Daniel Barenboim and Philippe Manoury in Conversation

Artists

Daniel Barenboim

Piano

Martha Argerich

Piano

Gilbert Nouno

Electronic Music Design and Live Electronics

Program

Claude Debussy

En blanc et noir for two Pianos

Claude Debussy

Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune

Arrangement for two Pianos

Philippe Manoury

Das wohlpräparierte Klavier for Piano and Live Electronics

World Premiere - Commissioned by the Daniel Barenboim Stiftung

Approximate running time: 1h 20m without intermission

It was at the house of a musician friend in Buenos Aires in 1949 that they first met: Daniel Barenboim was seven, Martha Argerich eight years old. They soon began to play chamber music together. Since then, their parallel—yet very different—careers have taken them around the world, and to this day their joint performances are imbued with a special sense of playfulness and intimacy. Following several previous duo appearances at the Pierre Boulez Saal, they now open the season together for the first time with music by Claude Debussy. In the second part of the program, Daniel Barenboim performs the world premiere of a new work for piano and live electronics that Philippe Manoury has written for him.

Due to exceptionally high demand, Martha Argerich and Daniel Barenboim have decided on short notice to present a second performance of the program in the afternoon prior to the original 6pm start time.