Daniel Barenboim pours his soul into his piano
The II Edition of the Formentor Sunset Classics in 2014 got under way with an experience that will be well nigh unrepeatable. In what was his only piano recital in Spain this year, Daniel Barenboim performed three sonatas that made up a programme dedicated entirely to Schubert (No. 4 in A Minor, D537; No.13 in aA Major, D664 and No. 17 in D Major, "Gasteiner", D850), pieces that Barenboim himself said were "veritable treasures". The maestro then responded to the warmth and quality of the public, by regaling them with an interpretation of Chopin in what was a clear homage to Majorca, given his connections to the island.
The two pieces were his Nocturne, and, after the final applause, a masterful interpretation of his Ballad No.1, a most unusual choice for an encore due to its technical complexity, clearly denoting how deeply involved Daniel Barenboim was in the recital. During his earlier press conference, he had already made clear how much he was looking forward to the concert,
especially on account of the comments he had heard from his predecessor in the first edition of the Formentor Sunset Classics: "My friend Zubin Mehta told me that it is a magnificent place".
Thanks to the stage, which was set up beside the sea, in the gardens of the Barceló Formentor and which featured a transparent background, the setting sun provided a spectacular backdrop in what is one of Majorca's most superb natural settings.
Thanks to Maestro Daniel Barenboim, this new success has proven yet again that the Formentor Sunset Classics are the very epicentre of music performed by the world's leading figures. These musical events continue to provide highly exclusive encounters of a truly special nature, and to guarantee the highest quality in the Mediterranean.