Saturday, 16 February 2008
The first culture post
In today's Guardian, Martin Kettle writes about Daniel Barenboim's cycle of piano sonatas at the Royal Festival Hall which concludes tomorrow. I have had the fortune to attend two of these concerts seeing a true artistic and intellectual master in action. I have seen him conduct an incredible cycle of Brahms symphonies previously as well as an urgent and driving performance of Beethoven's ninth. As Martin Kettle argues, some things just are great. Beethoven's music is great and Daniel Barenboim, a rare artistic leader who has reached into intellectual and political endeavour to devastating effect, is great also.