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Knowledge Is The Beginning & The Ramallah Concert

Mohamed Saleh oboe | Kinan Azmeh clarinet | Mor Biron bassoon | Sharon Polyak horn | Daniel Barenboim
West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
Daniel Barenboim

Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra - Documentary "Knowledge Is The Beginning" & The legendary Ramallah Concert. Daniel Barenboim established the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra with the late Palestinian writer Edward Said in order to bring together young musicians from across the political divide in the Middle East. Their hope was that music would heal and help to bring understanding and tolerance of different beliefs and cultures.The award-winning documentary produced and directed by Paul Smaczny. The Ramallah Concert was a live recording at the Place of Culture in Ramallah, 21 August 2005.

BONUS: 63-minutes conversation between Edward Said and Daniel Barenboim (Subtitles: Deutsch, Français, Español)


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sinfonia concertante in E flat major for oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn, K Anh. 9 (297b); Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No.5 in C minor, op.67; Edward Elgar: Nimrod from Enigma Variations, op.36

Internationaler Emmy Award 2006, FIPA; D‘OR Grand Prize 2007, Best Arts Doc Ban 2007, ECHO Klassik 2006; Bestenliste1/2013, Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik

Facts DVD

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Picture format
NTSC 16:9
Sound format
PCM Stereo
Dolby Digital 5.1
dts 5.1
Total running time
226 mins
Details running time
114 mins (Documentary), 112 mins (Concert)
English, French, German, Spanish
Booklet notes
English, French, German
No. of discs
63-minutes conversation between Edward Said and Daniel Barenboim