The Reith Lectures 2006

This year's Reith Lecturer is the eminent conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim, a leading cultural figure of our time.

His remarkable career spans more than five decades.

He has worked with all the world's great orchestras and now holds the posts of Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and General Music Director of the Deutsche Staatsoper in Berlin.

He is also co-founder, with the late Edward Said, of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra which brings together young Arab and Israeli musicians.

"Music", argues Barenboim, "lies at the heart of what it is to be human".

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This year's Reith Lecturer is the eminent conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim, a leading cultural figure of our time.

His remarkable career spans more than five decades.

He has worked with all the world's great orchestras and now holds the posts of Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and General Music Director of the Deutsche Staatsoper in Berlin.

He is also co-founder, with the late Edward Said, of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra which brings together young Arab and Israeli musicians.

"Music", argues Barenboim, "lies at the heart of what it is to be human".This year's Reith Lecturer is the eminent conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim, a leading cultural figure of our time.

His first public performance was a concert with an orchestra in Buenos Aires at the age of 8 and, at aged 11, he was declared a 'phenomenon' by the celebrated German conductor Wilhelm Furtwangler.

"Music", argues Daniel Barenboim, "lies at the heart of what it is to be human".

In his introductory lecture recorded in front of an audience at the Cadogan Hall in London, he draws upon a lifetime of musical experience to point a way forward for us all through music.

"Music is a way to make sense of the world: our history, our politics, our future - our very essence."

Presented by Sue Lawley.

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In this lecture recorded in front of an audience at the Symphony Center in Chicago, Barenboim tries to rescue the neglected sense - the ear - and launches his own campaign against muzak.

This year's Reith Lecturer is the eminent conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim, a leading cultural figure of our time.

His remarkable career spans more than five decades.

He has worked with all the world's great orchestras and now holds the posts of Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and General Music Director of the Deutsche Staatsoper in Berlin.

He is also co-founder with the late Edward Said of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra which brings together young Arab and Israeli musicians.

"Music," argues Daniel Barenboim, "lies at the heart of what it is to be human".

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In the Beginning Was Sound

In his second lecture, recorded in front of an audience at the Symphony Center in Chicago, Daniel Barenboim tries to rescue the neglected sense - the ear - and he launches his own campaign against muzak.

Presented by Sue Lawley.

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This year's Reith Lecturer is the eminent conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim, a leading cultural figure of our time.

His remarkable career spans more than five decades.

He has worked with all the world's great orchestras and now holds the posts of Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and General Music Director of the Deutsche Staatsoper in Berlin.

He is also co-founder with the late Edward Said of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra which brings together young Arab and Israeli musicians.

"Music," argues Daniel Barenboim, "lies at the heart of what it is to be human".

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In the Beginning Was Sound

In his third lecture, recorded in front of an audience at the Deutsche Staatsoper in Berlin, Daniel Barenboim argues that we have lost the ability to make value judgements about public standards - all because of political correctness and bad education.

Presented by Sue Lawley

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This year's Reith Lecturer is the eminent conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim, a leading cultural figure of our time.

His remarkable career spans more than five decades.

He has worked with all the world's great orchestras and now holds the posts of Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and General Music Director of the Deutsche Staatsoper in Berlin.

He is also co-founder with the late Edward Said of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra which brings together young Arab and Israeli musicians.

"Music," argues Daniel Barenboim, "lies at the heart of what it is to be human".

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In the Beginning Was Sound

In his fourth lecture, recorded in front of an audience at the Ponifical Notre Dame Center in Jerusalem, Daniel Barenboim talks about his West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, and how he has discovered that music is the great equaliser.

Presented by Sue Lawley.

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In his fifth lecture, recorded in front of an audience in Jerusalem, Daniel Barenboim talks about music, and the difference between strength and power.