The young Duo Horizons, founded in 2018, consists of singer Annina Gieré and accordionist Mario Strebel - both versatile and accomplished artists. Actually classical musicians, they move in parallel just as stylistically assured in other genres. Together they have devoted themselves mainly to French chanson, which is very close to their hearts. Through carefree moderation, they also convey the French texts to the audience directly and authentically. The interplay of the versatile, sonorous accordion and the expressive voice relentlessly transports the listener into the turbulent world of chanson. Allons-y, mesdames et messieurs!
Et la fête continue...
An evening of French chanson, with music by
Piaf, Brel, Ferré, Kosma and Barbara
Who does not know the timeless and unique melodies of the legendary Edith Piaf, the Belgian Jacques Brel or the unconventional Barbara! The French chanson from the Paris of the 1950s is firmly anchored in French cultural tradition and continues to inspire people around the globe.
With its ever present melancholic undertone, the chanson tells everyday stories - the small, seemingly meaningless and yet essential moments of life that are familiar to us all. It tells of the thrilling and dark nightlife of the cabarets and music halls of Montmartre, it tells of street artists and fairs, of prostitutes, soldiers and sailors, of cities like Paris, Vienna or Amsterdam and of course always of dreams, disappointments and the eternal theme of love...
The two young artists Annina Gieré and Mario Strebel lead us through the pieces with commentaries and dedicate their programme entirely to this music, whose irresistible mixture of passion and fragility still moves us with its authenticity in the 21st century...
French Baroque meets French Chanson
A dialogue between ancient heroines by Rameau, Lully, Gluck and others and everyday heroines by Brel, Barbara,
Ferré and Piaf.
In her euphoria, her dreams, passions and fears, an Antigone comes astonishingly close to the simple girl from 1950s Paris.
As heroic as a Dido or Phèdre may appear, they are fragile inside. As perspective-less as the figures of French chansons may seem, they are down-to-earth and self-confident. Their destinies, be they in the distant or near past, connect and move us still.
French composers translate the ancient heroines into baroque opera with such urgency and sensitivity that they remain explosive to this day. And the melodies from the Latin Quarter or Montmartre of the 20th century, with their melancholy undertone, still captivate audiences worldwide.
The combination of these two styles - both intrinsic to the French soul - creates a captivating dialogue of French music - a bridge from baroque to chanson - a programme that is a matter of the heart for the two artists Annina Gieré and Mario Strebel.