Daniel Barenboim is on 60 Minutes this week

Daniel Barenboim is on 60 Minutes this week


norman lebrecht

April 02, 2018

It will be his second appearance on the CBS flagship in 20 years.

This site shows his previous appearance, the one where he talks about his relationship with critics.

Watch this week’s interview here.


  • Donald Hansen says:

    He was on last night.

  • Donald Hansen says:

    Forgot to add that it was an excellent interview, well worth your time. You can probably get it on CBS web site.

  • Sue says:

    Avoid. He’s a bore.

  • Donald Hansen says:

    Well said. I have no recordings by Barenboim nor have I heard him play or conduct, but I was impressed by his character and what he had to say. Thank you for your comments to Mr. Mendel.

  • MacroV says:

    I have mixed feelings about Barenboim the musician; unquestionably brilliant, but to my view not all that compelling a performer/interpreter (though I was pretty dazzled by his mastery of Tristan when I saw him conduct it with the CSO back in 2001). But I thought it was a good piece. And particularly revealing for how he alienates both Palestinians and Israelis for reaching out to the other.

  • Stephen says:

    Barenboim is certainly an important figure and has stayed in the public eye for over 60 years but, judging mainly by his records, I find him a very good conductor as opposed to a great one.

    • Una says:

      In your opinion …

      In my opinion, he’s got spark and soul and originality in both his playing and his conducting, great or not. He’s doing the job, we’re not.

  • Mark says:

    Barenboim is a master …. at “modestly” proclaiming himself to be a paragon of decency and virtue, a model to which all men of morals must aspire. He’s a Jew only when it suits his purposes. Mostly, though, a self-hating Jew.
    As to his musical talents, I’m not so interested in orchestral music and opera, so I won’t comment on those domains. As a lover of piano music and performance, I find Barenboim rather lackluster in that area: no great insights musically and rather limited technically, so, overall, a really boring performer whom I would never spend good money to hear.
    From what my Jerusalem relatives told me, he was a self-centered PITA as a young boy and it doesn’t seem as if he changed much as an adult. He has, however, found his current starring role: savior of Palestinian children and hater of all things Israeli.

    • Saxon Broken says:

      He is not “self-hating Jew”, but rather has different views on Israel than perhaps you do. While I don’t particularly admire Barenboim, nevertheless, his views are honestly held, and completely legitimate. Whatever you may think, both Jews and non Jews are perfectly allowed to criticise Israel, or rather, the political decisions of the government of Israel without it meaning that they hate either Israel or Jewish people. This is no different from British people criticising the British government or American criticising the current president.


    How many you actually watched that 14′ clip or, at least, part of it?

    I fond it very fascinating, though to me Barenboim himself to be the least interesting part of it – same old, same old.

    A substantial part of the program, however, maybe 40% of it, features middle eastern musicians. Some play from the West East Divan Orchestra Barenboim. Others are students at Barenboim’s educational initiatives in Berlin and Ramallah. They are very interesting to watch and listen to. They even play some nice music.

    • Donald Hansen says:

      Yes,that is an excellent point. In thinking back about the program ( I saw it Sunday ) that is what I remember most about it.

  • JW says:

    Anyone know the name and composer of the solo piano piece that Barenboim was playing on this past Sunday’s interview?

  • Cyril Blair says:

    The earlier interview was a big wad of oily sycophancy from Bob Simon. The new interview is quite lovely, even though the interviewer asks some numbnut questions here and there. What Barenboim is doing with his musical diplomacy, or whatever you want to call it, is a wonderful thing and his attitude toward it all strikes me as exactly right.

  • Y says:

    Does anyone know the tile of the orchestra music that was being played at the beginning of the 60 minutes clip of Daniel Barenboim? Thank you.

  • Young Ae says:


    Does anyone know what orchestra music was being played at the beginning of the 60 minutes clip of Daniel Barenboim (1:02)? Thank you!