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Simon Rattle sends a birthday videogram to Daniel Barenboim

I guess they shot this before rehearsal, one Porgy morning.

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  1. How the Nobel Peace Prize jury could award it to the EU, who’re doing nothing for peace and leave out Daniel Barenboim, who is the most wonderful person I have heard of, really working his tail end off in his daily life for real Peace, showing an example for everyone else, will be one of the big questions for future generations to solve.

    Robert von Bahr, CEO, BIS Records and no, Daniel Barenboim is not, unfortunately, a BIS Artist.

  2. Happy Birthday, Mr Barenboim and best wishes with the New Project!!!!

  3. Robert Fitzpatrick says:

    Happy Birthday, indeed. The main event is live on Arte tonight from the Philharmonie (Berlin Phil is on tour in Oslo tonight). My guess is that this was recorded in mid-September when Sir Willard was singing Porgy and Bess with Sir Simon and the gang.

  4. Happy Birthday to Maestro Barenboim, whose artistry has been such an inspiration to me.

  5. Cute how he throws in a little Walküre in the end.

  6. Happy birthday indeed! (albeit belatedly – I’ve only just seen this!). He continues to enhance to musical lives of all of us.

    I hope (and am sure) that he enjoyed premièring the birthday present that Elliott Carter wrote for him (Dialogues II, in Milan a little over three weeks ago); of this little 5 minute piece (lightly scored for single woodwind, two horns, trumpet, trombone and strings) which is, I think, his penultimate work, the composer wrote on June 29, 2012 (presumably hot on the heels of completing it):

    “The dynamo of enthusiasm that propels his extraordinary musical skills – performing, conducting and imagining new ideas and his views on many varied conceptions (-) make Daniel a model and an exciting stimulus for us all. I hope a little of that reveals itself in this 70th birthday present”.

    I can but echo his sentiments as I mourn his passing a fortnight ago today.

    It’s also hard not to echo those of Robert von Bahr in the first comment above

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