Daniel Barenboim, Argentina's greatest classical son, needs little introduction. There are few conductors in the world who can equal his tremendous energy, and even fewer who can match their skill at the baton with their dexterity at the keyboard. The West-Eastern Divan is a unique ensemble, founded by Barenboim with the legendary post-colonial scholar Edward Said to bridge political differences in Middle East. Consequently, the orchestra is composed of young players from the region, including both Palestine and Israel.
The concert opens with Schoenberg’s Chamber Symphony No. 1 (1907), a punchy clarion-call against the gigantism of late romanticism. Although exploratory and ever-shifting, it is far more accessible than many of the composer’s later works. The Beethoven concerto will feature Baronboim alongside young string soloists Guy Braunstein and Kian Soltani, who both seem pegged for future stardom. Finally, the Tchaikovsky will be sure to bring everything to a melodic and melodramatic close. Lambasted during its time for its ‘barbarism’, it has become one of the great composer’s most popular works.
Seating for this concert has sold out, but £5 Promming tickets will be available on the day.
|What||Prom 44: West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, Royal Albert Hall|
|Where||Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP | MAP|
|Nearest tube||South Kensington (underground)|
On 18 Aug 15, 7:30 PM – 9:55 PM
|Website||Click here to book via the Royal Albert Hall|