Barenboim gives free concert for peace

Barenboim gives free concert for peace


norman lebrecht

August 11, 2014

The West-Eastern Diwan orchestra has thrown an outdoor free Vivaldi concert into its Argentine tour.

The conductor said: ‘The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra is very sensitive to the situation in Middle East. The musicians have relatives on both sides, the sides that are killing each other and, despite this cruel war, there is no Arab or Israeli musician who has canceled his participation in this concert for peace. This is also a gesture to Argentina.’

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  • Neil McGowan says:

    Mr Barenboim provides a noble and inspiring example to those on both sides of this conflict.

    I wish him well with his Peace Concert.

  • GEll says:

    Even if well intentioned, it strikes me as plain opportunistic and naïve to use crises as opportunities for staging concerts. It’s been done time and time and time again and look at the state of our world. Cynical of me, I know, but …

  • Neil McGowan says:

    In what way can an entirely free concert be opportunistic?

    • Max Grimm says:

      It’s highly opportunistic, as it offers Mr. Barenboim a platform to spread all of his utterly wicked ideas of peace and mutual respect.

      • anonymus says:

        If we were to believe the American Neocon’s false prophet, the (ironically Jewish) Nazi admirer and philosopher Leo Strauss, then peace and mutual respect are indeed wicked ideas…

  • Ed says:

    Not Vivaldi but Maurice Ravel.