One hundred years since the end of the First World War, chief conductor Daniele Gatti is conducting a concert in the War and Peace series, with a leading role for star violinist Leonidas Kavakos. The programme features the sound of mourning, resistance and hope in works written during and just after the Second World War, as well as the world premiere of Eiréné by the French composer Guillaume Connesson.
Leonidas Kavakos is performing the solo part in Karl Amadeus Hartmann’s Concerto funebre, written in 1939 – this is music about hope and resistance in desperate times. The Dutch composer Rudolf Escher wrote his poignant Musique pour l’esprit en deuil during the Second World War. The first performance in 1947 resulted in Escher’s gaining near-instant recognition as the country’s leading composer.
Arthur Honegger chose to stay in France during the Second World War and wrote several works opposing the war. His Third Symphony was a call for peace when the Cold War broke out.