The Barenboims


Carnegie Hall

Zankel Hall is smaller which I prefer. Sitting in the back, P18, I hear the subway rambling all the time – no vibration tho, (last time we sat on the front row, heard nothing.) and people in and out rather frequently. Four pieces by West-Eastern Divan Ensemble is led by Michael, the son:

  1. SCHUBERT Rondo in A Major for Violin and Strings, D. 438
  2. BENJAMIN ATTAHIR Jawb (NY Premiere)
  3. TARTINI Devil’s Trill Sonata
  4. MENDELSSOHN Octet in E-flat Major


West-Eastern Divan Ensemble is an orchestra based in Seville, Spain (wiki‘s photo). It was founded in 1999 by Daniel Barenboim, Michael’s father and Edward W. Said, a Palestinian American (1935 Jerusalem – 2003 NYC) who was a literature prof at Columbia University and an accomplished pianist.


one of my most faved CDs

Daniel Barenboim (1942 -) is a man with many hats and stories. He was born to Argentinian-Jewish parents in Buenos Aires, and has citizenships of Israel and Spain. He began his piano lesson at five with his father and played for Wilhelm Furtwängler. Married his first wife Jacqueline du Pré (1945-87; retired in 1973) in 1967, he and Michael’s mother, a Russian pianist Elena Bashkirova (1958 Moscow -) married in 1988, the year after Jacqueline passed away to multiple sclerosis, although they’ve been living together in Paris for a while: David Arthur Barenboim was born in 1982 and Michael 1985.

One other side of Daniel is his political activities, a strong supporter of Palestinian rights. The West-Eastern Divan Ensemble is his testament, to unit people, around Mid East (Arabs, Israeli, Palestinian, etc.) with music. His decision to play Wagner in Jerusalem in the summer of 2001, was one of his believe, music connects, and heals.


This pair of kids behave nicely. 

This ticket was a comp for the
Beethoven’s 6th and 7th last Sunday. The lady sat next to me is one of the new docents (tour guide) who lives in Queens, which corrects my thinking that the volunteers (mostly women) to these big organization live in Manhattan. She said her friend refused to come because the grudge she held against Daniel … “he took up with another woman while still married (to Jacqueline du Pré).” For the record, this is his son’s concert; and secondly, didn’t Jacqueline have extra marital affair?

In honor of the centenary of his birth, Carnegie Hall’s 2019–2020 season is dedicated to the memory of Isaac Stern in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to Carnegie Hall, arts advocacy, and the field of music.

As a matter of fact, Stern’s two sons, Michael (1959 – ) and David from his second marriage are conductors, the daughter Shira is a rabbi.  Lately, I saw a couple of sons under famous fathers in concerts: the Solzhenitsyns.

Friday night actions @ Times Square, includes a horse.


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