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German Requiem 1972Edinburgh International Festival

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At this stage of his career, Daniel Barenboim was still something of a novice conductor. However, as a virtuoso concert pianist he had worked with the greatest conductors since childhood. He learned very quickly and generally claimed that his model was Furtwängler - an excellent starting point.

If there was a slight sense of disappointment in the event, at least at the first of two performances, that was nothing to do with the choir, orchestra, or conductor, who were all excellent. Howver neither soloist seemed in best voice, and the Swiss soprano, in particular, produced a more quavery tone than was ideal for a solo that demands absolute purity of delivery.

The concert began with the spotlight on the unaccompanied choir, when Barenboim conducted them in two of Bruckner's wonderful motets, the Locus iste and Ave Maria.

Performance DatesGerman Requiem 1972

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29 Aug, 20.00 30 Aug, 20.00

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