Musician Barenboim signs with Universal labels

Tue Nov 2, 2010 1:19pm EDT
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BERLIN (Reuters) - Israeli pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim has signed a new recording deal with classical labels Deutsche Grammophon and Decca Classics, parent company Universal Music announced on Tuesday.

The Argentinian-born musician, renowned for his work with the West-Eastern Divan youth orchestra which unites Arabs and Israelis, will make his first ever recordings of the Chopin and Liszt piano concertos under the agreement.

The 67-year-old will also lead the Berlin Staatsoper, where he is music director, and Italy's La Scala, where he is guest conductor, in a new production of Wagner's Ring cycle.

The first release on Deutsche Grammophon, early next year, will be devoted to Chopin and mark the 60th anniversary of Barenboim's performing debut.

(Writing by Mike Collett-White, editing by Paul Casciato)

<p>Israeli-Argentine conductor Daniel Barenboim directs the West-Eastern Divan orchestra, which includes Arab and Israeli musicians, in a free open air concert in Buenos Aires, August 21, 2010. REUTERS/Enrique Marcarian</p>