West-Eastern Divan Orchestra Plays Wagner

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Daniel Barenboim conducts the West-Eastern Divan Orcherstra Daniel Barenboim conducts the West-Eastern Divan Orcherstra (Georg Anderhub, Lucerne Festival)

In the second of four broadcasts from the 2014 Lucerne Festival, Daniel Barenboim leads the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, an ensemble that brings together young musicians from Israel and Palestine and other Arab countries. The concert – which took place against the backdrop of the bloody conflict in Gaza – features the European premieres of brief works by the Israeli Ayal Adler (Resonating Sounds) and the Syrian-born Kareem Roustom (Ramal).

In a potent statement, the orchestra devotes the second half of the concert to a major work of Wagner — the second act of Tristan und Isolde. Peter Seiffert plays Tristan, and Waltraud Meier is Isolde.

Established in 1999 and based in Seville, Spain, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra brings together young musicians from Israel, Palestine and various Arab countries in a spirit of international cooperation and understanding. Barenboim co-founded the orchestra with the late Palestinian literary scholar Edward Said. Today it tours internationally, tours globally and has released several recordings.


West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
Daniel Barenboim conductor
Peter Seiffert Tristan
Waltraud Meier Isolde
Ekaterina Gubanova Brangäne
René Pape King Marke
Stephan Rügamer Melot

Ayal Adler (*1968)
Resonating Sounds for large orchestra | first European performance

Kareem Roustom (*1971)
Ramal for orchestra | first European performance

Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
Tristan und Isolde. Concert performance of Act Two

Comments [1]

wk from Lucerne

I was there - Tristan was an incredibly intense experience with the great soloists and the wonderful atmosphere of the KKL. Wishing you all an unforgetable evening listening to this broadcast. regds from Switzerland

Sep. 18 2014 03:41 PM

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