Festtage is here again. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the festival offered a new production of Gluck's Orpheo et Eurydice and the revival of last year's Parsifal along with concerts loaded with star soloists. Here are the reviews of the performances I attended:
The Elgar's First Symphony was a great choice for the second part of the concert. It's one of Barenboim regular piece in the repertoire and he didn't bother studying a new piece, so tada! His interpretation was generally great. Right tempo, dramatic highs & lows and always with the right amount of energy. The work itself is actually not complicated, made it easy to be loved by the general audience or those still unfamiliar with most Elgar's works like me.
Elgar's Second Symphony is another regular in Barenboim's repertoire. Having released the piece as recording with Staatskapelle recently, this Festtage occasion is a great way to promote it. It was a fine interpretation overall. Interesting fact: Yo-Yo Ma joined the Staatskapelle to play this piece. Sitting in the last cello row, right in front of the bass, Ma seemed very excited during the whole piece. It's not everyday, that you get a world-class soloist, joining in the orchestra to play the second part of the concert. Where did he get all that energy? I can't wait for his next concert in Berlin.
Were any of YOU reading my blog also present in Berlin for this Festtage???