West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
Prelude and Love-Death from Tristan und Isolde
Alban Berg (1885-1935)
Chamber Concerto for piano and violin with accompaniment of thirteen wind instruments
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92
For their second performance, Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra (WEDO) focus on three musical revolutionaries. Richard Wagner brought the traditional system of tonality to the precipice with the famous “Tristan chord” that is heard in the second bar of the Prelude to Tristan und Isolde. Even to this day no one has come up with an undisputed interpretation of how its sonority works in the context of conventional functional harmony. In this way Wagner set the stage for atonal music – including Alban Berg’s Chamber Concerto, written as a 50th birthday gift for his teacher Arnold Schoenberg. Barenboim’s son Michael and Karim Said, nephew of WEDO cofounder Edward Said, perform as the soloists. Crowning the program is Ludwig van Beethoven’s Seventh which Wagner declared represents “the apotheosis of the dance.” This symphony’s electrifying effect owes not a little to the music of the French Revolution with its pathos, martial fanfares, and unbridled rhythms.
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