IN WAR & PEACE - HARMONY THROUGH MUSIC Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano Il Pomo d'Oro Maxim Emelyanychev, harpsichord & direction. Harmony Through Music. The pendulum of human history has continuously swung between despair and hope, horror and bliss, chaos and tranquility. We are a restless bunch, prone to desperation, isolation and violence in some moments, and yet, mercifully, to optimism and generosity in others. As a citizen of the world in 2016, at times I am overwhelmed by the temptation to spiral down into the turmoil and pessimism that seemingly invades all.
The stimulus for In War & Peace was extramusical: DiDonato temporarily shelved a different project in the wake of the terrorist attack at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris. The concept is ambitious: the booklet includes quotes about finding peace from figures as varied as Patrick Stewart, Riccardo Muti, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and an inmate at New York's Sing Sing prison
In War & Peace: Harmony . .has been added to your Cart. One of opera’s most outspoken and impassioned personalities, Joyce DiDonato reminds us with her new albumIn War and Peacethat music soothes turmoil, threatens power and the status quo, and gloriously exalts the spirit. Her selection of arias demonstrates how powerfully Baroque opera explores the extremes of human nature – from the tumult of Handel’sScenes of Horror, Scenes of Woeto Purcell’s descent into despair,Dido’s Lament
For her new collection of arias, assertive mezzo Joyce DiDonato took up songs of solace and despair, envisioning their network as a healing bridge of harmony. Handel’s Lascia ch’io pianga from Rinaldo rests perfectly on the singer's palate, its captivating melodies flowing forth like velvet. In War & Peace - Harmony through Music Joyce DiDonato. For her new collection of arias, assertive mezzo Joyce DiDonato took up songs of solace and despair, envisioning their network as a healing bridge of harmony.
Joyce DiDonato didn't initially set out to address such a weighty question with her new recording on Erato, but the horrific events which unfolded during the preparation-stage prompted a sudden and dramatic change in direction. Featuring music by Jommelli, Leo, Handel, Monteverdi and Purcell, In War and Peace explores the psychology of various baroque characters caught in the midst of conflict and/or trying to negotiate some sort of resolution to the discord which surrounds them, ranging from the abject despair of Purcell's Dido and the impotent rage of Handel's Sesto to the post-war jubilation. of Handel's Cleopatra