on 23 January 2014
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!