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Arnaud Bibonne et Camille Raibaud - En Cadència

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Fiddle and pipes from Gascony, glorious earthy music, powerful duets and a few guests: this is a real rough diamond, played with great skill and style but keeping that raw renaissance edge that raises the hairs on your neck. Deep bass strings on the fiddle combine with the low pipe drone to create a rich dark resonance behind these dance tunes and airs. The sound is helped by the low tuning of the violin here, to match old players of the region, and by the low pitch of the boha - Gascon bagpipe - which was effectively recreated in the 1980s. Bibonne and Raibaud claim that this is the first modern recording of the boha, and the first to represent the music of their region, Landes de Gascogne. 
There are certainly some unusual pieces here, starting with the beautiful Valse d'apres Marcel Lagardère, a melody well worth learning. There are also some cousins or loans of music far from Gascony: Polka d'après Julien Déjean is very similar to the well known Tyneside song The Lass Doon on the Quay, for instance, and the first tune in the Suite de Rondeaux also collected from Marcel Lagardère is basically a simple version of the Anglo-American fiddle showpiece The Four Poster Bed. A few familiar central French themes pop up, but most of this material seems to be unique to the Gascon repertoire: rondeaux, mazurkas, scottishes and more. The harmonies and cadences are truly wonderful, making even the simplest tune a treat. This is a delightful CD, one every fan of fiddle and pipes should hear. 
© Alex Monaghan

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Title En Cadència. Musique traditionnelle des Landes de Gascogne à la boha et au violon
Format 1 album
Packaging digilive 2 volets
Duration 62'14
Release date 2015
Label AEPEM

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Musicians :
Arnaud Bibonne (boha, bohassa)
Camille Raibaud (violins)
Guests : 
Yves Pouységur (bohassa)
Didier Oliver (violin)
Simon Guillaumin (hurdy gurdy)

Playlist :
1 Waltz d'après Marcel Lagardère
2 Rondeau d'après Marcel Lagardère
3 Suite de scottishs d'après Marcel Lagardère
4 Polka d'après Julien Dejean et Fernand Tarrit
5 Rondeau d'après Gabriel Mouras
6 Suite de congos d'après Marcel Lagardère
7 Suite de congos de René Cabanac, d'après Lothaire Mabru
8 Courante, d'après Julien Déjean
9 Suite de trois rondeaux d'après Marcel Lagardère
10 Polka d'après Lothaire Mabru
11 Scottish d'après Louis Pontens
12 Mazurka d'après Lothaire Mabru
13 Suite de rondeaux d'après Lothaire Mabru
14 Waltz d'après Marcel Lagardère
15 Scottish double d'après Henri Dauba
16 Suite de rondeaux d'après Lothaire Mabru
17 Polka Piquée d'après Lothaire Mabru
18 Rondeau d'après Fernand Tarrit
19 Rondeau d'après Marcel Lagardère
20 Mazurka d'après Alexis Capes, Fernand Tarrit, Gaston Mouches
21 Suite de congos d'après Gabriel Mouras
22 Suite de rondeaux d'après des partitions d'André Trignac
23 Mazurka d'après Marcel Lagardère
24 Rondeau d'après Marcel Lagardère
25 Suite de rondeaux
26 Rondeaux d'après Fernand Tarrit
27 Varsovienne et ronde « au barricot du novi » d'après Abel Descat, Jeanty Benquet

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Arnaud Bibonne et Camille Raibaud - En Cadència

Arnaud Bibonne et Camille Raibaud - En Cadència

Fiddle and pipes from Gascony, glorious earthy music, powerful duets and a few guests: this is a real rough diamond, played with great skill and style but keeping that raw renaissance edge that raises the hairs on your neck. Deep bass strings on the fiddle combine with the low pipe drone to create a rich dark resonance behind these dance tunes and airs. The sound is helped by the low tuning of the violin here, to match old players of the region, and by the low pitch of the boha - Gascon bagpipe - which was effectively recreated in the 1980s. Bibonne and Raibaud claim that this is the first modern recording of the boha, and the first to represent the music of their region, Landes de Gascogne. 
There are certainly some unusual pieces here, starting with the beautiful Valse d'apres Marcel Lagardère, a melody well worth learning. There are also some cousins or loans of music far from Gascony: Polka d'après Julien Déjean is very similar to the well known Tyneside song The Lass Doon on the Quay, for instance, and the first tune in the Suite de Rondeaux also collected from Marcel Lagardère is basically a simple version of the Anglo-American fiddle showpiece The Four Poster Bed. A few familiar central French themes pop up, but most of this material seems to be unique to the Gascon repertoire: rondeaux, mazurkas, scottishes and more. The harmonies and cadences are truly wonderful, making even the simplest tune a treat. This is a delightful CD, one every fan of fiddle and pipes should hear. 
© Alex Monaghan