Daniel Barenboim – Wege zur Musik (Crossing Borders – Music and Politics)

02.08.2015 09:50

The three-part documentary “Daniel Barenboim – Crossing Borders” accompanies Daniel Barenboim on his quest into the social meaning of music and the secrets of sound. It features him as a UN Messenger of Peace leading a spectacular concert in Gaza, working with the West-Eastern-Divan-Orchestra and conducting the Cairo Symphony Orchestra for the very first time. In addition, the programme opens up a fascinating cultural discourse by depicting Barenboim discussing Wagner, politics and music. Also featured discussing these subjects are figures, who have shaped contemporary history, among others Pierre Boulez, Joschka Fischer and Richard von Weizsäcker.

Austrian TV Channel ORF 2 will broadcast the first part of this series in its matinee on Sunday, August 2nd 2015 at 09.50 am:

Music and Politics

In a discussion with Daniel Barenboim Edward Said once said: “It has become quite rare to project one’s self outward, to have a broader perspective”. Daniel Barenboim, constantly trying to find out what music can achieve and how it can inspire mankind, is certainly able to do just that. This documentary gives an insight into the social meaning of music. It is featuring the UN Messenger of Peace Daniel Barenboim leading a spectacular concert in Gaza in May 2011, working with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and discussing about music and politics.

Find out more about the broadcast on the ORF website.


Daniel Barenboim – Crossing Borders: Music and Politics
Directed by Paul Smaczny
Produced by Accentus Music in co-production with ZDF/Arte

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