Barenboim will conduct war’s end concert in empty house

A chamber ensemble of the Staatskapelle Berlin with conductor Daniel Barenboim will commemorate the end of the Second World War with a concert tomorrow in the empty Staatsoper Unter Linden.

Some 14 musicians will perform Eine Kleine Nachtmusik and the Siegfried Idyll.

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  • stanley cohen says:

    An Argentine Jew conducting a Wagner opus to commemorate the ending of WW II.
    Who said Jews didn’t do itony?

  • stanley cohen says:

    An Argentine Jew conducting a Wagner opus to commemorate the ending of WW II.
    Who said Jews didn’t do irony?

  • Grumpy says:

    But Norman said it’s a failure, how dare Barenboim to do this if Norman said it’s a failure?

    Barenboim should not return to the stage until 2023, keep distance of people and listen to his records just like all the stupid comments here say. How dare he do something like this?

    • batonbaton says:

      can’t say I will ever miss him – he’s been boring for decades

    • Bruce says:

      Well, just as Norman has always had a strong element of “the world is ending — in fact it already has, we just don’t know it yet” in his personality, Barenboim has always had a strong element of “you can’t tell me what to do” in his.

  • Jan Kaznowski says:

    Will it be streamed ?

  • A.L. says:

    Eine Kleine Nachtmusik of all things? What happened to Pachelbel’s Canon and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons?

  • A message of hope. Good night. Good morning.

  • Peter says:

    a war’s end concert? so the war is over now?

  • Petros Linardos says:

    I wish Strauss Metamorphosen had been included. It is just as appropriate for then and for now.

    • SVM says:

      /Metamorphosen/ is an ideal work for commemmorating the end of the European theatre of ‘hot’ war in 1945; although I am a British citizen, I am deeply uncomfortable with the term “Victory” to describe the outcome and aftermath of a war that cost so many lives on *all* sides of the conflict, and I feel Strauss captured the monumental tragedy extraordinarily well in /Metamorphosen/. But it requires 23 *string* players. /Siegfried-Idyll/ and /Eine Kleine Nachtmusik/ can be done with a much smaller string section, which is, I suppose, the paramount consideration given the present pandemic situation.

  • Norman McLeod says:

    Please, Please, Please remember that World War II did not end until the armistice of 2nd June 1945. Ask all those who did not return from the Far East until after that date. Thus this so called commemoration is named totally wrongly!!!!

  • Alexander Tarak says:

    Jacques Chirac’s funeral. End of War Concert.
    Barenboim has his fingers in many pies.

  • Gustavo says:

    They should have chosen works by US, British, Russian and French composers, too.

  • Has-been says:

    Please stop trashing everything Barenboim does or says. He has been an extraordinary force for good in the world.Anyone can have an opinion of his performances but the fact that he his still out there on the highest level. Furthermore it can easily be argued that the Staatsoper in Berlin would not have survived reunification without his support.

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