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West-Eastern Divan Orchestra Live In Ramallah [Live]

Sharon Polyak , Mor Biron , Mohamed Saleh , Kinan Azmeh , Ludwig van Beethoven , et al. Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
  • Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
  • Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Audio CD (6 Feb 2006)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 108,157 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Mozart : Sinfonia Concertante in E flat major K297b : I AllegroDaniel Barenboim & West-Eastern Divan Orchestra13:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Mozart : Sinfonia Concertante in E flat major K297b : II AdagioDaniel Barenboim & West-Eastern Divan Orchestra 8:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Mozart : Sinfonia Concertante in E flat major K297b : III Andantino con variazioniDaniel Barenboim & West-Eastern Divan Orchestra 8:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Symphony No.5 in C minor Op.67 : I Allegro con brioDaniel Barenboim 7:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Beethoven : Symphony No.5 in C minor Op.67 : II Andanto con motoDaniel Barenboim & West-Eastern Divan Orchestra10:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Beethoven : Symphony No.5 in C minor Op.67 : III AllegroDaniel Barenboim & West-Eastern Divan Orchestra 5:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Beethoven : Symphony No.5 in C minor Op.67 : IV AllegroDaniel Barenboim & West-Eastern Divan Orchestra 8:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Speech at Ramallah concert 21-August-05Daniel Barenboim & West-Eastern Divan Orchestra 4:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Enigma Variations : NimrodDaniel Barenboim 4:05£0.79  Buy MP3 

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The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra was the brainchild of Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim and the late Palestinian-born writer Edward Said, and is a unique musical collaboration dedicated to further the cause of a peaceful co-existence in the Middle East.
A chance meeting between Barenboim and Said in a London hotel led to an intense friendship between two creative spirits who should have been poles apart politically. The orchestra was born out of their aspirations for closer Israeli/Palestinian co-operation and contains the finest young musicians between the ages of 14 and 25 from both sides of the divide.
The CD documents the orchestra’s August 2005 concert in the Palestinian Territory in the city of Ramallah, and includes repertoire for which Barenboim is celebrated – Beethoven’s ‘Symphony No. 5’, Mozart’s ‘Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat major’ and Elgar’s ‘Nimrod’ (from Enigma Variations). The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra’s appearance at the 2005 Proms, including a performance of the Mozart, was acclaimed as played by “an orchestra on fire with passion and purpose” in The Times.
Barenboim’s relationship with Elgar’s music was forged during his seminal recordings with Jacqueline du Pré during the 1960s, and his highly regarded complete cycle of Beethoven symphonies was reissued by Warner Classics during 2004.
The CD is the ‘sequel’ to the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra’s recording of Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony, released earlier in 2005.
The CD involves musicians – possibly the only people involved in the Arab-Israeli conflict who know people ‘from the other side’ – making music together under the baton of a legendary conductor. Their playing attains to levels normally only achieved by the leading orchestras of the world – an unheralded coming together of musical and humanitarian concerns.

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I have just ordered a copy of the moving book 'Orchestra without borders' here on Amazon, so it seemed fitting to download this concert by the wonderful West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, too. It is a well-thought-out programme of accessible music with which to showcase the talents of these young musicians from Israel, Palestine, and the wider Arab world under the charismatic baton of Daniel Barenboim. I had the privilege of hearing them at the Proms in 2012, to coincide with the London Olympics, and that was electrifying, as is this live recording. Deeply moving as well, and a wonderful tribute to the vision for peace which Barenboim and his friend Edward Said shared, and for which Barenboim has so often been misunderstood by his own government. Above all, though, it is a tribute to the power of music!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Daniel Barenboim: A Passionate Ambassador 2 July 2006
By Grady Harp - Published on
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Daniel Barenboim, an Argentine pianist and conductor by birth who has become one of the more important artists on the international podium today, formed the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra comprised of Israeli and Arab musicians as a template for how peoples through time disparate can come together through the purity and redemption of music. If there is a path to healing the scars on this region of constant struggle, Barenboim just may be more of an ambassador of goodwill than any other person involved in the difficult negotiations.

He conducts his orchestra, which incidentally is surprisingly fine for having been formed for such a short time, in Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 in a performance that is very moving, fiery, and lyrical. He then turns to Mozart's sublimely beautiful Sinfonia Concertante K 297 and the orchestra is able to reduce its big sound to an elegant chamber communication. The performance is recorded from a live evening in Ramallah but the acoustics captured by the engineers is quite good.

This recording includes the speech, or plea for understanding, that moved the audience (and moves the listener) to a higher plane of insight. Barenboim then quietly closes the concert with an exquisite performance of Elgar's 'Nimrod Variation' from his 'Enigma Variations' - and the impact of this music following this concert is palpable. This is a recording that is not only musically sound but also spiritually uplifting - and we all need to hear and experience it. Grady Harp, July 06
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb music, powerful message 28 Mar 2006
By Mr. J. C. A. Marshall - Published on
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Inspirational music, brilliantly played, then a passionate 4 minute speach and encore that brings tears to the eyes and makes the whole recording 100 times more powerful. Everyone should listen to it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful inspirational music 12 Dec 2007
By Mo72 - Published on
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It is so inspiring to listen to this great music and think about the harmony between those Arab and Israeli musicians. It is a glimmer of hope for a peaceful future.
5.0 out of 5 stars With fire and passion 1 May 2013
By John J. Puccio - Published on
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The centerpiece of the show, Beethoven's Symphony No. 5, is possibly the most well-known piece of classical music in the repertoire, which the conductor plays with fire and enthusiasm. You'll find everything here you've come to expect from the Fifth Symphony and more, Barenboim pointing up the work's tense explosiveness and doing so at speeds that approach those of Fritz Reiner in his old RCA Chicago Symphony account. OK, maybe the performance lacks the ultimate electric charge of Reiner's performance or of Carlo Kleiber's DG recording, but it does come close with its involvement, its fury, its energy, and its passion. And to think that it is a youth orchestra performing at this high level and with this precision is quite remarkable.

The recording is live, so it's not quite state-of-the-art, but it does nicely.

John J. Puccio
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