Daniel Barenboim and the
West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
in Ramallah -
'... an orchestra of first-class accomplishment.'
It is good that the cover of this Warner Classics DVD, so compelling, so full of hope and yet so tragic,
should feature a young man with cello on his back contemplating a section of the Israeli Apartheid
Wall, symbol of desperation and political intransigence. Later in the film Barenboim views it from
an eminence and asks which is the Israeli side. Both sides, he is told, are Palestinian. It is
equally good to watch youthful Palestinians at their favourite pastime, that of football on any
dust-covered scrap of land, carefree despite the hideous oppression inflicted on their daily lives
[watch and listen -- DVD1 chapter 1, 0:02-0:38].
Daniel Barenboim (right) is told that both sides of the Israeli Apartheid Wall are Palestinian. DVD screenshot © 2005 EuroArts Music International GmbH
Copyright © 27 September 2006
Robert Anderson, London UK