Symphony Concert 3

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra | Daniel Barenboim | Michael Barenboim | Karim Said
Mon, 19 August 2013 | 19.30 | KKL Luzern, Concert Hall | 607
Daniel Barenboim (Priska Ketterer/LUCERNE FESTIVAL) 

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra | Daniel Barenboim conductor | Michael Barenboim violin | Karim Said piano

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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