music documentaries ever made. In this clip, watch the musicians prepare for the concert.

      Extract courtesy Allegro films. Christopher Nupen writes about Barenboim here. Continue reading...

      Schubert: ‘The Great’ C Major Symphony CD review – rusticity and irresistible energy

      The late Claudio Abbado leads his Orchestra Mozart to balance Schubert’s symphony on the cusp of Romanticism

      Claudio Abbado’s international career was launched with Schubert, when he won the Koussevitsky conducting competition in 1958 with a performance of the Unfinished Symphony, and the composer remained an important part of Abbado’s repertoire until his death. His performances of the complete symphonies with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe have been among the finest on disc since they were recorded for Deutsche Grammophon a quarter of a century ago. Abbado was also one of the few leading conductors to champion (and record) Schubert’s opera Fierrabras, and the Unfinished Symphony also began the programme of the final concerts he conducted in Lucerne in 2013.

      Two years earlier he’d performed the Ninth Symphony, “the Great” C major, in concerts in Bologna and Bolzano, with the Orchestra Mozart, the chamber orchestra he founded in 2004. This disc has been assembled from those 2011 performances, his view of the work seems to have changed little over almost 25 years. As before, Abbado observes every repeat in the score, so that the symphony lasts over 60 minutes. The first and third movements take a little longer this time, the finale is a bit faster, and despite Abbado’s choice of a chamber orchestra for such a massive work, nothing ever seems underpowered.

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