Daniel Barenboim: See his hands in action
I persuaded Barenboim and London's Southbank Centre to give me this short clip of him playing Beethoven Concerto No 3 with the Berlin Staatskapelle on Tuesday night at the Royal Festival Hall in London. The camera was mounted just to his left and gives us a chance to see something that most of the live audience couldn't - Barenboim playing the piano.
It was an extraordinary event to witness. Barenboim sat with his back to the majority of the audience; his piano was set at the centre-front of the stage where the conductor's podium would normally go, allowing him to simultaneously conduct. That takes some doing, especially when you have a global reputation to uphold in both disciplines.
Barenboim is not only considered to be one of the most gifted conductors of his generation, but also one of the world's greatest exponents of Beethoven's piano pieces, bringing remarkable knowledge and sensitivity to his playing.
And when he wasn't conducting or using both hands to play the piano, he was wiping his brow with a handkerchief. All of this masterfully executed without the music in front of him. He received a standing ovation at the interval, which, like the occasion itself, is a very rare event.
Thanks to those who have commented on my previous two posts. Particularly to mikeofthewest who provided this link in response to the video I posted of 40 finches playing Gibson Les Paul guitars.
I also remain very interested in seeing more high-quality examples of medium-specific internet art; there must be some out there?