"Yes, we Can-Can" is what the fine people of Cologne were chanting in 2019, two hundred years after the birth of Jakob – later Jacques – Offenbach. The author of indelible melodies such as the Can Can from 'Orpheus in the Underworld' and the Barcarole from 'Tales of Hoffmann' was a master of the not very German art of musical entertainment. But there's also much more to him.

 

Offenbach

Offenbach Photo: Supplied by Deutsche Welle

A selection of Offenbach favourites including his Grand Concerto for cello and orchestra.

Bruno Philippe (cello), Raphaela Gromes (cello), Julian Riem (piano), North-Rhine Westphalia Youth Orchestra/Sebastian Tewinkel, Olga Pudova (soprano), Julien Behr (tenor), West German Radio Orchestra/Enrico Delamboye, Jennifer Larmore (mezzo), Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne/François-Xavier Roth 

Recorded in Broadcast Hall, Cologne by Deutsche Welle