DANIEL BARENBOIM & WEST-EASTERN DIVAN ORCHESTRA at the BBC PROMS 21 & 22 August
For the final concerts of their 2009 Summer tour the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
under the baton of their inspirational co-founder Daniel Barenboim
gave three memorable concerts at the BBC Proms in London.
for 7pm concert 21 August Prom details, also for the BBC iPlayer to watch the concert again, as broadcast on BBC TV. Liszt : Les Préludes / Wagner : Tristan and Isolde - Prelude and Liebestod / Berlioz : Symphonie fantastique.
for 10.15pm concert 21 August Prom details, also for the BBC iPlayer to hear the concert again, as broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Mendelssohn : Octet / Berg Chamber : Concerto.
for 7.30pm concert 22 August Prom details, also for the BBC iPlayer to watch the concert again, as broadcast on BBC TV. Beethoven Fidelio
(concert performance; sung in German, with English narration by Edward Said), Waltraud Meier - Leonore, Simon O'Neill - Florestan, Gerd Grochowski - Don Pizarro, Sir John Tomlinson
- Rocco, Adriana Kuèerová - Marzelline, Stephen Rügamer - Jacquino, Viktor Rud - Don Fernand, BBC Singers, Geoffrey Mitchell Choir.
In Weimar in 1999 Daniel Barenboim
and the Palestinian-American cultural historian, the late Edward Said, jointly founded the West–Eastern Divan Orchestra. The West–Eastern Divan Orchestra
is a unique ensemble bringing together young players from both sides of the Arab–Israeli divide in what Daniel Barenboim insists is not 'an orchestra for peace' but 'an orchestra against ignorance', now universally acclaimed simply as a superb orchestra.
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The 10th anniversary concert of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra took place in Geneva on 7 August under the banner Al-Quds Capital of Arab Culture 2009, and was dedicated to the group’s co-founder Edward Said. It included music of artists from Israel, Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Iran, Turkey and Spain with readings of poems about Edward Said and the city of Jerusalem by Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish and Syrian poet Nizar Qabbani, performed by co-founder Michael Barenboim and Edward’s Said's son Karim Said.
As well as concerts in Spain and at the Salzburg Festival, on 19 August the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra gave a one-off concert in Bayreuth as part of the annual Richard Wagner festival.
"For the first time since the founding of the festival, Israelis and Arabs will play in the historically tainted city of Bayreuth," the Friends of Bayreuth Society said in a not-so-veiled reference to the festival's past.