Anima holds a tender spot for French orchestral music from the 19th and early 20th centuries. French chamber music, too occupies a premium spot in the repertoire. Having been all over the world with Camille Saint-Saëns’ Carnaval des Animaux, we plan to take our acquaintance with this composer to the next level.
This Anima-season too boasts one program with masterpieces never before tackled by the orchestra … With open minds and befitting instruments, the musicians will make Slavonic rhythms and exuberant colors prevail! Get ready to be moved by Smetana’s ode to his native country, celebrate with Janáček and the village of Brno, and discover Dvořáks New World.
In 2012, Anima’s acclaimed recording of Debussy’s La Mer, Images and Prélude à l’Après-Midi d’un Faune was issued by Zig-Zag territoires. In 2015, his Deux Danses are on the programme, featuring harpist Marjan de Haer. Elgar’s Serenade is also for strings only, whereas Fauré relies on the wind section for the delicate tones of his Pelléas et Mélisande, and in Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals percussion and a narrator are also deployed. The whole performance is full of energy and enchantment – the ultimate mix of Fin de Siècle and Belle Époque.