Just in: Concern for Barenboim as Berlin concert is abandoned

Just in: Concern for Barenboim as Berlin concert is abandoned


norman lebrecht

April 14, 2022

We hear that the second half of last night’s Berlin Staatskapelle concert at the Philharmonie was called off after the conductor fell sick.

The orchestra management has yet to issue a statement.

Barenboim has undergone back surgery in recent months. This is the first mention of a circulation problem.

We will update shortly with further information and wish Daniel a speedy recovery.


UPDATE: translation from the Japanese of Mori Yonekura : Staatskapelle Berlin Festival 2022
In the first half of the program, Cecilia Bartoli’s Konzert Aria, Barenboim & Argerich’s two piano concertos, and after a break, Barenboim suddenly became ill and the concert was canceled 😳!
I couldn’t listen to Bruckner No. 4.

2nd UPDATE: When the audience returned after the interval, artistic director Matthias Schulz came on stage to announce that the Staatsoper’s general music director is suffering from circulatory problems and the second half – Bruckner’s Fourth Symphony – had to be abandoned. Speaking without a microphone, Schulz could onlt be heard nearby and there was considerable confusion and dismay as the hall emptied out.

BARENBOIM LATEST: A medical bulletin


  • Pedro says:

    I was at the Da Ponte trilogy and the VPO concert last week. He already looked sick but his performances were great, in the Klemperer style. The VPO was in top form but Barenboim wasn’t as the pianist in Mozart’s K. 595.

  • Bill says:

    Ever since I saw him use a score for “Die Fledermaus” overture on New Year’s Day, I’ve been a bit worried (yes, there are great conductors who use a score for everything, but anyone who has followed Barenboim even a little knows that’s not like him).

    • Marios Papadopoulos says:

      Not only that, but he conducted Verdi’s Requiem with a score recently, which was surprising to say the least given that he has in the past conducted this work from memory on a number of occasions. We wish him well in his recovery. He is one of the most musically inspiring figures on the world stage.

    • dd says:

      yup, good points…plus, could the spinal MRI’s the Maestro had cause his mental et physical deterioration…
      ‘gadolinium-based (heavy metal)contrasting agents (GBCAs)…Chuck and Gena Norris Allege Gadolinium Health
      According to Gena and Chuck Norris’ $10 million lawsuit, Gena Norris developed Gadolinium Deposition Disease following a routine MRI procedure. She’s been repeatedly hospitalized for debilitating pain and burning throughout her body. She also has cognitive deficits, kidney damage, loss of energy and the ability to move around and trouble breathing because of damage to her ribs.

      Gena Norris has had to go outside of mainstream medicine to treat the condition, the lawsuit says. The most common treatment to remove gadolinium, chelation, is not approved by the FDA. Chelation involves injecting medication that binds to metals in the bloodstream.

      The medication and the metals are then filtered through the kidneys and released in urine…


  • Gustavo says:

    I find it more upsetting that Neeme Järvi had to cancel Hindemith’s “Das Unaufhörliche” in Linz due to health reasons.

  • Achim Mentzel says:

    Hopefully he will stop in the right moment and will have better advisors than Kurt Masur, who was pathetically carted onto the stages in a wheelchair at the end, oblivious to anything that was happening around him, least of all the music. Anyway, get well soon and have a long and full life.

  • John Chunch says:

    Anti vaxxers will try to use this to claim that the Covid-19 vaccines can cause health problems… We unequivocally know they are wrong. The vaccines are safe and effective. Period. End. Of. Story.

  • Paul Johnson says:

    This is sad news. Best wishes to Maestro Barenboim for a full and steady recovery.

  • Gustavo says:

    Haven’t we all had enough anyway?

  • Stweart says:

    So much for the acoustics then !

  • Norabide Guziak says:

    Now, I know that Danny’s getting on a bit, but I’ve only ever heard of people having ‘Kreislaufprobleme’ in Germany. It’s a condition which doesn’t seem to exist anywhere else in the world. In my theatre back then, we called it ‘Kreislaub’, a guaranteed two- or three- day holiday of which no-one in authority ever questioned the legitimacy, a bit like the undue reverence our current covid hysteria has provoked. Some cast members would regularly suffer from Kreislaub about two days before the regular free day, thus affording them a conscious-free half week off. Get a handy German speaker to explain the wordplay if you don’t get it.

    • Micaelo Cassetti says:

      You beat me to it… I was wondering if this was a case of the dreaded “Kreislaufkollapse”…

  • eva says:

    love that Man, praying that he gets well in Jesus name

  • Ava Gregorian says:

    With prayers for a complete recovery, directly!

  • Seiji says:

    Wow. That Japanese expressed absolutely no concern about Barenboim’s condition. The tweet basically expressed how she was inconvenienced.

  • fflambeau says:

    Sounds like congestive heart problems; fatal at this age. Sad.

    You’d think an announcement could be given with a mike. Very simple.

  • Jim C. says:

    I might be a little naive here but, in the old days didn’t the concertmaster take over?

    • Rafael Enrique Irizarry says:

      A bit of a stretch to keep things together in Bruckner’s 4th (or most Bruckner, for that matter) from the concertmaster’s stand. That said, have you seen the video of that French orchestra playing Le Sacre du Printemps with no conductor? Brilliantly played, and full of connotations for the future of the pointless, desperate and narcissistic podium dwellers bred in contemporary musical (?) academia.

    • Jack says:

      Wouldn’t that depend on the concertmaster and his/her ability to actually conduct?

      • Rafael Enrique Irizarry says:

        Look up the story of Leonard Bernstein in Amsterdam asking a very young Jaap van Zweden, at the time concertmaster there, to conduct some Mahler 1 in rehearsal.

  • Piano Lover says:

    A pity for DB.
    He thought that after his surgery every thing would be “like before”…

    I saw him on YT advertising his future RING(Wagner)…he looked so old and tired.
    Nearly 80 years old and giving so many concerts…that can’t last forever.

    • Henry williams says:

      Over 65 ones health declines. They should just
      Do teaching. Instead of travelling around the

  • Robert Holmen says:

    I’m surprised this situation couldn’t be resolved with a simple stage announcement, “Meine Damen und Herren, wir haben ein Emergency… Is there a Bruckner 4 conductor in the hall?”