New video: Menahem Pressler plays for Angela Merkel

New video: Menahem Pressler plays for Angela Merkel


norman lebrecht

January 09, 2015

Arte have uploaded the Berlin Philharmonic New Year’s concert, attended by the German Chancellor.

Soloist in the Mozart piano concerto K488 is Menahem Pressler, aged 91, making no concessions to his age.

He comes in at 16′ on the video. Watch, and wonder.

Click here.

menahem Pressler berlin


  • rambonito says:

    Isn’t he too old?

    • Max Grimm says:

      Not as long as he still enjoys performing and is able to maintain the required standard and ability (all of which he does).

  • Sanda Schuldmann says:

    The link gives the error “not available in your country (US)”
    So for the US members of this group you can get to it via YOUTUBE!
    Here is the link:

    • Petros Linardos says:

      Sanda, the link you posted is from Pressler’s BPO debut concert of last year. Great clip though.

      Regading the recent concert with Rattle, I found this:

      Precious, though short.

      Many thanks to Mr. Lebrecht for bringing to our attention such beautiful playing. I still don’t understand though why Mrs. Merkel is mentioned.

      • MRENTERZARCO says:

        She was possibly mentioned because like me, and several thousand others, she was in the audience, but unlike me [thankfully] she got some camera attention.
        “Menahem Pressler plays for mrenterzarco” possibly doesn’t have the same ring to it.
        His playing was extraordinary.

        • Max Grimm says:

          You are absolutely correct Mrenterzarco. And in these times where philistinism is becoming ever more widespread in politics, it’s always worth mentioning high ranking politicians who are frequent patrons or better yet, supporters of arts institutions.

  • Barbara says:

    Not available for New Zealand either.