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Album Review

Tristesse means "sadness." This neo-classical album by French composer Paul Sauvanet can follow proudly in the footsteps of the great requiems and the classic Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber), the Third Symphony: Symphony of Sorrowful Songs by Henryk Gorecki, or Shadow, Light by Franco Battiato. As the subtitle of Sauvanet's work notes, all movements are adagio, languid with weeping, heavy with grief, yet buoyant with innate hope. Sauvanet does not argue and rail against death as some requiems do, but he proceeds with a dramatic tension that leads the listener along that exquisite border between despair and redemption.


Genre: New Age

Years Active: '90s

French composer/conductor/teacher Paul Sauvanet was born in southern France and originally studied classical European music, but is equally at home with artists as diverse as Oscar Peterson, Keith Jarrett, space music composers Michael Stearns and Steve Roach, and Arvo Pärt. He has also expanded his musical palette to include world music, fusion, and electronic music, both avant-garde and as a digital orchestra. Educated at the Bordeaux National and the Paris National Superior Music Academies,...
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