Barenboim Birthday Edition: The Conductor

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All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
Daniel Barenboim has distinguished himself by an exemplary career, including brilliant solo piano performances, chamber music collaborations with some of the world's greatest musicians, and, of course, a conducting legacy that has led him to the helm of many of the finest orchestras and opera companies, including the Chicago Symphony, the Orchestre de Paris, Staatskapelle Berlin, and La Scala. This five-disc collection on the WCJ label features some of Barenboim's performances made from as long ago as 1988 through two live recordings made in 2005.The liner notes bill this collection as a celebration of Barenboim at 65 and it would seem more fitting for all of these ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
Daniel Barenboim has distinguished himself by an exemplary career, including brilliant solo piano performances, chamber music collaborations with some of the world's greatest musicians, and, of course, a conducting legacy that has led him to the helm of many of the finest orchestras and opera companies, including the Chicago Symphony, the Orchestre de Paris, Staatskapelle Berlin, and La Scala. This five-disc collection on the WCJ label features some of Barenboim's performances made from as long ago as 1988 through two live recordings made in 2005.The liner notes bill this collection as a celebration of Barenboim at 65 and it would seem more fitting for all of these performances to be recent ones, which they are not for the most part. Still, the performances selected truly represent Barenboim's vision to totally unify the technical and musical aspects of music. They also showcase his extreme versatility through his intimate interpretations of Scriabin, Schumann, Wagner, Beethoven, and Mozart. The jewel of the collection, however, is the live recording of Mahler's "Fifth Symphony" with the Chicago Symphony. Although not performing in the usual venue, which creates occasional ensemble difficulties, the precision and profundity that are achieved with this combination of orchestra and conductor simply cannot be improved upon.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/4/2007
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • UPC: 825646984626
  • Catalog Number: 361788
  • Sales rank: 312,031

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Le Poème de l'extase (Poem of Ecstasy), symphony [No. 4] in C major, Op. 54 - Alexander Scriabin & Daniel Barenboim (19:59)
  2. 2–5 Symphony No. 3 in C minor ("Divine Poem"), Op. 43 - Alexander Scriabin & Daniel Barenboim (52:02)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Act 1. Vorspiel - Richard Wagner & Daniel Barenboim (3:52)
  2. 2 Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Act 1. Zwangvolle Plage! Müh' ohne Zweck! - Richard Wagner & Daniel Barenboim (3:22)
  3. 3 Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Act 1. Hoiho! Hoiho! Hau ein! Hau ein! - Richard Wagner & Daniel Barenboim (1:35)
  4. 4 Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Act 1. Da hast du die Stücken, schändlicher Stümpe - Richard Wagner & Daniel Barenboim (2:19)
  5. 5 Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Act 1. Als zullendes Kind zog ich dich auf - Richard Wagner & Daniel Barenboim (1:22)
  6. 6 Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Act 1. Vieles lehrtest du, Mime - Richard Wagner & Daniel Barenboim (1:58)
  7. 7 Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Act 1. Mein Kind, das lehrt dich kennen - Richard Wagner & Daniel Barenboim (2:51)
  8. 8 Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Act 1. Wo hast du nun, Mime, dein minniges Weibche - Richard Wagner & Daniel Barenboim (3:03)
  9. 9 Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Act 1. Einst lag wimmernd ein Weib - Richard Wagner & Daniel Barenboim (5:23)
  10. 10 Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Act 1. Und diese Stücken sollst du mir schmieden - Richard Wagner & Daniel Barenboim (1:48)
  11. 11 Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Act 1. Da stürmt er hin! - Richard Wagner & Daniel Barenboim (1:18)
  12. 12 Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Act 1. Heil dir, weiser Schmied! - Richard Wagner & Daniel Barenboim (3:15)
  13. 13 Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Act 1. Hier sitz' ich am Herd, und setze mein Haup - Richard Wagner & Daniel Barenboim (1:42)
  14. 14 Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Act 1. Du rührtest dich viel auf der Erde Rücken - Richard Wagner & Daniel Barenboim (2:01)
  15. 15 Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Act 1. Viel, Wanderer, weißt du mir aus der Erde N - Richard Wagner & Daniel Barenboim (2:22)
  16. 16 Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Act 1. Viel, Wanderer, weißt du mir von der Erde r - Richard Wagner & Daniel Barenboim (3:48)
  17. 17 Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Act 1. Fragen und Haupt hast du gelöst - Richard Wagner & Daniel Barenboim (2:27)
  18. 18 Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Act 1. Nun, ehrlicher Zwerg, sag mir zum ersten - Richard Wagner & Daniel Barenboim (2:05)
  19. 19 Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Act 1. Wie doch genau das Geschlecht du mir nennst - Richard Wagner & Daniel Barenboim (1:55)
  20. 20 Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Act 1. Ha ha ha! Der witzigste bist du unter den W - Richard Wagner & Daniel Barenboim (1:06)
  21. 21 Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Act 1. Dreimal solltest du fragen - Richard Wagner & Daniel Barenboim (2:13)
  22. 22 Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Act 1. Verfluchtes Licht! - Richard Wagner & Daniel Barenboim (1:03)
  23. 23 Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Act 1. Heda! Du Fauler! - Richard Wagner & Daniel Barenboim (3:15)
  24. 24 Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Act 1. Fühltest du nie im finstren Wald - Richard Wagner & Daniel Barenboim (1:49)
  25. 25 Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Act 1. Sonderlich seltsam muß das sein! - Richard Wagner & Daniel Barenboim (2:39)
  26. 26 Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Act 1. Feine Finten weiß mir der Faule - Richard Wagner & Daniel Barenboim (3:18)
  27. 27 Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Act 1. Nothung! Nothung! Neidliches Schwert! - Richard Wagner & Daniel Barenboim (4:37)
  28. 28 Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Act 1. Bald schwing' ich dich als mein Schwert! - Richard Wagner & Daniel Barenboim (3:09)
  29. 29 Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Act 1. Hoho! Hoho! Hahei - Richard Wagner & Daniel Barenboim (5:55)
Disc 3
  1. 1–5 Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor - Gustav Mahler & Daniel Barenboim (69:14)
Disc 4
  1. 1–4 Symphony No. 1 in B flat major ("Spring"), Op. 38 - Robert Schumann & Daniel Barenboim (34:58)
  2. 5–8 Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 61 - Robert Schumann & Daniel Barenboim (37:39)
Disc 5
  1. 1–3 Sinfonia concertante for oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon & orchestra in E flat major, K(3) 297b (K. Anh. C 14.01) (spurious) - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Daniel Barenboim (29:41)
  2. 4–7 Symphony No. 5 in C minor ("Fate"), Op. 67 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Daniel Barenboim (31:31)
  3. 5 Speech by Daniel Barenboim - Spoken Word & Claudia Wafer (4:33)
  4. 6 Enigma Variations, for orchestra, Op. 36: Nimrod - Edward Elgar & Daniel Barenboim (4:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Daniel Barenboim Primary Artist
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