November 09, 2016
Joyce DiDonato talks peace on the cover of Gramophone magazine
“This kind of music is so personal and so deeply human. Every aria is a big journey,” Joyce DiDonato says of her new album In War & Peace - Harmony Through Music. The American mezzo-soprano is the cover star of the latest issue of Gramophone magazine.
DiDonato reveals that the idea for the album came to her in the aftermath of the 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris, and that she felt more strongly than ever the relevance of these Baroque arias which explore so powerfully the extremes of human nature in troubled times.
“I want this album to be the one that people need to replay over and over – I have something to say with this disc," she says. "I think the timing is right to dare to actually challenge people and make a big statement like this.
"The only things that make sense, the only sane place right now for many people, are the arts and music. It’s the one place where we can still be united.”
In War & Peace has been selected as Editor's Choice in the Best New Recordings section of the same issue, where it is praised as "an album that is as much a personal manifesto as a recital. Returning to the repertoire where it all began, In War & Peace finds DiDonato back on Baroque ground for the first time in a while, and it’s a joyful musical homecoming."