Voices of PEACE
Welsh-born Grant Llewellyn arrived in Boston to take the helm of the Handel and Haydn Society on a fateful day: September 10, 2001. The next morning he awoke to the devastation of 9/11. â€œI shared the tragedy with the whole world, but finding myself suddenly in allegiance with a major U.S. arts organization, I was inextricably linked to the experience in a way that, had I remained happily in Wales, I could never have been.â€ The images took him back to his childhood during the troubles of Ireland and England just across the water. In response to 9/11 and other conflicts raging across the globe, Llewellyn tried to envision something musicians could do to help the world heal.
His answer is Peace, a new CD from the Handel and Haydn Society Chorus. Llewellyn selected music that is hopeful, solemn, and uplifting, a collection of choral works that invites listeners to slow down, reflect, recognize, and appreciate the wonder of life in our world. â€œThe repertoire works for me through the inclusion of compellingly beautiful movements combined with sublime tranquility,â€ explains Llewellyn. â€œMusic possesses an almost unique ability to convey such emotions, and is surely the best therapy.â€
The Peace collection is a far cry from New Age or Indian-influenced meditation CDs. The CD consists of choral work from the classical cannon, including composers such as Rachmaninov, Barber, Schoenberg, and GÃ³recki.To sample the music of Peace, visit www.handelandhaydn.org