50 years of Maltese-German diplomatic relations

Reference Number:  , Press Release Issue Date: Feb 24, 2015
Fifty years after the first German ambassador presented his credentials in Malta on 16th February 1965, the Maltese embassy in Berlin celebrated the occasion with a concert by a Maltese-German duo who interpreted 18 German Lieder and a work by a Maltese composer. About 150 guests, mainly representatives from various ministries and embassies, former ambassadors to Malta and many music lovers, accepted Ambassador Friggieri’s invitation to the concert which was held at the Mendelssohn Remise, part of a historic building, in the centre of Berlin which belonged to the famous Mendelssohn family of philosophers, bankers, scientists and artists. In a short speech, Ambassador Friggieri referred to the 50 years of diplomatic relations between Malta and Germany. He said that the state visit by former Maltese President Dr George Abela to Germany last year and the official visit by Maltese Prime Minister Dr Joseph Muscat on 4 February this year had once more underlined the excellent relations which exist between the two countries.
Soprano Verena Rein (left) and pianist Charlene Farrugia (right) received lengthy applause at the end of their concert at the Mendelssohn Remise in Berlin
Well-known German soprano Verena Rein teamed up with one of Malta’s foremost pianists, Charlene Farrugia, to delight the audience with outstanding interpretations of classical songs by Johannes Brahms, Richard Strauss, Gustav Mahler, Hugo Wolf and Kurt Weill. A highlight of the evening was Aleamantes, the work of contemporary Maltese composer Karl Fiorini who was present for the concert. The work, sung by Verena Rein in Maltese, is based on a poem by Claudia Gauci. The evening was concluded with two encores and sustained applause.