DiDonato, Joyce

In War and Peace: Harmony through Music

4 Nov 2016

Barcode: 0190295928469

Composer: Händel, Purcell, Monteverdi
Other participants: Maxim Emelyanychev · Il Pomo D'oro

“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.”

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 optimistic ‘Da tempeste il legno infranto’ from Giulio Cesare. A further aria from Giulio Cesare is the bonus track for the album; it is Sesto’s touching apostrophe to hope, ‘Cara speme’, which Joyce DiDonato sings unforgettably on a floating whisper of breath.

With 20 concerts in 12 countries between November 2016 and June 2017, Joyce DiDonato and Il Pomo d’Oro will bring alive the message of In War and Peace: Harmony through Music. In November they will be in Belgium, the Netherlands, the UK, Austria, Finland and Canada; in December in the USA; in May in France and Germany, and in June in Spain, Ireland and the Czech Republic.

Audio sample & Tracklisting

Disc 1 
01 Handel: Jephtha, HWV 70, Act 1: "Some dire event hangs o'er our heads... Scenes of horror, scenes of woe" (Storgè)  - Joyce DiDonato 
02 Leo: Andromaca, Act 1: "Prendi quel ferro, o barbaro!" (Andromaca)  - Joyce DiDonato 
03 Handel: Giulio Cesare, HWV 17, Act 1: "Vani sono i lamenti... Svegliatevi nel core" (Sesto)  - Joyce DiDonato 
04 Purcell: The Indian Queen, Z. 630, Act 3: "They tell us that you mighty powers above" (Orazia)  - Joyce DiDonato 
05 Handel: Agrippina, HWV 6, Act 2: "Pensieri, voi mi tormentate" (Agrippina)  - Joyce DiDonato 
06 Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act 3: "Thy hand, Belinda... When I am laid in earth" (Dido)  - Joyce DiDonato 
07 Handel: Rinaldo, HWV 7, Act 2: "Lascia ch'io pianga" (Almirena)  - Joyce DiDonato 
08 Purcell: Bonduca, or the British Heroine, Z. 574: "Oh! Lead me to some peaceful gloom" (Bonvica)  - Joyce DiDonato 
09 Handel: Rinaldo, HWV 7, Act 1: "Augelletti che cantate" (Almirena)  - Joyce DiDonato 
10 Jommelli: Attilio Regolo, Act 2: "Sprezza il furor del vento" (Regolo)  - Joyce DiDonato 
11 Purcell: The Indian Queen, Z. 630, Prologue: "Why should men quarrel?" (Girl)  - Joyce DiDonato 
12 Jommelli: Attilio Regolo, Act 1: "Par che di giubilo" (Attilia)  - Joyce DiDonato 
13 Handel: Susanna, HWV 66, Act 2: "Lead me, oh lead me to some cool retreat.... Crystal streams in murmurs flowing" (Susanna)  - Joyce DiDonato 
14 Monteverdi: Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, Act 5: "Illustratevi, o cieli" (Penelope)  - Joyce DiDonato 
15 Handel: Giulio Cesare, HWV 17, Act 3: "Da tempeste il legno infranto" (Cleopatra)  - Joyce DiDonato 

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