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  • NY Times: Arabs and Israelis Find Common Ground Under a Baton
    Monika Ritterhaus

New York Times: Arabs and Israelis Find Common Ground Under a Baton

Mr. Barenboim and his tireless charges offered five other encores in sparkling accounts: four numbers from Bizet’s “Carmen” and a tango they had just picked up in Argentina. A brilliant concert on the surface.

And underneath, something more. “This is the only place in the world where an Israeli or an Arab does something important,” Mr. Barenboim said, referring to the solos within the orchestra, “and the others support him. It is another way of thinking for the majority in the region.”

Jim Oestreich of The New York Times profiles and reviews the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and its co-founder Daniel Barenboim.

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Review: Symphonie fantastique on Decca Classics

If Daniel Barenboim’s West-Eastern Divan Orchestra required an illustration of its broad scope and open spirit, it would be hard to imagine any more flamboyant than Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, the grandiloquent orgiastic fantasy of depravity . . . it’s subtly but enthusiastically rendered here . . .

Andy Gill, Independent (London) / 20. July 2013
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