Alex Ross of The New Yorker reviews the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra at Le Poisson Rouge and Carnegie Hall.
“The performance was impassioned, exciting and certainly never predictable.”
Anthony Tommasini of The New York Times reviews the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.
Passionate words after the finale of the BBC Prom Beethoven cycle elicit standing ovation at the Royal Albert Hall
Performance at Jerusalem’s Ascension Church was co-sponsored by United Nations
To coincide with the WEDO Summer Tour 2012, Daniel Barenboim and Decca Classics are embarking on an ambitious multi-album Beethoven for All recording project, which includes releases of complete cycles of the composer’s symphonies with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, piano concertos with the Staatskapelle Berlin, and piano sonatas.
Final rehearsals under way in Berlin for tour start next week
Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra to play for Pope Benedict XVI in Castel Gandolfo
Private concert to be held in honor of the Pope’s saint’s day
Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra – the much-lauded ensemble of young Arab and Israeli musicians that Barenboim co-founded in 1999 with the late Palestinian-born literary scholar Edward Said – embark on an eight-city European tour this summer as part of their multi-year Beethoven for All project, which seeks to take the composer’s message of common humanity to audiences around the world. Highlights of the tour include a concert at Castel Gandolfo at the invitation of Pope Benedict XVI (July 11), a performance in the palace gardens at Versailles (July 13), concerts at Berlin’s Waldbühne (July 29) and the Salzburg Festival (August 2 & 3), and an eight-day residency from July 20 to 27 at the BBC Proms as part of the London 2012 Festival, the cultural celebrations of the Olympic Games.