The real value of classical music.World-renowned Israeli Pianist and Conductor
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Classical Music from the Conductor's Stand
We cannot imagine a world without music. Music gives us a peace that would otherwise be unobtainable. It also becomes a perfect path to seclusion when escaping the trials of life. So how does music move our minds?
Daniel Barenboim, considered one of the greatest living conductors, gives a lecture on classical music. Let's listen to the story of his life-long relationship with music, from his early years as a seven-year-old prodigy pianist to his place as a world-class conductor today.
In this lecture, Barenboim explains the unique value of music. First, he tells us about the true greatness of classical music, such as Beethoven's work, which transcends time and breathes life into every moment of a performance. Also, from what might be an unfamiliar perspective, he talks about a score's “silence,” which conveys as much resonance and impact as sound can.
Considered one of the most significant authorities on romantic music, Barenboim has thought deeply throughout his life about what he could do with his gift. Despite many criticisms, especially as a Jewish person, he founded an orchestra that gathers musicians from conflict zones in the Middle East. Indeed, he believes music can deliver messages of harmony and coexistence, breaking through the walls built by ideologies. As much as any performance, his words will resonate in our hearts in an era defined by separation and conflict.
Music Director of the Orchestre de Paris (1975-1989) Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (1991-2006) Music Director of the Staatskapelle Berlin (1992-) Honorary Conductor of Berliner Philharmoniker UN Peace Ambassador (2016)
Daniel Barenboim is an Argentine-born Israeli pianist and conductor who, at the age of seven, gave his first recital, which even included the work of Beethoven. He was called a phenomenon and studied with world-class maestros. Established as a prodigy pianist, he widened his scope to conduct world-class orchestras from the age of 23, and his interpretations of late romantic music such as Wagner and Bruckner eventually earned him the title of maestro.
Together with Palestinian-born Edward Said in 1999, he founded the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, which consists of young promising musicians from the Middle East. Daniel Barenboim, who has been preaching peace through music around the world, continues his journey as not merely an artist but a voice of wisdom in a world of chaos.
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