The Great War remains, even 100 years after its end, anchored in the memory of humanity.

In order to give due place to the horror while also encouraging soldiers and giving hope to the home front: music remains the most powerful balm for the wounded soul. In this programme, various composers and works relating to World War I are placed alongside each other, like chapters of a book or scenes from a film.


Lili Boulanger – Vieille prière bouddhique (Prière quotidienne pour tout l'univers)
Gustav Holst –The Planets, op. 32: I. Mars, the Bringer of War
George Michael Cohan – Over There (arr. D. Capelletti)
Sir Edward Elgar – Le drapeau belge, op. 79
Sir Charles Hubert Parry – Songs of Farewell: IV. There Is an Old Belief
Claude Debussy – Berceuse Héroique
Jeroen D’hoe – Songs for the Crossing: II. On the Run
Nicolas De Cock – In Flanders Fields
Traditional – Danny Boy (arr. D. Capelletti)
Max Reger – Drei Motetten, op. 110 ‘O Tod, Wie Bitter Bist Du’
Sir Edward Elgar – The Spirit of England, op. 80: III. For the Fallen



Florian Helgath

Brussels Philharmonic


The Brussels Philharmonic was founded in 1935 by the Belgian public broadcaster (NIR/INR). It enjoys an excellent reputation for performing premieres of new works and has collaborated with world-renowned composers such as Bartók, Stravinsky, Messiaen and Francesconi.

Hanne Roos, sopraan

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