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Pierre Boulez Saal Opens in Berlin

This March, Daniel Barenboim takes part in the opening concerts of the new Pierre Boulez Saal. The hall, which is the public face of the Barenboim-Said Akademie in Berlin, celebrates “music for the thinking ear.”

“We want to bring you close to extraordinary music of many different kinds, performed by some of today’s finest musicians,” note Daniel Barenboim and Ole Bækhøj, Founder and Director of the Pierre Boulez Saal. “And we want to do this in an intimate setting that will allow you to listen closely – a place where contemporary music thrives and naturally co-exists with the Classical, Romantic, and 20th-century repertoire, where world premieres will share the stage with Arab music, jazz, lectures and more.”

Barenboim leads the new Boulez Ensemble in the hall’s opening concerts on 4 & 5 March, performing Boulez’s Initiale, Schubert’s Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, Mozart’s Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, and Berg’s Chamber Concerto for Piano and Violin with 13 Wind Instruments. On 13 March, Barenboim conducts the ensemble in Pierre Boulez’s Dérive 2 and Mozart’s Serenade in B-flat Major, “Gran Partita.”

The opening concerts also feature an exploration of the music of Schubert. Barenboim joins pianist Radu Lupu in duo recital on 8 March, performing Schubert’s Sonata in B-flat Major and Fantasia in f minor. On 10 & 12 March, Barenboim and baritone Christian Gerhaher present Schubert’s Winterreise. Barenboim performs a series of solo recitals, featuring the sonatas of Schubert, on 18, 19, 22, 23, 26, 27, 30, & 31 March.