Suffering from a “serious neurological disease”, Barenboim retires

Unfortunately, the state of health of Daniel Barenboim does not improve. The legendary pianist and bandleader announced Tuesday night that he was suffering from a “severe neurological disease” and withdraw from its activities in the coming months. “It is with a mixture of pride and sadness that I announce today that I am retiring from some of my performing activities, particularly managerial engagements, for the next several months.”writes the Israeli-Argentine teacher On twitter. “My health has deteriorated in recent months and I have been diagnosed with a serious neurological disease”announces Daniel Barenboim, who will celebrate his 80th birthday in November. “Now I have to concentrate as much as possible on my physical well-being”.

At the end of August we learned that the chef had been forced to abandon the production of the Tetralogy by Wagner directed by Dimitri Tcherniakov scheduled for October, still in process “the consequences of the circulatory disorders that I was diagnosed with in the spring”, he wrote then, saying to himself “deeply saddened”. In February, Barenboim had already canceled all his commitments for several weeks due to the surgery. He then left a series of concerts again in April, after a diagnosis of circulatory problems, vasculitis, which still harms him today.

The maestro is the musical director of the Berlin State Opera and its orchestra, the Staatskapellefor three decades, under contract until 2027. “I will stay until I have strength. Otherwise, I will leave; I don’t want to stay as a relic of the past”, he confided last year to Agence France Presse. Born in Argentina, Daniel Barenboim began on the international scene as a pianist at the age of 10, before becoming a noted conductor. In particular, he created a foundation and an orchestra to promote cooperation between young musicians from Israel and Arab countries.

In November, on the occasion of his 80th birthday, France Musique will pay tribute to Daniel Barenboim for a whole week. The show In the heart of the orchestra on November 14 will be dedicated to the relationship that the maestro maintains with his orchestras. Within arabesques, François-Xavier Szymczak will talk about his relationship with the piano and chamber music. Finally, a special program on November 15, his birthday, with the broadcast in particular during the 8:00 p.m. concert of a Verdi Requiem conducted by Barenboim, recorded in Berlin in March 2022.

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