Imagine if the paparazzi & news agency photogs had been so privileged and zeitgeist(ed) to expand their celebrity stalking in the time of Celibidache or Toscanini or Kabasta -- backed by ubiquitous photo news agencies with their Canon 1Ds Mark IIIs & Nikon D3Xs to document every rehearsal, every grimace, and all those dispirited musicians berated and humiliated. Thank gawd we live in an era of such immense gifts, and the news paps shoot almost everything from gallery openings to symphony rehearsals.
Daniel Barenboim was snapped as he was passionately rawring like a Dungeon Dragon this past weekend, where he was practicing with his West-Eastern Divan Orchestra & subsequently gave three concerts for the 2009 BBC Prom concerts at London's Royal Albert Hall (Intermezzo was there & there).
The 2009 Proms began over a month ago with Jiří Bělohlávek conducting a varied program of Elgar, Brahms, Bruckner, and runs through Saturday, September 12 with David Robertson conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra in a schizophrenic program from Oliver Knussen (yessss!) to Purcell to Ketèlbey.
We hope we won't see Barenboim pulling these kinds of faces on the BBC's (hilariously named) "full frontal" maestrocam!
We swear there are normal (and dare we say ~handsome~) pictures of Barenboim under the cut!