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Fiddlerman
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August 1, 2011 - 10:20 am
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Orchestra performs Wagner in Bayreuth

The Israel Chamber Orchestra has broken a longstanding taboo by performing music by Hitler's favourite composer. The orchestra included Wagner's Siegfried Idyll in its concert in Bayreuth yesterday, as part of the fringe festival linked to the town's annual Wagner opera festival. It was the first time an Israeli orchestra has played Wagner in Germany.

An unofficial ban on playing Wagner's music was instituted by the Palestine Orchestra (now the Israel Philharmonic) in 1938 after Nazi attacks on German Jews, and remained in place after the founding of Israel ten years later. When Daniel Barenboim broke the tradition in 2001 by conducting the Berlin Staatskapelle in music from Tristan und Isolde in Jerusalem, dozens of audience members walked out in protest.

Tuesday's concert in Bayreuth went ahead despite protests from Zionist groups in Israel and the American Gathering of Holocaust Survivors and their Descendants. The conductor of the Israel Chamber Orchestra, Roberto Paternostro, declared ahead of the concert that his intention was to separate Wagner's ideology from his music.

via The Strad - Israeli orchestra breaks taboo - 26 July 2011.

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Fiddlerman
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August 1, 2011 - 10:50 am
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Couldn't have said it better myself. Great music is great music and can move people in all kinds of great ways. I had a Chinese colleague in Malmo that wasn't allowed to listen to American Jazz growing up. He had to smuggle records and listen in secret. For that, he appreciates it more than most people I know.

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I heard the story on NPR on my way to work. The Conductor, Roberto Paternostro, is a man of strong conviction. I agree with him.  Hitler liked Wagner's music, he also liked to breathe. Does that make breathing bad as well?

 

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