One Common Cause: Barenboim & the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
Berlin Philharmonie 2006
Named after Goethe's collection of poems – a model for dialogue between cultures at the time – Barenboim's bridge-building West-Eastern Divan Orchestra performs in Berlin as part of their 2006 international tour. Playing works of Beethoven that depict tales of a wife's fight for the freedom of her politically imprisoned husband and that celebrate brotherhood and fraternity, as inspired by the French revolution's ideals of freedom and equality, the programme is one fitting of the orchestra's mission. And by pairing the Prelude and Liebestod from Wagner's Tristan and Isolde to finish, the performance offers a symbol of the search for resolution, a perfect musical metaphor for all that the orchestra represents.
- Chor der Deutschen Staatsoper Berlin, West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
- Daniel Barenboim