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Daniel Barenboim conducts Lisa Batiashvili & Staatskapelle Berlin at the Proms / theguardian

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Daniel Barenboim has become an annual visitor to the Proms. The orchestra that he conducts in Berlin appears regularly with him at the Albert Hall, too, and it's the Staatskapelle that dominates the first weekend of the new summer season with a pair of concerts in which Barenboim conducts the two Elgar symphonies. In the first of them, ( Royal Albert Hall, SW7, 15-16 July ) Symphony No 1 is prefaced by Sibelius's Violin Concerto, with Lisa Batiashvili as the soloist; while before the second symphony we get the UK premiere of Harrison Birtwistle's Deep Time, which Barenboim and his magnificent band performed for the first time last month.

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