The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra will give the world premieres of Que la lumìere soit by Jordanian composer Saed Haddad and At the Fringe of Our Gaze by Israeli composer Chaya Czernowin at the Lucerne Festival. UNITEL CLASSICA will broadcast the 18 August concert at 20:15.
In order to bring the orchestra into my world I decided to start from MUSIC, or what we usually think about as MUSIC, with melodies, harmonies, counterpoint, etc., and then gradually stop the MUSIC, peelings its layers away so that one suddenly faces what is underneath the MUSIC, what is the undercurrent moving in the air on which “music” rides, which is where my music really starts.
In this sense, the piece is really trying to make the foreign familiar.
Listeners worldwide can join the audience in Marseille thanks to two live broadcasts. Radio France airs the orchestra’s August 12 concert live, beginning at 21:00 CEST. The following day, CultureBox will webcast the West-Eastern Divan’s August 13 performance at the Opéra de Marseille at 19:00 CEST.
Al Jazeera’s Sir David Frost speaks with co-founder Daniel Barenboim about his career and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, “an experiment in coexistence” initiated by the Maestro and pianist with Edward Said. Watch full video of the interview here.
This August the musicians of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra will come together for their annual summer workshop in Spain and their 2013 European tour, giving 12 concerts in ten cities across Spain, France, Switzerland, Austria, and Germany under the baton of their co-founder Daniel Barenboim.
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 . . .
Decca Classics has released a new album from Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, a live recording of their 2009 Proms performance of Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, Op. 13 and Franz Liszt’s Les préludes S97.
Beethoven for All races up the German charts Beethoven para todas las carreras hasta las listas alemanas בטהובן לכל הגזעים עד במצעד הגרמני بيتهوفن لجميع الأجناس حتى المخططات الألمانية
The WEDO’s 5 CD box jumps the number two slot as a new entry.
Caja de CD de la WEDO 5 salta el puesto número dos como una nueva entrada.
תיבת התקליטורים של WEDO 5 קופצת מספר חריץ שתיים כערך חדש.
5 مربع مؤتمر نزع السلاح ليدو في يقفز عدد اثنين من فتحة كإدخال جديد.
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.