AUDIO EXPERIENCE FROM FRANCE
The holidays are almost here. However, if you are less than enthusiastic at the thought of eating overcooked turkey or lumpy gravy, don’t worry! The State of Sound is watching out for you, its cherished citizens, and wants to invite you to a feast for the ears.
The holidays are the perfect time to reflect on life’s essentials, one of which is the basis for the existence of this blog and many of our technological tools: music!
Therefore, for your musical Christmas meal, I have carefully prepared some delectable dishes. I have included only the freshest of artists and cherry-picked the best playlists. As icing on the cake, I have provided an assortment of related videos and clips.
I have scoured the web to give you some stunning acoustic and studio sessions, intimate interviews, private performances, and concert clips. On the menu, we have Michel Godard, who offers us a lovely interpretation of Monteverdi’s work recorded using the natural acoustics of the Noirac Abbey. We also get to sample Monteverdi as rendered by Philippe Jourrouski, an alto with an enchanting and disconcerting voice. Natural, ancient acoustics also bring out the beauty of Renaud Garcia Fons’ double bass as we travel between the realms of jazz and world music. We additionally have the opportunity to slip into some clandestine studio sessions to listen to the sublime sounds of Claire Chevallier playing Franz Liszt on her Erard Piano and the voices of Woodkid, Lou Doillon, the Villagers and Trio Zéphyr.
Also on the menu is a captivating short film recorded in La Buissonne Studios in Avignon featuring Daniel Mille and the amazing voice of Jean Louis Trintignant. There is also a special course being served up on the banks of the canal – an improvised performance by the British-Italian vocal artist Piers Faccini. There are, of course, also concert excerpts that invite you to enjoy anew the beauty of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater as well as Diana Krall’s swing jazz, flavored with hints of Brazilian bossa nova. From Brazil itself comes the “Maestro”, Hermeto Pascoal, and his musical mix revolving around lines of dialogue spoken by French actor Yves Montand, whose voice clearly inspired Pascoal’s creative madness.
You can find all of these artists and their complete albums on my Qobuz or Spotify playlists. For those of you who don’t subscribe to either site, all of the information needed to find these works elsewhere is available here.
Happy holidays and spoil your ears: I hope that some of these musical offerings will help you do just that! I look forward to seeing you all again on January 10th.
The videos referenced here are available on Youtube, and access to them is unrestricted. The videos’ creators are solely responsible for their content.