By John Owoo
(In Accra – Ghana)
Young German musicians from Music Without Borders alongside French flutist Céline Duchon and cellist Theo Bross on Tuesday charmed an over capacity audience with improvised classical tunes as part of the 56th anniversary of the Elysée Treaty.
Performing at the Alliance Française in Accra, the group impressed the audience with high energy and enthusiasm during the concert, which was persuasively beautiful, elegant, playful, dramatic and downright powerful.
Jointly and severally, they delighted the crowd with emotionally rich sounds from German and French composers, including Johann Sebastien Bach (Prelude from G major Suite), Claude Debussy (Syrinx), Georges Bizet (Prelude from Carmen), Jean-Marie Leclair (Trio Sonata in D major) and Robert Schumman (Träumerei).
Alongside a wide spectrum of orchestral colour and power, the musicians equally mesmerized the crowd with renditions from Joseph Hyden (London Trio in C major), Leoplod Mozart (Bouree), Johann Sebastien Bach (Rondeau and Badinerie from the orchestral suite in B minor), Astor Piazzolla (Libertango) and Christopher Tin (Baba Yetu).
With Juliette Esposito / Amelia Cerdan Prados (flutes), Johanna von Hirschfeld (oboe), Friederike Lehnert (clarinet), Katja Schröder (trumpet), Bengt Bergh (bassoon), Ricarda Kreutz (violin) and Mila Graf (cello), the musicians reminded the audience of the benefits of the treaty with this fruitful German / French music collaboration.
Earlier, H/E Christoph Reztlaff, German Ambassador in Accra and his French counterpart H/E Anne Sophie Avé shared the benefits of the friendship which has transcended economic, diplomacy and cultural to other activities for over five decades while hoping for the best in the future.
France and the Federal Republic of Germany signed the Elysée Treaty on 22nd January 1963. Following several decades of rivalries and conflicts, Germany and France sent a message of reconciliation and laid the groundwork for close bilateral cooperation to support European integration.
It is the result of two men – former West German Federal Chancellor Konrad Adenauer and French President Charles de Gualle – who opposed the Nazi regime and offered friendship to enemies of the past. With this treaty, they decided to establish a new relationship to seal a lasting friendship.
German Embassy, French Embassy, Institut Français Alliance Française and the Goethe-Institut supported the concert.