François-Xavier Roth is relatively new at the Gürzenich orchestra in Cologine, still feeling his way with the audience.
So, at the end of the concert, he gave a little chat in German and English on recent results – football and the French election. Then he went into cabaret mode, singing Charles Trenet’s classic La Mer, with orchestral accompaniment.
Not many music directors get this volume of applause.
Now test it against the great original: