In Düsseldorf Alain had told me that a good night’s sleep may well be perhaps the most important thing for a singer. They must have turned in early in Amsterdam, because I don’t remember having heard them sing as well as they did the next day, in Tilburg. That was nice, because of the three churches they visited for their acoustic concerts in The Netherlands, St. Joseph’s Church in the centre of Tilburg, with its Gothic arches, was the best one to realize the full potential of their sound. However, it was important to sit directly in front of the stage to be able to hear this, because the people who were sitting on the side of the stage complained that it was very difficult to hear what was going on.
The voice of Jean-François reached a depth that I would think of as being impossible for a man of his posture. His voice sounded as if it would split open the earth. And there also was Alains crystal clear voice, directed rather to heaven above, as if wanting to open it up. And as usual there was the voice of Stéphane Mangiantini, which even reached just a bit higher. The voices of the singers who had come along for this occasion of these acoustic concerts, Maurice Grégoire-Albertini and Jean-Charles Adami, provided the warm setting in which they all could excel.
After every concert I heard people saying: “I like it best when they sing together, without instruments”. To all these people we offer this video with the second polyphonic part of the concert. Unfortunately the quality of the video is rather bad, because there was not enough light. Sorry for that. But please focus on the art of singing. Successively you can listen to:
2. Lode di u Sepolcru (2’47”)
3. Terra (5’35”)
4. Pace santa (8’40”)
It’s of course also great to hear Jean-François and Alain sing together, yet separately, in one song. They did so in an older song called “Sì Natu Paisanu”. It was dedicated to eleven-year-old Giuseppe, a farm boy in the village of Pianellu, who is perpetuating the ancestral tradition of goat herding In Corsica.
After the concert Alain, Stéphane and Maurice sang a strophe from “Beata Funtanella”. Maurice is seen from the back, but look at the shining faces of Alain and Stéphane. They are having fun! As if it could take a while until they’d have their night’s sleep there in Tilburg!
Ùn mi mancasti mai o Chjara Stè
Chì fusti tù per mè u primu amore
Dipoi fusti per mè cum’è a stella
Chì sà guidà l’amanti à locu ascosu
È sempre à listess’ora la più bella
Di quella funtanella fui amurosu
For the devotees hereby the setlist of this series of acoustic concerts:
1. Salve sancta parens
3. Agnus dei
4. A tè Corsica
7. Ùn ti ne scurdà
10. Sì natu paisanu
11. A Zitellina
13. Lode di u Sepolcru
15. Pace Santa
16. A morte di Filicone
17. No woman, no cry
19. Quì sin’ à l’umanità
In Germany, the last song was “Der Mond ist aufgegangen”. This caused much enthusiasm among the audience. Possible encores were further: “Barbara Furtuna”, “Ci teneremu caru”, “Le temps qu’il fera” en “Golu caru”.
Below is the setlist as it was on stage as a mnemonic for the singers.