By John Owoo
(In Accra – Ghana)
A group comprising classical musicians from Germany, France and Ghana on Wednesday delighted a capacity audience with diverse compositions as part of events marking the 2020 celebration of the Elysée Treaty.
Performing at the Goethe-Institut in Accra, they severally and jointly treated the crowd to diverse arrangements inlcuding “Trio in A Minor Opus 61 No. 3” (François Devienne), “Serenade” (Franz Schubert) and “Meditation from Thaïs” (Jules Massenet).
Others are “Am Brunnen vor dem Tore” (Franz Schubert), “Sonata e Minor Opus 38” (Johannes Brahms), “Toreador Song” (Goerge Bizet), “Le Cygne” (Camille Saint-Saëns) and “Trio Opus 100” (Franz Schubert).
With Hannah Blattner (flute), Mieke Karpenkiel (clarinet), Kennedy Dankwa (vocals), Monia Schmid (cello), Luise Sandberger (vocals), Thea Sollwede (piano), Comisa May (violin) and Edwin Ferguson (piano), the group showcased attractive rhythmic patterns and lovely tunes that flowed in a continuous stream.
Indeed, the instrumentalists played with robust energy yet in an amazingly relaxed manner despite a few days of rehearsals. No wonder they received applause from the audience, which included the German Ambassador to Ghana Christoph Retzlaff and his French counterpart Anne Sophie Avé.
Undeniably, vocalists Dankwa and Sandberger were the toast of the evening as their voices soared through the air with vitality while integrating with the instrumentalists in a cool balance. In the process, they delivered the act they have so gracefully mastered with vital clarity.
France and the Federal Republic of Germany signed the Elysée Treaty on 22nd January 1963. Following several decades of rivalries and conflicts, both countries 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.