Daniel Barenboim returns to Royal Festival Hall during the 2014/15 season both as a piano soloist and as a conductor. Together, these performances form The Barenboim Project 2015.
Barenboim at Southbank Centre
Daniel Barenboim’s special relationship with Southbank Centre goes back to 1956 when he made his Royal Festival Hall debut at the age of 13. Since then he has been a much-loved and regular visitor. Both his sell-out Beethoven Piano Sonatas recitals in 2008 and the Beethoven and Schoenberg concerts in 2010 were major cultural events, attended by tens of thousands of music lovers and which attracted huge media attention.
Schubert Piano Sonatas
During The Barenboim Project 2015 Barenboim takes to the piano in Royal Festival Hall, to perform Schubert’s Piano Sonatas over four recitals.
Schubert’s piano sonatas are some of his most intimate and moving musical statements. The poignant last three sonatas are among the major masterpieces of Schubert’s extraordinary final year before his death at the age of 31; but all of the sonatas display Schubert’s unique ability to express simultaneously the bitter and the sweet – the darkest of areas of the human psyche and the most simple, touching optimism.
Barenboim As A Conductor
With Staatskapelle Berlin - an orchestra described as ‘one of the finest in the world’ by Barry Millington in London Evening Standard - Barenboim also performs two concerts as conductor.