Barenboim will create centre for Arabic music in Berlin

He’ll incorporate it in his Said Academy, he says, making the Pierre Boulez Saal the most important venue for Arabic music in Europe.

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  • will he rehearse Koran’s surahs or just adapt Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade to his new listeners taste ?

  • You folk are so boring, no sense of humour at all. Who would want to listen to Arab music after 9/11 etc etc anyhow mad idea. We are under siege for heavens sake.

  • That Barenboim would extend his humanitarian views in this manner doesn’t surprise me, as it comes as a natural consequence of the marvelous East-West Divan project and so many years and decades of work towards understanding between sibling cultures. What surprises me is that there are those who still don’t consider it a good idea, or even mock or disdain such efforts. What is the alternative? Eternal antagonism? We’ve come too far as a species to allow ourselves to deteriorate into small camps. The world will be a far better place to live when there will be more whites than blacks in the MLK Parade, more straight men than gays in the Gay Pride Parade, more Men than Women fighting for gender equality, and, like Barenboim, more Jews reaching out to their Muslim/Arab brothers, and vice-versa. Of course it can be done. Barenboim is doing it.

      • You can take a breath now. The Aga Khan (the hereditary leader of the Ismaili Muslims) has often funded performances of Jewish music traditions, even specifically music from Israel.

        • He said a major Muslim MUSICIAN. Apparently your reflexive, bleeding heart, pollyannaish outlook caused you to misread his statement.
          Of course, Barenboim is barely Jewish, so maybe the point is moot.

          • While the Aga Khan is not a musician himself, he is, as a generous patron with deep pockets and wide tastes, a significant figure in the music world.

        • Intersting fact, although Ismailis are a relatively small and atypical sect within Shia Islam and their attitudes to the West and Jews and Christians are usually very different from the Islamic mainstream.

          • To put it simply: BARELY JEWISH means that Mr. Barenboim is basically what is known as a Jew-anti-Semite, a “special” breed of assholes, of which there are unfortunately too many. This is the most disgusting breed. These are people who SELL their own people to Arabs, to anybody in the name of political correctness and advancement of their own careers, to anybody, who wants to see the total destruction of Israel.
            Shame!!!

    • Alex – I agree with you 100%. It may be reflexive for some to eternally think of the world as us against them (whoever “us” and “them” might be) but, as history shows, this doesn’t get us very far.

    • @Alex.
      “…Barenboim would extend his humanitarian views in this manner doesn’t surprise me, as it comes as a natural consequence of the marvelous East-West Divan project and so many years and decades of work towards understanding between sibling cultures. What surprises me is that there are those who still don’t consider it a good idea, or even mock or disdain such efforts”. Alex –

      Really? So many years of so called “Divan” orchestra and the Palestinians still want to erase Israel off the face of the Earth. So, what did Barenboim achieve with his projects? – so far NOTHING! And this new so called project will achieve the same – NOTHING. Neither Palestinian leaders, nor Iran ayatollahs want Israel to exist, and only sheer FORCE political, military and any other might achieve something, if at all.
      So I am not surprised at all that Barenboim achieved nothing and that the majority of normal thinking people understand the futility of any similar effort by any other big name musician, artist, cultural ambassador. All these efforts are fruitless. Time has proven that.

      Another detail: both Hews and Muslims coming from semitic group of peoples, Jews and Muslims are not “brothers”. The cultures, languages, history and many other factors are entirely different, the main being: Jews – the oppressed and Muslims – the oppressors.

      This Center for Arabic Music (why in Berlin of all places and not in Oman or Qatar?) is just another politically correct PR stunt by Mr. Barenboim who is obviously very bored with his life.

      • Cultural initiatives are symbolic by nature. Art forms are not responsible for the misunderstanding of people. Classical music making is not politics.

  • I have been posting on this blog for years using the name “Nick”. I wish it to be known that I have no connection to the other Nick who writes so disgracefully in this thread.

  • What hope has the world got for peace and prosperity with racist arseholes on this platform spouting Israeli ‘virtues’!!!!?

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