Music that crosses divides: Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

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DW Classical Music

21 gün önce

Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra (WEDO) stand for a unique project in which music has become the unifying element between seemingly irreconcilable enemies: The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra is composed of Israeli and Arab musicians, and “playfully” overcomes the political divide between Israel and Palestine.

The orchestra has been in existence since 1999 and has since become one of the world’s top orchestras. The founding fathers of WEDO were the conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim, who himself comes from a Jewish family, and the Palestinian literary academic and pianist Edward Said, who passed away in 2003. Their goal from the very beginning was to use music to facilitate a dialog between cultures, and especially between Israeli and Arab musicians. While Barenboim and Said had described their joint project as “virtually impossible” at the outset, it is now apparent that the musicians understand each other exceptionally well!

Every summer, the Israeli and Arab musicians and the conductor come together for rehearsals, workshops and a major concert tour. The orchestra has performed all over the world, but not in the home countries of many of its musicians. They have never been allowed to play in Israel, and only a few times in Arab countries. The orchestra is often called a “peace orchestra”, but Barenboim and the musicians want it to be understood as a humanistic rather than a political project.

In an exclusive interview with Deutsche Welle, Daniel Barenboim talks about what is special about the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. How do Israeli and Arab musicians get along with each other? How does the orchestra work as a team? The interview also addresses Barenboim’s special relationship to Beethoven, concerts during the pandemic, and the question of what role music can play in today’s world. For Barenboim, the answer is clear: music is an art form that overcomes divides, and in which people from hostile nations can create something together.

The video features longer excerpts from these concerts by Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra:
- Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67 (Royal Albert Hall, London, 2012)
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 39 in E-flat major, K. 543 (United Nations Human Rights Room, Geneva, 2015)
- Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op 125 (Royal Albert Hall, London, 2012)

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WalkTheWaffle
WalkTheWaffle 9 gün önce
13:30 Shouldn't it be Mozart's 41st Symphony (4th Mvt)?
Natalja Razdorova
Natalja Razdorova 14 gün önce
Какая мощь! Истинно Бетховенское звучание.Bravissimo!
Carlos Gámez
Carlos Gámez 18 gün önce
ERRATA!!!!!!!! 13:30!!!!!!!!
Carlos Descartin Cristellys
Carlos Descartin Cristellys 19 gün önce
Brevísimo.Que belleza.Da mucho placer como entiende Barenboim al dios Beethoven.Fantástica orquesta.Cuanta felicidad me ha dado en esta dura vida mi amigo espiritual Ludwig Van Beethoven.
Danielle Rouaix
Danielle Rouaix 20 gün önce
le W.E.D.O. est devenu un des grands orchestres prouvant que les êtres humains intelligents sont capables de se rejoindre malgré leur diversité d'origine géographique intellectuelle ou spirituelle. et Beethoven leur convient si bien. . Merci à MM.Said et BarenboÏm
Urszula Kupka
Urszula Kupka 20 gün önce
Danke...🎼🎵🎶🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹
Patrick O'Neal
Patrick O'Neal 20 gün önce
I’ve watched this orchestra’s Beethoven cycle on TRpost several years ago & loved it!!! I even bought this cycle (Beethoven For All) on iTunes. This is an outstanding orchestra of excellent musicians and a world renowned conductor. This, in significant part, really drew me to classical music.
Barbara Dreshsel
Barbara Dreshsel 20 gün önce
Wunderbar
Eduardo Soto
Eduardo Soto 21 gün önce
Me gustan muchísimo estas interpretaciones, las disfruto desde hace años casi como por primera vez. Grande Barenboim!
Stella Maris Benito de Vera
Stella Maris Benito de Vera 21 gün önce
Muchas Gracias por compartir el vídeo tan bonito la sinfonía No 5 como ,la ola ala alegría de la 9 Sinfonía de Beethoven. Desde un teatro hermoso con una regia orquesta al frente de la cual El Maestro D. Barenboim y sus valiosos comentario lo hace inolvidable,a esta interpretación.
Milton Morffiz
Milton Morffiz 21 gün önce
Saludos desde Cuba. Maravilloso canal.
DW Classical Music
DW Classical Music 15 gün önce
Saludos desde Berlin. Nos alegramos de que le guste nuestro canal!
Fabius Graco
Fabius Graco 21 gün önce
A música cura e anula barreiras políticas, ideologicas, éticas e tantas outras que parecem intransponíveis. Parabéns maestro Barenboim por relevante iniciativa.
Martin Stremlow
Martin Stremlow 21 gün önce
Barenboim , grossartiger Musiker und noch grösser als Friedens- und Versöhnungsbote für Israel und Palestina. Ein Vorbild in einer zerstritenen Welt!
Samito Bribiesca
Samito Bribiesca 21 gün önce
SANS-MOTS , HEUREUSEMENT, , MAGNIFIQUE MERCI DU FOND D'CŒUR !
Roberto Sas
Roberto Sas 21 gün önce
Admiro y sigo a Dániel y le agrádezco sus presentaciones
Marco C
Marco C 21 gün önce
Away from sanitary dictarors
Anne Maia
Anne Maia 21 gün önce
👋👋👋👋❤️ Daniel 🙏🎼🌎
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