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Conductor of the Staatsoper's Daniel Barenboim: I'm not a lamb

He has long been silent. For as long as possible. But now not only anonymous votes against him, according to were but three former members of the Staatskapelle

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Conductor of the Staatsoper's Daniel Barenboim: I'm not a lamb

He has long been silent. For as long as possible. But now not only anonymous votes against him, according to were but three former members of the Staatskapelle him criticized by name, has Daniel Barenboim gave two Interviews to the German press Agency and the RBB. The world-famous Maestro chooses not to attack-is-the-best-defense-tactics, but a thoughtful, recognizes that he tends to be quite, upset. What was the "Latin blood", which, in 1942, in Buenos Aires-born son of Jewish parents in the veins pulsate.

"I'm no lamb," he says on the Radio, and then specifically to the allegation of the former Paukisten Willi Hilgers, that it was in samples of repeated humiliations of individual musicians. "My interest is that he gives his Best. I'm impatient, when I think he can deliver it differently and does not do it for some reason. I don't think that's abnormal.“

Barenboim says, he would always start the conversation with those that described him in the classical music online magazine "Van", as well as the Bayerischer Rundfunk, as a choleric, eruptive outbursts of anger-prone chief "But until now no one has come forward with me." In this response, the discrepancy of self-perception and external perception. Anyone who complains that Daniel Barenboim ride of a climate of fear in the Staatsoper verb, is unlikely to come directly to him.

The state Opera artistic Director remains vague

to convey this Situation, is the task of the state Opera artistic Director Matthias Schulz. The left on Friday in a press release. He is a stand for "that conflicts there are, of course, an Opera house, be aware of and constructively addressed," said vague. A cornerstone of the work was an open, value-and fear-free handling of treasures to each other. "This includes all employees of the house, and thus, of course, are very dear to us is the General music Director Daniel Barenboim and the trusting cooperation with him. Together, we will continue to work on it.“ No word on how the house specifically with the allegations of deal, whether individual debates are to be initiated. It is not even mentioned, that in consultation with cultural Senator Klaus Lederer that a meeting has taken place.

That the criticism of his Person right now, according to, is not a coincidence, says Barenboim, the dpa: "the time is Now come, where the negotiations over an extension are held. I'm now in talks with the Senate.“ His current contract ends in the summer of 2022. In the culture administration itself is in this point buttoned. On request the speaker of the Senate Daniel Bartsch is not declared, one outer, generally speaking, to "contractual matters".

But exactly this question is the key to the Casus, because Daniel Barenboim is absolutely right. He knows what he wants: namely, to stay. Entitled him, in his eyes, the Staatskapelle him "conductor for life" has been awarded. It is, however, a purely honorary title, has legally no impact on how long the Maestro music Director remains Under the Linden. The of the Berlin Senate decides alone.

This should now have the courage to put the glamour of the Era in a clear finish. In order to protect the Workaholic Barenboim. He just had to pull out due to an eye operation from the production of Jörg Widmann's "Babylon"-Opera. In the last two years, he was beat more often health , burned out, again and again one is startled about his waxy face color.

No person with a normal Constitution would stand the strain that imposes on himself Barenboim. Since the age of eight, he stands on the stage, and jets around the world, as a Pianist and as a conductor. Partly, he was also the head of post on two continents. In 2022, he will be 80 years old, for three decades, he has shaped the state Opera. To let his contract expire, is not an Affront to a world star, but a sign of respect.

Barenboim is needed - in the case of his two young initiatives

The Institution of Opera may also be without Daniel Barenboim. In the fall of 1999 he founded the West-Eastern divan Orchestra, the question is, and also the 2017 opened Barenboim-Said Academy, whose goal is a convergence of young musicians from countries in the Middle East and North Africa through joint training, needs to live the commitment of their spiritus rector. In an age in which irrevocably the powers wane, would leave a farewell to the time-consuming Job at the Linden Opera, Barenboim room to take care of his two young initiatives. And he could make the friendship thread to the other, closely related Ensembles such as the Berlin Philharmonic will again close.

Since the days of Herbert von Karajan's was just dropped to experience in Berlin, and always has, formative personalities of the cultural life stayed exceptionally long in their positions until the end of a shadow on the deserved glory. Whether Ulrich Eckhardt play at the Berlin festival, Götz Friedrich at the Deutsche Oper in Harry Kupfer at the Komische Oper, Claus Peymann at the Berliner Ensemble, or Frank Castorf at the volksbühne – even in the most fortunate constellation at some point a saturation effect.

artist connections are not marriages, which are intended to hold until death do you part. But Life Partnerships. The change is necessary, the fresh look and the new impulse for the development of a stage, an orchestra, a Museum.

Daniel Barenboim really irreplaceable? In fact, a quite a few worthy successors of the name of a fall: Christian Thielemann, for example, a Grand master he, a real Berliner and interpretation, to largely the same Repertoire as active as Barenboim, Wagner and late romanticism. Gustavo Dudamel, as an artist, so blissful-ripened whirlwind of Venezuela, would be a good choice, Lahav Shani, the Barenboim-intensive-funded, 30-year-old shooting star of a bold. Fabio Luisi makes as Opera chief in Zurich, a good Job, as well as the Frankfurt Opera-in-chief, Sebastian Weigle – the is also a former assistant to Barenboim at the Staatsoper. Under the Conductor only Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla currently have enough Standing to be of the Staatskapelle accepted. Vladimir Jurowski, in Berlin, currently the chief of the radio Symphony orchestra, will be eliminated, however, because he has just signed a contract as musical Director of the Bavarian state Opera, starting in 2021.

Daniel Barenboim's enormous contribution to the music city of Berlin are undisputed. He has done as a performer of Large, almost Superhuman. The wishes of good, it would be that his Era can stay at the Staatsoper, until the last, brilliant and not by a lengthy dispute about his style of leadership is clouded.

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