Saint-Saëns & Poulenc

Anima holds a tender spot for French orchestral music from the 19th and early 20th centuries – a fondness to which past projects devoted to Berlioz, Fauré, Ravel, Debussy and Poulenc (of which a selection has been assembled in a CD box by Outhere Music/Alpha) proudly testify. French chamber music, too – particularly that of Camille Saint-Saëns – occupies a premium spot in the repertoire. Having been a guest at venues all over the world with our historically inspired Carnaval des Animaux, we plan to take our acquaintance with this composer to the next level this season. This time, we’ve selected a wider range of chamber music in varying settings, highlighting the colors and atmospheres, energetic interplay, rhythmical diligence and transparent textures of this master’s oeuvre. Another paragon of French early modern music, blessed with the same qualities of humor, craftsmanship, precision, elegance and infinite resourcefulness is Francis Poulenc: undoubtedly one of the most original early 20th-century composers, and a personal favorite of maestro van Immerseel!