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Adrien La Marca, Danae Dörken // Chanson Bohème

Adrien La Marca, Danae Dörken,

Co-Production Deutschlandfunk Kultur

This is the story of two young musicians who met during the Coronavirus lockdown, of all things. Daniel Hope invited the French violist Adrien La Marca to appear on his Arte programme ‘Hope@home’ last December. For the first time, his duo partner was the German-Greek pianist Danae Dörken. Sparks flew between them right away, not only in Beethoven and Prokofiev, but also in the encore, La Bohème by Charles Aznavour, a nostalgic piece about two young people who enjoy the simple things in life and forget all the difficulties of reality.


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And already the idea was born: why not work together on a new project that transcends the frontiers of countries and musical genres? The result was a new programme featuring classical music, French traditional music, film music and chansons, which the pair have now recorded..

At the heart of the recording are the Albumblätter of the Bohemian-German composer Hans Sitt, a violist and contemporary of Johannes Brahms. These ‘album leaves’ are masterpieces of salon music that are far too rarely found in concert programmes. Alongside them are other little gems by Antonín Dvořák, Piotr Tchaikovsky and Brahms himself, but also French delicacies by Francis Poulenc and Erik Satie. More modern repertory is represented by Frank Bridge, Nadia Boulanger and Philip Glass. The two famous chansons, Hubert Giraud’s Sous le ciel de Paris and of course Aznavour’s La Bohème, exude a special charm. An album offering profundity, surprising associations, yet also a typically ‘bohemian’ light-heartedness that enabled the two artists – but not only them! – to forget the dreariness of concert-deprived times.

The album Chanson bohème is their contribution, brimming with hope, for the time after Coronavirus, an era of encounters and genuine concerts rising above all frontiers.


Hubert Giraud (1920-2016)

  • Sous le ciel de Paris 2’14

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

  • Liebesliederwalzer op.52 no.6 2’47

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)

  • Valse sentimentale op.51 no.6 3’43

Antonin Dvořák (1841-1904)

  • Songs my mother taught me 2’30

Frank Bridge (1850-1922)

  • Serenade H23 2’23

Hans Sitt (1850-1922) – Albumblätter for viola and piano, op.39

  • Moderato 2’47
  • Andante sostenuto 3’46
  • Allegro 1’48
  • Allegro 1’25
  • Lento 5’05
  • Allegro molto vivace 1’56

Erik Satie (1866-1925)

  • Je te veux 2’09

Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)

  • Les Chemins de l’amour 3’09

Jules Massenet (1842-1912)

  • Nuit d’Espagne 3’13

Joseph Canteloube (1879-1957)

  • Uno jionto postouro (from Chants d’Auvergne) 1’20
  • Obal di lou Limouzi (from Chants d’Auvergne) 2’54

Nadia Boulanger (1887-1979)

  • Lux aeterna 2’18

Philip Glass (born in 1937)

  • Mishima (from String Quartet no.3) 2’11

Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)

  • Oblivión 3’17

Yann Tiersen (born in 1970)

  • Tempelhof 2’42

Bruno Coulais (born in 1954)

  • Cerf-volant 1’47

Charles Aznavour (1924-2018)

  • La Bohème 2’24

Adrien La Marca


Adrien La Marca’s playing is characterised by profound expressiveness combined with an instrumental mastery that ranges over every repertory. His unique richness of sound combined with a natural charisma creates an immediate emotional bond with his audience. The year 2014 marked an important turning point in his musical life: he was voted Instrumental Solo Discovery of the Year at the Victoires de la Musique Classique. In 2016, Rolando Villazón invited him to appear on his ARTE show ‘Les Stars de Demain’, and the same year he released his first album, ‘English Delight’, on La Dolce Volta. In 2016, Adrien became the first classical musician to receive the prestigious Fondation Lagardère scholarship. He has also held awards from the Banque Populaire, L’Or du Rhin and Safran foundations. Adrien has won many important prizes at international competitions, including the William Primrose, Lionel Tertis, Felix Mendelssohn and Johannes Brahms Competitions. During the 2018/19 season, he made debuts with a number of major orchestras, namely the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre National de France, Polish National Radio Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Insula Orchestra, Orchestre National de Metz and Les Siècles. He was also the first ‘artist in residence’ with the Liège Royal Philharmonic throughout this season. Since 2013, along with his brother Christian-Pierre, he has been joint artistic director of the Festival du Forez in the Loire département. Adrien La Marca plays a viola by Nicola Bergonzi made in Cremona in 1780, generously lent to him by the Boubo Music Foundation


Danae Dörken


Described as ‘discovery of the year’ by the classical music magazine Crescendo and ‘on her way to the very top’ by concerti magazine, German-Greek pianist Danae Dörken is amongst internationally acclaimed artists of a new generation, electrifying audiences and her fellow musicians alike with her stunning technical skills, exceptional charisma and deep musical thinking.


A uniquely gifted talent at very young age, Danae received the support of Lord Yehudi Menuhin when she was seven, and soon began to cause a stir at major European venues with her ‘sparkling joy in playing’ (Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger).


As a passionate chamber musician, she has performed with such leading artists as Lars Vogt, Gustav Rivinius, Sharon Kam, Artur Pizarro, Christiane Oelze, Carolin Widmann, Benjamin Beilman, Benedict Klöckner and Katia & Marielle Labèque. Together with her sister Kiveli, Danae Dörken regularly presents groundbreaking four-hand piano repertory.


Danae Dörken, who is of Greek descent, co-founded the Molyvos International Music Festival (MIMF) with her sister on the island of Lesbos in 2015. Amid the dramas of the European refugee and financial crises, the festival has made a major contribution to strengthening the musical connections between Germany and Greece.

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