Magazine article New Internationalist

Live in Ramallah

Magazine article New Internationalist

Live in Ramallah

Article excerpt

Live in Ramallah

by West-Eastern Divan Orchestra/Daniel Barenboim

(Warner Classics 2564 62791 2 CD)

The phrase 'in concert' refers not just to musicians performing a work, but any group of people acting together with a single aim. The definition is pertinent in the case of the West-Eastern Divan musicians, the youth orchestra formed in 1998 by the Argentine-born (and Jewish) conductor Daniel Barenboim and the late Palestinian historian Edward Said. Their aim in creating a first-class orchestra comprising Israeli and Palestinian youth was simple: to use music as the opportunity in which these historical enemies could play and listen to each other. Barenboim is too astute to say that this endeavour will result in peace, but it will, he says in a short speech at the end of Live in Ramallah, bring about the 'understanding, patience and the curiosity to listen to the narrative of the other'. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.