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The idea of uniting young musicians from Israel, Palestine and various Arab countries into a musical ensemble still seems incredible today. Yet such an orchestra has been flourishing since 1999, when Daniel Barenboim and Edward Said founded the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. The project, says Barenboim, brings together these young people “not so that they forget or hide their differences, but so that they can understand them.” He adds that “making music together gives us the best opportunity to learn to live with one another.”

The concert presented ¬here was recorded at the 2007 Salzburg Festival, during the orchestras residency. The ensemble “proved its status as a first-class orchestra that has no need to shy from comparisons with the philharmonic ‘top dogs’ from Vienna or Berlin” (Munich’s Abendzeitung).”


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WOLFGANG A. MOZART Sinfonia Concertante K.297b
ROBERT SCHUMANN “Myrthen” op. 25 No. 8 Talismane
RICHARD WAGNER „Fünf Gedichte für eine Frauenstimme – Wesendonk Lieder“
ANTON VON WEBERN Concert for Nine Instruments op. 24

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