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Daniel Barenboim and Radu Lupu

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I've always believed that Daniel Barenboim feels more leeway as a chamber musician than as a conductor: when collaborating with a few like-minded souls rather than an entire orchestra, he can at least indulge his sense of adventure, his penchant not to stick with the same interpretation. He'll have a chance to prove it once more at this Sunday's sampler of Schubert's music for four hands, which he'll perform with longtime pal Radu Lupu. The three pieces in this recital--Introduction and Variations on an Original Theme, Fantasy in F Minor, and Sonata in C (otherwise known as the "Grand Duo")--are superb examples of this fairly limited genre, and they're rarely performed these days. The latter two, especially, rival any of Schubert's late sonatas--and for that matter, Beethoven's--in their technical complexity and spiritual transcendence. Though the Romanian-born, Moscow-trained Lupu still remains a second-tier star and not quite Barenboim's league, one can expect him to follow Barin Barenboim's lead and rise to the occasion. Sunday, 3 PM, Orchestra Hall, 220 S. Michigan; 435-6666.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Laura Lynn Miner.

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