Ingrid Roose, the new deputy conductor of the Orchestre de Paris Choir, delivers a concert this evening in which two pillars of choral singing dialogue with rarities of the repertoire. A passionately romantic program.
The Liebesliederwalzer are to choral music what Brahms' symphonies are to the orchestra: a cornerstone of the repertoire that every choir must defend. At the premiere, Brahms himself and Clara Schumann, his long-time partner, played the piano part. The connection with Schumann does not end here: with its frequent oppositions between male and female groups, and its intimate or abruptly passionate colours, it is reminiscent of Schumann's Spanisches Liederspiel.
Little known in France, Wilhelm Stenhammar is nevertheless one of the leading Swedish composers of his generation. The poetic inspiration of these Two Poems of Levertin, instilling a note of solitude and introspection, is close to German romanticism.