Suffering from a “severe neurological disease”, Barenboim retires

Unfortunately, Daniel Barenboim’s health is not improving. The legendary pianist and conductor announced on Tuesday evening that he is 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 withdrawing from some of my acting activities, especially executive commitments, for the next few months”writes the Israeli-Argentine master 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 focus as much as possible on my physical well-being”.

At the end of August we learned that the chef had been forced to give up the production of Tetralogy by Wagner for the direction of Dimitri Tcherniakov scheduled for October, still in progress “the consequences of the circulatory disorders that I was diagnosed with in the spring”, he then wrote, saying to himself “deeply grieved”. In February, Barenboim had already deleted all his commitments for several weeks due to surgery. He then gave up a series of concerts again in April, following a diagnosis of circulatory problems – vasculitis – which still leads to a handicap today.

The maestro is the musical director of the Berlin State Opera and its orchestra, the Staatskapellefor three decades, under contract until 2027. “I’ll stay until I have the strength. Otherwise I’ll go; I don’t want to remain as a relic of the past”, he confided to Agence France Presse last year. Born in Argentina, Daniel Barenboim made his international debut as a pianist at the age of 10, before becoming a leading 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 honor Daniel Barenboim for a whole week. The show In the heart of the orchestra November 14 will be dedicated to the relationship that the maestro has with his orchestras. In 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 20:00 concert of a Requiem by Verdi conducted by Barenboim, recorded in Berlin in March 2022.

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