Daniel Barenboim ‘needs to wear a body-com at work’

Daniel Barenboim ‘needs to wear a body-com at work’


norman lebrecht

September 06, 2019

Persistent allegations of workplace rages and other anti-social acts have prompted a writer in Der Tagesspiegel to suggest that the Staatsoper music director should, like policemen, wear a body-cam to work.

Ridiculous? Not in the present climate.


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  • Lynne says:

    Women have had to be cautious and/or afraid of being alone with men they don’t know for just about forever. Cry me a River.

  • Steve says:

    Perhaps you might want to change the spelling on your headline?

    • Esther Cavett says:

      Also, DB needs to think more of physical welfare of his charges.. A couple of seasons ago his orch did a Carnegie Hall residency where ALL nine Bruckner symphonies were performed in a week.
      No commentator could think of a similar case of this composer in such a short space of time.

      For string players all those tremolos are extremely tiring to the wrist and Br. Is very hard work on horn players. A cycle is those few days was really to glorify the conductor who did almost all of them from memory. I’m reliably told that the orch representatives did object to the insane physical demands of doing this cycle, but it didn’t get them very far

      • Chris says:

        It is quite possible that any orchestra DB conducts will have a (very) large complement of players, plus quite a number of ‘extra’ players drafted in for the occasion. On that basis MOST of the players would be able to pace themselves and, do not forget the advice I was once given by a well extablished violinist, which was that if I intended to become a professional orchestral string player, ‘you need to be as fit as a rugby player’.

    • Mark says:

      Yes, what is a body-COM? hahaha

  • Mustafa Kandan says:

    It is almost a relief that allegations against him are not sexual in nature. There are two annoying things at the moment that seem interminable. One is the spurious sexual allegations appearing out of nowhere against anyone who is famous after every few weeks, always based on vaguely remembered past events. The other thing is the ongoing Brexit fiasco. Frustrating times indeed.

  • Gustavo says:

    So he’s got one…


    Sponsored by the manipulative German car industry.

  • sam says:

    One can be a great conductor and a perfect gentleman. Haitink comes to mind. Why do orchestras settle for Mr. Wrong?

    • Cubs Fan says:

      Seeing as Haitink is now on wife number 4, “perfect gentlemen” might be a stretch. He may be Mr. Nice Guy with musicians, I don’t know.

      • Bill says:

        Lots of wives seems to be a not-uncommon trait for big-name conductors. Not impossible to imagine that the lifestyle might be difficult on relationships over the long run, even if one of the parties wasn’t a conductor!

      • Tamino says:

        Well, it’s not always the man’s fault, if a marriage goes belly up, or is anything a man’s fault these days?

    • Pablo says:


    • Po says:

      Not sure Haitink has the best temper. Hasn‘t he just crashed out with RC Amsterdam, so bad that they didn‘t even send good wishes on his 90 yo concert programme…

    • Enquiring Mind says:

      People have different personalities. Why would they all be like Haitink? Beethoven was no R. Strauss in his disposition. Does that negate the value of Beethoven?

  • Karl says:

    He stole my idea!

    • Gustavo says:

      Right, but who stole it?
      Tagesspiegel, BMW, or DB himself?

      By the way, looking at the above body-cam clip, it looks as if DB is conducting Tristan & Isolde without a score.


  • Anon says:

    Hmm…here’s an idea: don’t be a jerk, don’t harass anyone in any way, and just make the best music. No need for body cams!


  • Philippa Ballard says:

    Somebody needs to photoshop DB’s teeth 😉 Surely a man of his vast wealth can afford to have them done. See below and zoom in if you dare. I blame the cigars


  • muslit says:

    Great conductors are few. B is not one of them. He always impressed me as being a Furtwangler wannabe. He should have stuck with the piano – only. At least there he’d be in the company of other good pianists who never ventured outside the mainstream – meaning predictable but competent.

  • Esther Cavett says:

    ==Somebody needs to photoshop DB’s teeth

    Oh, so SD is now addressing dental issues 😉
    My vote for best musician’s teeth is the white and pearly George Benjamin.