Matthias Goerne illuminates the many shades in Robert Schumann's songs with his dark baritone. A selection of them can now be heard for the first time in arrangement for chamber orchestra. French music complements the German song program.
Matthias Goerne is a proven Schumann connoisseur. One to whom the deep longing as well as the pointed irony in Schumann's songs is close. He can rejoice sky-high as well as be saddened to death in music. The arrangement for chamber orchestra is likely to increase the expressive palette of Schumann's piano songs. The actual orchestral song was "invented" in France by Hector Berlioz.
From the French pen to be heard in the concert: Charles Gounod's classical Petite Symphonie for winds, reminiscent of Mozart. The Petite Suite by Claude Debussy, originally written for piano four-hands. It transports one to the light Paris of the Impressionists. Albert Roussel's Petite Suite, on the other hand, seems more sober, is more matter-of-fact, and yet nobly retains its secrets. Music by a composer who is unjustly rarely played.
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