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Prom 43: Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra perform Tchaikovsky and Scriabin

Live at the BBC Proms: the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, conducted by Daniel Barenboim, perform Tchaikovsky, Scriabin and David Robert Coleman's Looking for Palestine.

Live at BBC Proms: West-Eastern Divan Orchestra & Daniel Barenboim in Tchaikovsky, David Robert Coleman and Scriabin

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Ian Skelly

Tchaikovsky: Polonaise from Eugene Onegin

Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto

Interval Proms Plus: BBC New Generation Thinker Hetta Howes and philosopher Mark Vernon compare figures from the past and present who have searched for a sense of transcendence and experienced ecstatic states. Hosted by Christopher Harding.

David Robert Coleman: Looking for Palestine
London premiere

Alexander Scriabin: The Poem of Ecstasy

Elsa Dreisig, soprano
Lisa Batiashvili, violin
West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
Daniel Barenboim, conductor

Daniel Barenboim and his pioneering West-Eastern Divan Orchestra return to the Proms for a concert marrying passion and politics.

One of the most richly Romantic works in the repertoire - Tchaikovsky's heart-rending Violin Concerto, performed here by Georgian violinist Lisa Batiashvili - is paired with Scriabin's ecstatic, orgiastic 'The Poem of Ecstasy', an attempt to bridge the divide between spirituality and sexuality in music.

At the centre of the concert is David Robert Coleman's 'Looking for Palestine' for soprano and orchestra, a work commissioned by the ensemble, and one that speaks to its uniquely political identity.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Polonaise (Eugene Onegin)

    Orchestra: West–Eastern Divan Orchestra. Performer: Daniel Barenboim.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Violin Concerto

    Performer: Lisa Batiashvili. Orchestra: West–Eastern Divan Orchestra.
  • David Robert Coleman

    Looking for Palestine

    Orchestra: West–Eastern Divan Orchestra. Conductor: Daniel Barenboim.
  • Alexander Scriabin

    The Poem of Ecstasy

    Orchestra: West–Eastern Divan Orchestra. Conductor: Daniel Barenboim.
  • Edward Elgar

    Nimrod (Enigma Variations)

    Orchestra: West–Eastern Divan Orchestra. Conductor: Daniel Barenboim.
  • Claude Debussy

    Petite suite for piano duet

    Performer: Katia Labèque. Performer: Marielle Labèque.
    • Debussy: Petite suite: Marielle & Katia Labeque.
    • Philips.
    • 4.


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