West-Eastern Divan Orchestra Plays Wagner

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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