Barenboim jumps in at Granada

Barenboim jumps in at Granada


norman lebrecht

June 16, 2020

We hear that Daniel Barenboim surprised organisers of the Granada Festival by offering to play a benefit recital for the Red Cross on Friday, 24th July.

Granada has a fantastic piano lineup:  Krystian Zimerman, Grigori Sokolov, Martha Argerich, Igor Levit, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Bertrand Chamayou and Javier Perianes.

He just didn’t want to feel left out.



  • Alexandra says:

    Ashtray on the keyboard?!?!

  • Alexander says:

    of course he didn’t, so why not 😉

    • Archie_V says:

      He also may well have already been planning to visit the Barenboim-Said Foundation down the road in Seville, as he does most summers. (The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra often prepare their summer tours there too.)

      • PARKES says:

        you must be joking in all the years i was a memberof the teaching staff he never introduced himself to the staff or students seville is only a small part of the barenbiom saidfranchise

  • ian says:

    barenboim doing a benefit concert for free i dont think so granada music festival 25000 euros this guy dosent do anything for free

  • Gustavo says:

    It’s like a red rag to him.

  • Guest says:

    Saw him there with his orchestra doing Bruckner a couple years back. Maybe, the fact that he has a history at the festival also played into it.

  • Ted says:

    if you need to offer yourself – it is a bad prognostic sign.

  • Luis says:

    What petty people here!

    • Maria says:

      Yes, very petty, insensitive and experts in their armchairs who have never got up and done anything of worth except criticise, which is very boring.

  • Just saying says:

    Might also have something to do with the new director of the festival. Experienced, very active, well connected, a good organiser. It helps.

  • Alexander Tarak says:

    Never one to miss a passing bandwagon, it would seem.
    Hopefully his playing will be better than the excruciating performance he gave at Jacques Chirac’s funeral.

  • Robert says:

    Humanitarian when out on stage.

    Abusive when backstage stage.

    … a typical narcissist.

  • vp says:

    Barenboim is sold out!