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Les Fragments de la Nuit: Musique de Crepuscule

Les Fragments de la Nuit is a French quintet started by Michel Villar (piano) and Ombeline Chardes (violin) who are score composers for film. The quintet consists of three violinists, a cellist and a pianist. There are also female vocals add to four tracks on the CD, these voices are used like instruments and no words are sung. Musique de Crepuscule is their debut CD and the music is written about the night. Crepuscule is the time of day right after the sunset. If you imagine the stillness, darkness or loneliness of the night you have a general idea of the feeling of the album. Most of pieces on the CD are short tracks ranging from about one to four minutes long. Each track seems to convey a different mood, but overall there is a melancholic feeling to the CD.

As a point of reference I would compare their music to the works of Philip Glass, Steve Reich or Dead Can Dance. The track Assault uses the effect of each instrument playing a simple repetitive part and slowly adding the parts together culminating into beautiful and emotional pieces similar to Philip Glass. Solitude the seventh track on the CD is a solo piano piece that is played very delicately with very few notes and really conveys the solitude of night. Another track that stood out for me was Solarisation. This track starts out with the violins playing a drone that has a slight swirling effect to it. This fades and the piano comes in with some low register notes played long and slow giving an eerie feeling to the piece. The violins come back in and play against a soft simple piano line creating a tension, similar to what one my feel walking at night and not knowing what is around the next corner. These are just some examples of how well the quintet can paint a picture of the night with their music.

When I listen to this CD I can imagine walking along the ocean or in a field at night with only the moonlight guiding my way. Les Fragments de la Nuit have created a beautiful soundtrack for the night. I would recommend this CD to anyone that likes modern classical music, soundtracks, for someone wanting soft emotional music with touch of darkness, or anyone the enjoys splendor of the Night.


Track Listing
01. Eveil des Fées
02. Assault
03. La Ronde des Fées
04. Entre Ciel et Fer
05. Devenons Demain I
06. Devenons Demain II
07. Solitude
08. Solarisation
09. La Chambre des Fées
10. Soleils Noirs pour Lune Blanche
11. La Mélodie de la Tête
12. Le Château Enchanté
13. Le Scarabée Bleu
14. Soleils Noirs pour Lune Blanche - Tango
15. Les Eaux Dormantes
16. Alpha du Centaure

Added: October 28th 2008
Reviewer: Christian Bernier
Related Link: The Band's Website
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Language: english

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