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Joyce DiDonato - In War & Peace: Harmony
Through Music

“Perhaps my most personal project to date,” is how American mezzo-soprano
Joyce DiDonato describes In War and Peace: Harmony through Music. Her ambitions
for this collection of arias from Baroque operas are substantial. Surrounded as
we are by instability, she hopes it will help us find an answer to a vitally
important question: “In the midst of chaos, how do you find peace?”

Her aim is to “steer conversation and discourse … to help all of us find
peace in our lives in a dynamic way … As I have tried to convey in this
selection of music, the power to bravely tip the scales towards peace lies
firmly within every single one of us.”

DiDonato, an opera singer who certainly does not live in an ivory tower, was
motivated to assemble the programme after the terrorist attacks in Paris in
November 2015. She had been planning an exploratory album with an emphasis on
rare arias, but in the light of the tragic events she rethought her approach,
giving it wider and deeper implications.

In War and Peace: Harmony through Music was recorded with Il Pomo d'Oro under
its principal conductor Maxim Emelyanychev. The programme comprises 15 arias
divided into two sections: 'War' and 'Peace'. Both contain music by
Purcell and Handel - including, to close 'War', Dido's dignified, but
searing lament from Dido and Aeneas and Almirena's haunting and heartbreaking
'Lascia ch'io pianga' from Rinaldo. An excerpt from Monteverdi's Il ritorno
d'Ulisse is included in 'Peace', which concludes with
Cleopatra's spi­rit­ed and defiantly

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