The annual workload survey of orchestras and conductors is out this morning from Bachtrack and the man who seems to be burning the candle at both ends, and in the middle of the podium is, for once, not Valery Gergiev.
Daniel Barenboim was clocked last year in no fewer than 56 orchestral concert performances, 49 operas and 15 piano recitals – a total of 120 gigs over the calendar year. He is music director of the state opera in Berlin and at La Scala. He also runs the West-Eastern Diwan Orchestra.
Barenboim turned 70 in November. Even on the latest biomedical supplements, he must know that he is pushing his luck. And ours.
He’s the only classical musician, aside from Gergiev, who commands world attention and can talk to world leaders, eye to eye. We need him to take more care.