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Towards a Better World

Daniel Barenboim and the
West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
are currently on a world tour.
GIUSEPPE PENNISI listens
to their concert in Rome

 

18 May is an important date for all music lovers: it is the anniversary, this year the centenary, of the death of Gustav Mahler, one of the most important composers and conductors of the twentieth century. Rome had the privilege of celebrating it in a fully packed 3000 seat Sala Santa Cecilia, in the presence of the President of the Republic and of other authorities (but mostly by ordinary ticket-paying mmusic lovers) with a concert that featured the only movement of the tenth symphony Mahler actually achieved. More importantly, this was not a regular subscription concert but a special fundraising event during the worldwide tour of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra conducted by Daniel Barenboim. The tour started in Doha; after a pause in June, he will take the orchestra to the Far East and end in Lucerne and Salzburg in August. The Argentine-Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim and the late Palestinian-American academic Edward Said co-founded the orchestra in 1999, and named the ensemble after an anthology of poems by Goethe...

Copyright © 2 June 2011 Giuseppe Pennisi,
Rome, Italy

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DANIEL BARENBOIM

GUSTAV MAHLER

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN

ROME

ITALY

ORCHESTRAL MUSIC

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