Saturday, December 28, 2019

Barenboim's Master Classes On Beethoven With 'Passion'

I ran across some amazing videos on You-Tube of a series of masterclasses on the Beethoven piano sonatas given by the Israeli virtuoso pianist and conductor, Maestro Daniel Barenboim.  From Maestro Barenboim's web site:  The 77 year old Daniel Barenboim was "born [November 15, 1942] in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to Jewish Russia immigrant parents." 

Maestro Daniel Barenboim - conductor - pianist - teacher 
To watch and listen to this brilliant dialogue and instruction of the Beethoven sonatas between great virtuoso pianists is mesmerizing to me.  Even if you haven't had any music training, you will marvel and be entranced at listening to two music geniuses interacting with each other. 

To show you what I mean, here is the Daniel Barenboim masterclass with virtuoso pianist, Lang Lang, on the Beethoven Piano Sonata #23 in F-minor known as "Appasionata" [with passion, deeply emotional]. 

It takes 4 videos to show the entire masterclass.  The first video is more of an introduction of the series, and videos 2-4 are the instruction by Barenboim.  I promise you, after you watch video 2, you will be mesmerized like me, and you will eagerly want to immediately watch videos 3 and 4, to see how it ends, and how well Lang Lang does.  Spoiler alert: he does well. :-)  

So, please turn up the volume and play in full screen the Daniel Barenboim Masterclasses on the Beethoven "Appasionata" piano sonata [1st movement] with Lang Lang; and then watch on another video Maestro Barenboim's performance of the complete Appasionata Sonata that has 3 movements: 1. Allegro Assai; 2. Andante con moto; and 3. Allegro ma non troppo - presto.

Daniel Barenboim Masterclass on Beethoven Piano Sonata #23 with Lang Lang [#1]:


Daniel Barenboim Masterclass on Beethoven Piano Sonata #23 with Lang Lang [#2]:


Daniel Barenboim Masterclass on Beethoven Piano Sonata #23 with Lang Lang [#3]:


Daniel Barenboim Masterclass on Beethoven Piano Sonata #23 with Lang Lang [#4]:


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L.Van Beethoven: Piano Sonata #23 in F-minor, "Appasionata":




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