Daniel Barenboim – Wege zur Musik (Crossing Borders)

11.10.2015 22:40

The three-part documentary “Crossing Borders – Daniel Barenboim on Music” accompanies Daniel Barenboim on his quest into the social meaning of music and the secrets of sound. It features him as a UN Ambassador 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.

Arte will re-broadcast parts one and three of the series on October 11th, 2015.

Part One: Music and Politics (22:45)

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.

Part Three: Music and Taboo – Wagner in Israel (23:40)

The third part focuses on Richard Wagner in reference to his taboo in Israel. Daniel Barenboim addresses the question whether music as an art form can be judged from a purely musical perspective or if it can’t be separated from the views and beliefs of its creator.


A Three Part Documentary HD Production of ACCENTUS Music © 2012
in Co-production with ZDF, in Co-operation with ARTE
Directed by Paul Smaczny, Duration Part One 53:00 / Part Three 26:00

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