Daniel Barenboim chosen to give the BBC Radio 4 2006 Reith Lectures
Warner Classics artist Daniel Barenboim
, one of the world's foremost musicians, is to give the BBC Radio 4 2006 Reith Lectures
In the lectures, he argues that music lies at the heart of our understanding of what it is to be human and that music provides a way of making sense of the world: our politics, our history, our future and our very essence.
Daniel Barenboim said: "I am very pleased to be invited to join the long and distinguished list of Reith Lecturers.
"In the lectures I want to re-establish the authority of the ear over the eye in our culture and demonstrate that music should be a driving force in determining all of our futures."
He is the first performer to deliver the lectures and, in a break with tradition, the lectures will have musical illustrations played by him.
In another change from the usual pattern, the lectures will be broadcast in a morning slot at 9.00am (with a repeat in the evening).
, Controller, Radio 4, said: "I am both delighted and honoured that Daniel Barenboim has agreed to be the 2006 Reith Lecturer. As Controller, Radio 4, I passionately wanted to focus on music in next year's Reiths.
"It is a long time since we have done so. I know we have made the perfect choice of lecturer."
It is planned to record the Lectures in London, Chicago, Berlin, Jerusalem and Ramallah. The Reith Lectures will be broadcast during April and May 2006.