Daniel Barenboim and his West–Eastern Divan Orchestra

Jörg Widmann

Con brio


Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major


Tannhäuser – Overture

Götterdämmerung – Dawn and Siegfried’s Rhine JourneyGötterdämmerung – Siegfried’s Death and Funeral March

The Mastersingers of Nuremberg – Overture

Martha Argerich (piano)
West–Eastern Divan Orchestra
Daniel Barenboim (conductor)

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Reviewed: 3 August, 2020

Tonight, a memorable concert from the 2016 season, when Daniel Barenboim paired his orchestra of young Arabs and Israelis with the iconic pianist Martha Argerich in a thundering performance of Liszt’s First Piano Concerto. The concert begins with a work by Jörg Widmann. Entitled Con brio, it harnesses the energy of Beethoven’s fast movements in an ‘exercise in fury and rhythmic insistence’. Barenboim – who conducted Wagner’s Ring cycle at the Proms in 2013 – concludes with powerful excerpts from three of the composer’s most popular works.

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(From the BBC Proms 2016, 17 August)

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