First performance of an Israeli Orchestra in Bayreuth: July 26, 2011

A standing ovation for the Israel Chamber Orchestra and its Music Director Roberto Paternostro for their historical first performance of music by Richard Wagner – and of “Hatikva”, Israel’s national anthem – in Bayreuth on 26 July 2011.

Bridge Building and Stonewalling

The concert was preceded by fierce protests by holocaust survivors in Israel, where Wagner’s music has been taboo for decades. The performance turned into a resounding success for the Israel Chamber Orchestra and its Music Director, Roberto Paternostro.

The concert was perceived as a positive signal of rapprochement - on initiative by Roberto Paternostro, the City of Bayreuth and under the patronage of Katharina Wagner.

Newspapers wrote:.. "a piece of music history" .. "a great triumph for the ensemble" .. "historic moment"

Here's an overview about articles, documentations and the recording.

Click on image to enlarge (in German language)
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Timeline einer Verständigung

Live recording - CD
SACD with detailed booklet. More information and audio samples: "Historical Moment in Bayreuth"

ARD Documentary "Eine besondere Premiere" - In German langugage, by Richard C. Schneider, 30 min (Broadcast: July 31, 2011, ARDexclusiv)
See ARD-Blog "Zwischen Mittelmeer und Jordan",
1st part: Vorsichtige Annäherung an Wagner 
2nd part:  Ein großer Moment der Musikgeschichte 

First official press release and statements by Patron Katharina Wagner, Major Dr. Michael Hohl and Roberto Paternostro: (October 2010)

Statements in English 

First reactions: 30 articles by the most important European newspapers and New York Times
Link Pressespiegel 

Concert: International Press
Part 1: ARD Tagesschau, Die Zeit, Ha’aretz (Israel), Die Welt, FAZ, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Tagesspiegel, Berliner Morgenpost, Times, Stern, CNN, Deutschlandfunk, ORF - Link 
Part 2: Guardian, Le Monde, Telegraph, El Mundo, Corriere della Sera, 3sat, BR Klassik, TIME, NPR (USA), Reuters, AFP, Le Point, Fox News - Link 
Part 3 - "Versöhntes und Unversöhntes" von Susanne Benda u.a. Link 

Further articles and interviews
Die Zeit: Ein Portrait. Roberto Paternostro  
Das Israel Chamber Orchestra ist bereit für Bayreuth und schweigt
Jüdische Allgemeine: Ich will das Eis brechen  -- Available in English, Blog GetClassical: Link to Article 

Concert: July 26, 2011, 11 AM
Stadthalle Bayreuth
Patron: Katharina Wagner

Tsvi Avni: Prayer  
Gustav Mahler: Rückertlieder. Arr. and soloist: Dietrich Henschel
Felix Mendelsohn: Symphony No. 4  "Italian"
Franz Liszt: Angelus
Richard Wagner: Siegfried-Idyll

Israel Chamber Orchestra
Roberto Paternostro
  • Bayreuth Konzert
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  • Israel Chamber Orchestra
  • Hatikva, Israeli National Anthem.