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Barenboim, Staatskapelle Berlin, Boulez, Royal Festival Hall | reviews, news & interviews

Barenboim, Staatskapelle Berlin, Boulez, Royal Festival Hall

Barenboim, Staatskapelle Berlin, Boulez, Royal Festival Hall

Mastery and quirkiness but no transcendentalism in Liszt and Wagner

Daniel Barenboim: Pianistic versatility as usual, but cloudy in Lisztian thunderSheila Rock

What next - Boulez and Barenboim in Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov? The two numbered Liszt concertos are probably as far as they're going to go in lacier romantic repertoire, and last night it didn't feel far enough to justify the predictable standing ovation. Like three of the works on the advertised programme - Wagner's Siegfried Idyll the exception - the performances were masterly and original without hitting the heights, revealing in orchestral textures and pianistic versatility without being revelatory.

That sliver of ice in the soul which came in useful for channelling Liszt's romantic torrents chilled the baby blood of Wagner's Siegfried Idyll

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