In the organizer's words:
The defendant is a national heroine, the trial a farce. In Arthur Honegger's oratorio Jeanne d'Arc au bûcher, Joan of Arc looks back on her life, her visions and her successes during a show trial in which she is sentenced to death at the stake. The work is both a touching drama and a revealing parable of corruption and abuse of power. Here, Honegger combines different musical styles, from baroque chorale to jazzy music-hall sound, to create a stirring sound painting. The conductor for the evening is Alan Gilbert.
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