Barenboim/WEDO at Carnegie (1): “Nicht Noten, Fleisch”
This was a Fifth that worked in intangibles, in atmosphere. The Divan’s players lived its terrors, its developments, and ultimately its victories. “Nicht Noten,” Carlos Kleiber urges in a rehearsal video, “Fleisch.” Not notes, flesh. How these players now understand, and how deservedly Barenboim was pleased.
I thought that Daniel Barenboim’s Beethoven Fifth at the Proms last year might be as good as I heard for a long time. I was wrong, for this Carnegie Hall Fifth was better played and even more convincing in interpretation. Unpredictable inevitability at its very finest.