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'Concert for Peace': Vienna Phil, Yuja Wang to mark 100 years since end of Great War

The world famous Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra commemorated the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War with a symbolic "Concert for Peace" during a memorable performance at the Royal Opera House at the Palace of Versailles Maestro Franz Welser-Möst conceived the programme, a musical journey with devastation, hope and contemplation. The conductor said: "I think these days of commemoration are there to pause for a moment and think about what happened. How have we evolved over the past 100 years."

The First World War showed no mercy to artists. Many died or returned injured like the Austrian pianist Paul Wittgenstein. He lost his right arm on the battlefield. Maurice Ravel composed a concerto for him - marvellously interpreted by the charismatic pianist Yuja Wang. "The way he has written it, it's like he's had three hands or four hands in his head I mean there's a top melody and then, this in the middle, and it's like the most beautiful harmonies there and so much intricacies and the instrumentation, he's using, the colours he's creating. And you know it has a groovy, wild side," Wang said.

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