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England, conspicuously absent from the courageous Barenboim-Said venture, did at least provide the encore for the Ramallah concert; nor can 'Nimrod', Elgar's matchless tribute to the possibilities of friendship, ever have been more appropriately played. I welcome the fact that Elgar's glorious music could still be heard as a fleet of Israeli cars, wailing their way towards the Wall with screaming sirens, carried the young Jews back to what has become the largest ghetto in their history [watch and listen -- DVD2 chapter 15, 107:20-110:19]. Who can say what will be the future of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra? The Knesset has made it unlikely that its next concert will be in pulverised Lebanon.

Police cars carry the Jewish members of the orchestra back to Israel. DVD screenshot © 2005 EuroArts Music International GmbH
Police cars carry the Jewish members of the orchestra back to Israel. DVD screenshot © 2005 EuroArts Music International GmbH

 

Copyright © 27 September 2006 Robert Anderson, London UK

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The Ramallah Concert - Knowledge Is The Beginning

2564 62792-2 2xDVD9,NTSC,16:9 Region 0 LCPM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, DTS 5.1 Surround FIRST RELEASE 205' 2005 EuroArts Music International GmbH

Mohammed Saleh, oboe; Kinan Azmeh, clarinet; Mor Biron, bassoon; Sharon Polyak, horn; West-Eastern Divan Orchestra; Daniel Barenboim, conductor

Knowledge Is The Beginning - Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, a 93-minute documentary produced and directed by Paul Smaczny; The Ramallah Concert, recorded 'live' in the Cultural Palace in Ramallah on 21 August 2005: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791): Sinfonia Concertante in E flat for oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn K Anh 9 (297b); Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827): Symphony No 5 in C minor Op 67; Edward Elgar (1857-1934): Nimrod from Enigma Variations Op 36

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