French composer Yann Tiersen (born 1970) is one of the most popular and successful film music writers of today. His soulful and melancholic music finds its traces in folk music, French chansons, musette waltzes, street music, but also in the minimalism of Satie, Glass and Nyman.
Dutch pianist, pioneer and champion of Minimalism Jeroen van Veen recorded Tiersen’s most popular melodies, playing the piano in his inimitable way: focussed, serene and hypnotising.
This is an album of gentle melodies and soothing sounds from Yann Tiersen a composer best known outside his native France for the soundtrack to the movie Amélie (2001): the soundtrack sold over 200,000 copies in his homeland, and became Platinum in the US and Germany. Tiersen’s music helped to make the movie a hit, capturing its bittersweet mix of humour and sadness, and many of the best‐known pieces from the soundtrack are included on this new album, such as the Satie‐tinged ‘Waltz of Amélie’, but there is much more recent music here which Tiersen wrote in the wake of the film’s success, including extracts from his soundtracks to Goodbye Lenin (2003) and Tabarly (2008), which tells the tragic story of the French sailor Eric Tabarly, who won the Single‐Handed Transatlantic Yacht Race twice before drowning in the Irish Sea.
Tiersen’s music is often melancholy and reflective, but there are many lighter and more uptempo numbers on this wide-ranging survey of his output, which is sure to share the popular success of Jeroen van Veen’s many other albums for Brilliant Classics such as his Minimalist Piano Collections (BRILL8551 and BRILL9171) and compendiums of Ludovico Einaudi (BRILL94910 and BRILL9452), Simeon ten Holt (BRILL9434 and BRILL9453) and Jacob ter Veldhuis (BRILL94873).
‘The music needs to speak for itself, and that it does, in this consistently enjoyable collection, I have no reservations in recommending to anyone who enjoys minimalism’ (Fanfare).
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LP 1 - 'Pour Amelie'
Side A (19:46) 1. Comptine d'un autre été: l'après midi 2. Comptine d'été No. 2 3. Comptine d'été No. 3 4. Le vieux en veut encore 5. Toujours la 6. Comptine d'été No. 1 7. La piece vide 8. Sur le fil
Side B (18:29) 1. La dispute 2. Les jours heureux 3. La chute 4. L'absente 5. Le retour 6. La valse d'Amélie
LP 2 - 'Goodbye Lenin'
Side A (19:37) 1. Le moulin 2. Le matin 3. La plage 4. Les retrouvailles 5. La jetee 6. Tabarly 7. 8 mmm 8. Point Zero
Side B (20:18) 1. Summer 78 2. Coma 3. Childhood (1) 4. Mother 5. Watching Lara 6. First Rendez-Vous 7. I saw Daddy Today 8. Mother Will Die 9. Father is Late