Les Fragments de la Nuit - _Musique du Crepuscule_
(Equilibrium Music, 2008)
by: Quentin Kalis (8.5 out of 10)
"Our music is poetry in which words are notes, a memory on which images are dreams."

The two core members of Les Fragments de la Nuit, Michel Villar (piano) and Ombeline Chardes (violin), are film score composers, and their early work can be heard on a variety of independent film and documentary soundtracks. Two additional violinists and a cellist were recruited to enable them to fully realise their compositions on _Musique du Crepuscule_, their first "widely available" (whatever that may mean -- this still won't be found at Walmart or Tesco) album.

The mood is highly variable, ranging from the delightfully ethereal through to the stirring and bombastic -- their work as score composers shines through, but the only film here is the one seen in by the composers' homunculi. The compositions are brief, rarely lasting more than a few minutes, but to listen to it form beginning to end, it flows with the ease of a mountain stream after the winter rains. They take us on a whirlwind of emotions from the fairylike through to Wagnerian pomposity and back to depressive dirges. Her voice is technically good -- or at least it seems like it; it is all too infrequently used, resulting in a near instrumental album. A minor matter; this is still a more than decent release. I would recommend that the songs be listened to order -- listening to _Musique du Crepuscule_ on "shuffle" will eradicate many of the nuances found within.

Contact: http://www.lesfragmentsdelanuit.com

(article published 26/12/2008)


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