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Conductor conundrums

For Better, For Worse

Daniel Barenboim is chief conductor for life of the Staatskapelle Berlin. Three years after the first allegations of humiliating and bullying against the conductor, the situation at his opera house is more strained than ever.


Audio of the week

Bartók: Piano Concerto No. 3, Allegro Vivace (Pierre-Laurent Aimard, San Francisco Symphony, Esa-Pekka Salonen)

Pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard joins forces with the San Francisco Symphony and Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen for a recording of Bartók’s complete Piano Concertos. A pianist himself, Bartók imbued his three concertos with multiple aspects of his compositional persona, ranging from complex and innovative (the First) to exuberant (the Second) and serene (the Third). The result is a fascinating slice of his musical life. This all-Bartók release marks the first Pentatone collaboration between Esa-Pekka Salonen and the San Francisco Symphony, an ensemble he has reshaped through creative performance concepts and expansive new media projects.

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