"Les chemins ombragés" by André Gagnon on iTunes

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Customer Reviews

Music for beautiful interludes, and quiet introspective moments.


I have a number of 'digital files' that feature this great French 'pianissimo' master. Many of the selections, remind one of backing scores from French films of the 1960's. Where the only sound one hears is the music, chronicling the actors movements on screen. Especially, the somber and short good-byes, so often acted-out by the hapless, cosmopolitans. Who are so often depicted as being quietly desperate, and locked hopelessly into their own circumstance. It's very easy to hear Gagnon's 'classical bearing' in all the pieces, he plays precisely, and beautifully. His 'technique' reminds me at times of the great Erik Satie's movements. "Les chemins ombrages" translates to "The Shaded Paths" if my French doesn't fail me. This is an apt title, and really reflects the spirit of the album. A place where the harshness of the day, or life itself; is offered but a brief respite. There are eleven movements on this offering, and Andre glides easily from one feeling, to another with a commanding grace. A full orchestra with strings adds emphasis to some of the passages, but never in any way overpowers the poignancy his playing imparts. 'Le piano de Claude' is a personal favorite of mine, the harmonica adds a touch of pathos. 'Cantilene' is the perfect ending, punctuated with a light-operatic vocalise, as the word 'fin' flashes, and the 'final film credits' begin to role. Very elegantly done, and should appeal to those Gagnon fans, who relish great depth in music. Recommended.

About André Gagnon

Classical musician and composer Andre Gagnon began playing the piano before he even began school. Born in 1942 in Quebec, he went to Paris at the age of 19 to study on a grant from the Canadian government. After returning to Canada, he worked with Claude Leveillee for seven years. He then turned solo and went to London to record with the London Baroque Orchestra and later, the Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra. Of his more than 20 albums from 1964 to 1993, Neiges (1976) was the most popular; it was a bestseller and won a Canadian Juno Award. Gagnon has also recorded in the disco and pop fields. ~ John Bush

    Pacome-de-Kamouraska, Quebec, Can
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