War and Peace is the third theme in the innovative Horizon series this season. One hundred years since the end of the First World War, this programme features the sound of mourning, resistance and hope, and coincides with the exhibition at the Dutch Resistance Museum commemorating the 1943 attack on the Register Office in Amsterdam. After the concert, conducted by chief conductor Daniele Gatti, the battle rages on in the Entrée Late Night, which brings all Horizon concerts to a close.
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. During the Second World War, it became impossible for the half-Jewish Dutch composer and pianist Henriëtte Bosmans to work; yet, near the end of the war, she did manage to compose her short, poignant Doodenmarsch (March of the Dead) for speaker and orchestra, setting a text by Clara Eggink.
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. Daniele Gatti is also conducting the world premiere of the new orchestral work Eiréné by the French composer Guillaume Connesson.