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Robert Sholl and Justin Paterson: Les ombres du Fantôme


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Les ombres du Fantôme presents a captivating exploration of Gaston Leroux’s timeless novel Le Fantôme de l’Opéra (1910) through fourteen evocative improvisations. Recorded in July 2021 using the majestic organs of Coventry and Arundel Cathedrals, accompanied by soprano voice and saxophone/bass clarinet, these improvisations delve deep into the narrative, themes, characters, and events of Leroux’s masterpiece. Employing an inventive musical language and leveraging the unique acoustics of these historic buildings, Les ombres du Fantôme transcends the physical realm, delivering a dynamic spectralism that immerses listeners in a sonic journey enhanced and extended through retrospective electronic augmentations. Each improvisation within this collection acts as a thematic shadow, weaving a meta-narrative of Leroux’s iconic tale. Drawing inspiration from previous works, including an improvisation for a film scene and music composed for a podcast, the album intricately captures the essence of the novel, from the haunting presence of the Phantom to Christine’s desires and fears. Through the interplay of organ, soprano, and woodwinds, the album evokes the supernatural allure and psychological depth of Leroux’s narrative, offering a rich auditory experience that transcends traditional storytelling. The meticulous production process behind Les ombres du Fantôme combines traditional recording techniques with innovative digital manipulation, resulting in a mesmerizing blend of sonic textures and timbral variations. From the haunting echoes of cathedral spaces to the ethereal harmonies of spectral editing, each track resonates with a sense of mystery and intrigue, inviting listeners to immerse themselves in the timeless allure of Leroux’s Phantom of the Opera. Les ombres du Fantôme is more than just an album—it’s a sonic exploration that transcends time and space, offering a captivating reinterpretation of a literary classic.
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Catalogue number MEX77105
Barcode 809730710520
Release date 19/04/2024
Category
Label Divine Art
Format CD
Number of discs 1
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