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French Chansons

In this online concert, the internationally celebrated baritone Thomas Oliemans joins Amsterdam Sinfonietta for a programme based on French chansons, spanning the centuries. As a boy, Oliemans became acquainted with this genre thanks to his father’s record collection.

As a boy, the baritone Thomas Oliemans began singing along with the stars of French chanson, thanks to his father’s LP collection. Now a celebrated opera singer appearing at major opera houses throughout the world, he teams up with Amsterdam Sinfonietta once again, this time returning to his early passion: the French chanson. Popular and lesser known works, ranging from Jacques Brel to Claude François and from Charles Trenet to Stromae, are interlaced with classical works for strings by Ravel, Rameau, Debussy and Fauré. They illustrate the unmistakable and enduring French sound idiom throughout the centuries.

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  • French chansons and French classical


  • Amsterdam Sinfonietta
  • Candida Thompson artistic directo & violin
  • Thomas Oliemans vocals & piano
  • Bert van den Brink accordion & piano
  • Jens Meijer drums
  • Ruben Drenth trumpet & flügelhorn

The baritone Thomas Oliemans sings chansons as if he were Aznavour himself’

– de Volkskrant ****

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