MEMETERIA by Thomas May

Music & the Arts

Daniel Barenboim Celebrates 70 Years Onstage

On 19 August 1950, at the age of 7, Daniel Barenboim gave his first public concert in his native Buenos Aires. Just 15 years later, on the same day, came his Salzburg Festival debut — also at the keyboard, when he was the soloist with the Vienna Philharmonic.

At Salzburg, Barenboim performed an all-Beethoven program on the 70th anniversary of his stage debut, including the Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat major, Op. 110, and the Diabelli Variations. The recital will be broadcast on Monday, 24 August, via

Earlier, at the Grosses Festspielhaus, Barenboim led his West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in a program of Wagner, Boulez, Schoenberg, and Beethoven. You can also catch a re-broadcast of this concert on available starting 22 August CET; it will also be broadcast on br-klassik on Monday, 7 September, at 18:05 CET.

Salzburg Festival’s President Helga Rabl-Stadler released this statement to mark the occasion” “The philosophy that led Max Reinhardt and Hugo von Hofmannsthal to found the Salzburg Festival 100 years ago also guides the life of the great artist and human being Daniel Barenboim. He is a crusader against the zeitgeist’s vacuity. He is a champion of peace, resisting all setbacks. His active conviction and faith in the power of the arts, particularly in difficult times, is especially inspiring to us in this centenary year.”

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