The accused 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 be burned at the stake.
The work is a touching drama and at the same time a revealing parable of corruption and abuse of power.
Honegger combines different musical styles here, from Baroque chorale to jazz-inflected music-hall sounds, to create a captivating sound painting. The conductor of the evening is Alan Gilbert.
- Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
- Alan Gilbert - Conductor
- MDR Radio Choir
Jeanne d'Arc au bûcher, dramatic oratorio