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Tuesday, January 17, 2006

CD REVIEW - Gabriel Yared Film Music Vol.6 - Music for Comedy
Cinefonia Records CFY-006 (France)
30 Tracks 64:14 mins

The latest release in this series brings together two comedies, 1990's Tatie Danielle and 1983's La Scarlatine. The former takes up the first 16 tracks on the album and is a theme and variations score, which starts off with the theme, presented in waltz time, with a somewhat offbeat vocal by Catherine Ringer, who also wrote the lyrics. Ringer appears again a couple more times in shorter variations. The tracks that follow are quite delightful variations on the main theme, with Pierre Gossez and Eric Lamberger featuring strongly on saxophone and clarinets, giving much of the score a jazz/blues quality.
La Scarlatine features two principal themes, the "Alexandria" theme, which is first presented in Generique debut as an easy jazz band number and receives further jazz-tinged variations, plus an easy-going electronic variation in Roger Gaite, and a straight waltz-time piano performance by the composer in Photo.
The love theme Nicole et Jacques is a more classical piece for piano and cello quartet, which reaches quite passionate heights, and again receives further variations throughout. There is also a nice source track, La Casse, for jazz trio.
As usual, Gabriel Yared guides us through his scores in his notes for the accompanying booklet, and tells me the exciting news that two more releases in the series are expected to be released soon. In the meantime, visit, or Gabriel's own site at for further information on these releases and the composer in general.


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