The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra at the Ravello Festival
Works by Richard Wagner
Concert recording from the Belvedere of Villa Rufolo at the Ravello Festival (Italy) with works by Richard Wagner: Prelude to "Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg" - Prelude and Liebestod from "Tristan und Isolde" - "Die Walküre" ( Act 1). With Waltraud Meier (soprano), Simon O'Neill (tenor), John Tomlinson (bass) and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra conducted by Daniel Barenboim. In spring of 1880, Richard Wagner arrived in Ravello; the garden of the Villa Rufolo inspired him to Klingsor's magic garden in "Parsifal," which he was just completing. - The idea of uniting young musicians from Israel, Palestine and various Arab countries into a musical ensemble still seems incredible today. Yet such an orchestra has been flourishing since 1999, when Daniel Barenboim and Edward Said founded the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. The project, says Barenboim, brings together these young people "not so that they forget or hide their differences, but so that they can understand them." He adds that "making music together gives us the best opportunity to learn to live with one another."
Waltraud Meier (Sopran)
West-Eastern Divan Orchestra