Aux solitudes
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Jean-Philippe Goude
Aux solitudes - Livret CD
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Aux solitudes
(To solitudes)
IDA047  -  (2008)

Performed by l'Ensemble

Herve Cavelier  violin (6, 9, 11, 13)
Miwa Rosso  cello (6, 9, 13)

Catherine Delaunay  clarinet
Gilbert Audin  bassoon
Eric Ferrand-N’kaoua  piano

strings quintet
Sebastien Surel  1er violin
Jean-Marc Phillips  2ème violin
Michel Michalakakos  viola
Cyrille Lacrouts  cello
Philippe Noharet  doublebass

Paul Meyer  clarinet (10)
Bruno Fontaine  piano (12, 15)

Christine Ott  onde Martenot
Alain Ranval  mandolin

Paulin Bündgen  counter-tenor
Isaure Équilbey  soprano
Laurence Masliah  voice
Jean-Philippe Goude  voice, conducting, synthesizer

Musics et lyrics  Jean-Philippe Goude

Production  Pour l’Instant
Recordings / Studios Ferber: Philippe Laffont
Assistant: Laurent Binder
Mixes / Studios Ramses2: Pierre-Yves Roupin
Paintings: Susanne Hay
Translation: Pamela Mc-Clure

All my gratitude to Claude Guinard,  Stephane Gregoire, the musicians of l’Ensemble and Birgit Röder.

©2008   Pour l’Instant    Ici, d'ailleurs...
All rights strictly reserved.

Aux Solitudes is certainly a play on words on Purcell (O solitude), but this album of classic instrumental and post-rock returns to a serious theme, that is an essential, and which does not consist of a consensual complaint on the planet’s degradation but instead, of an evocation of a major challenge. The announcement of the death of God has turned us into orphans. It’s up to us to fully pay the consequences.

Intertwinning of styles, borrowing from the past and prospective sounds characterize this new album in the color black, twinkling (like the vibrations of a painting by Pierre Soulages), whose lyricism is paradoxical for hope spurts forth on a base of desolation. Mixing the acoustic sources and electronics, with a shivering lightness and a frenetic pulsing, Jean-Philippe Goude invents this great music which abolishes frontiers. This music is to be listened to and looked at.

The singularity of  l’Ensemble Jean-Philippe Goude is a magical union where a quintet of strings, piano, Martenon wave, mandolin, woodwinds and some heavenly voices, composing a cinematic universe like a film that projects dreams, doubts, nighttime moods, and the perspective of a path which is ours to draw. Here is a majestic work, profound in which it is impossible to lose oneself. It speaks as much to the fans of baroque music as to those souls moved by the minimalism of Moondog and Phil Glass, and to those who are touched by the fantasies of Erik Satie; as to those who are the most ardent admirers of Arvo Pärt’s diatonic music. For anyone turned on by Gabriel Fauré or definitely seduced by the elegies of Robert Wyatt, Aux Solitudes is an album of contrasts which goes beyond its predecessors.

As for the text recited by Laurence Masliah and Jean-Philippe Goude, sung by Isaure Equilbey and Paulin Bundgen, our young boy of 11 years of age has just inscribed a capital work in the marble of music on the move.This is one of the works that one will listen to with the sole purpose and the sole pleasure of traversing life (without the help of the afficionados of Lully and Sufjan Stenvens) while envisioning one’s present and future on a sensitive mood. Sensitive, Jean-Philippe Goude is assuredly, like a string which would be pulled by a wounded heart and the smile of an eternal child who doesn’t know that life dies.

Guy Darol
translated by Céline Barré

februar 2008

Prolégomènes I 
(Preamble I)
synthesizer. 1'12"  


Market Diktat song
quintet. 4'00"  


Embarqués dans les pentes 
(Whisked downhill)
counter-tenor, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, french horns, trumpets, trombones, glockenspiel, tubular bells, strings quintet, piano, synthesizer. 3'48"  


l'Homme dévasté  
(Devastated man)

bassoon, strings quintet, onde Martenot, 2 narrators. 6'42"  


Prolégomènes II 
(Preamble II)
synthesizer. 1'13"  


No hay camino, hay que caminar 
(There’s no one way, you’ve got to make your way)
clarinet, bassoon, violin, cello, doublebass, piano, harmonium, 2 narrators. 6'33"  


A nos rêves évanouis
(To the faded dreams)
counter-tenor, strings quartet, piano. 4'20" 


Prolégomènes III 
(Preamble III)
synthesizer. 1''21"  


clarinet, bassoon, violin, cello, doublebass, piano, synthesizer. 4'16"  


Là où les mots nous laissent
(Where words abandon us)
clarinet, piano. 3'50"  


Fermer les yeux pour voir
(Close your eyes to see)
counter-tenor, 2 mandolins, 2 violins, piano, onde Martenot. 4'36"  


De la consumation
(About consumation)
synthesizer. 2'41"  

Madeleine auf dem Weg 
(Madeleine on the way)
clarinet, bassoon, violin, cello, doublebass, piano, synthesizer. 3'17"  

Le diverti se ment 
(The one who lies himself / The entertainement)
strings quintet. 2'59"  

Aux solitudes 
(To solitudes)
soprano, strings quintet, piano, onde Martenot, vibraphone, harmonium, synthesizer. 7'56"