From a series of concerts entitled, "The Poet" which was featured during our last concert cycle of the 2009-2010 season. The idea was to concoct a program of music that had been written during, and pieces lamenting the devastating Second World War, with a set of Jazz standards from the period as the center piece & sandwiched with 2 of Paul Sacher commissioned masterpieces of the era: opening with Arthur Honegger's 2nd Symphony for Strings and Trumpet & concluding the program with Richard Strauss's Metamorphosen for 23 solo strings. Trumpeter, John Russell joins AFC on Honegger's War Symphony, and reflecting back, the composer himself wrote of the piece: "For over a year I gathered together a few vague ideas; none of them satisfied me. Eventually during the sad days of the Occupation, I threw myself into the quartets of Beethoven and the influence of these magnificent pieces stimulated & enabled me to start work." Recorded live for A Far Cry by Simon C. Yue on April 2nd, 2010 inside New England Conservatory's gorgeously plush, Jordan Hall.