About the album
Maxim Emelyanychev, conductor
Il Pomo d’Oro
When the project “In War & Peace: Harmony through Music” first came to me, it was my strong reaction to the terror attack in Paris in November, 2015. I felt the need to respond to the world around me with the expressive outlet I know best: music. My hope was that through this repertoire that I love so deeply I might bring comfort not only to myself, but to you, the audience.
As human beings, the precious gift of peace comes and goes, but I believe profoundly that it is one well worth nourishing and cultivating at every corner of our lives. It is, in fact, how we change the world — from our very own inner corner outwards. My most sincere hope is that this musical journey will bring you lasting comfort and a glimpse into the possible journey from chaos into peace.
– Joyce DiDonato
"Celebrity mezzo Joyce DiDonato goes more Baroque’ n ‘ Roll in her film of In War & Peace, a heartfelt examination of the motives and results of both states through a series of arias. DiDonato sings with poise and elegance… her sorrow and passion are clear to see and appreciate - it is an incredibly giving performance."Opera News