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La Fraternelle - La belle si nous partons

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A pipe band from central France ? First time I've heard of such a thing, but this CD is the proof. Forget La Chavannée, forget the massed concerts at St Chartiers: this group is an actual organised band, with over forty pipers playing parts and harmonies, plus drummers and other accompaniment. The big difference between "La Frat", as they are known, and bands from Scotland or Brittany or even Galicia, is the number of different types of bagpipe in this Central French line-up, Everything from the Auvergne cabrette to the big Bourbon pipes comes into play, giving a range of pitches and dynamics. [...]
So what do they play? A bit of everything: marches, bourrées, mazurkas, a set of Flemish polkas, more bourrées, an air or two, scottishes, and waltzes of course. A lot of this material comes from the Berry region, my old stamping-ground round Vierzon, Bourges and Châteauroux. There are also tunes from the Limousin, Nivernais, Bourbonnais, Auvergne and Morvan regions. Every track is carefully arranged, with some very striking effects and imaginative variations, similar to the Breton bagad tradition. Everything on La Belle si nous Partons is also extremely well rehearsed, not like French pipers at all! Even with such a large number of players, the sound is crisp and clear, and the recording quality is excellent. AEPEM has brought out some unusual CDs this year, but this is probably the most surprising, and the most dramatic. Play it loud! 
© Alex Monaghan

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TitleLa belle si nous partons
Format1 album avec livret 12 pages
Packagingdigifile 2 volets
Duration51'53
Release date2015
LabelAEPEM

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Musicians :
53 musicians directed by Julien Barbances

16 inches - First voice 
Isabelle Blo ; Guénaël Bogaert ; Quentin Bogaert ; Valérie Bosc ; Ghislaine Desmaris ; Giuseppe Di Vincenzo ; Lena Diewald ; Caroline Duquesne ; Alexis Gautier ; Marc Guilloux ; Patrice Heuguebart ; Andréa Hotzko ; Alain Langouët ; Michel Quatredeniers ; Philippe Randonneix ; Hervé Riou ; Jean-Pierre Ruckebusch ; François Saddi ; Rémi Salidi ; Anoesjka Sarolea ; Aline Sauvage ; Anne-Marie Sauvage ; Yasmina Sebaï ; Isabelle Vidal ; Abel Warnier.
16 inches - Second voice
Isabelle Descamps ; Elisabeth Dupraz ; Patrick Garcia ; Catherine Hubert-Ody ; Amandine Lestrade ; Pierre Marcotte ; Jean-Michel Péru ; Stéphanie Rau.
23 inches
Zoé Amstatt ; Pierre Beauguitte ; Philippe Cotton ; Peter De Baets ; Christophe Delpierre ; Yves Desmaris ; Emilie Dulieux ; Thomas Gourdin ; Jacques Lanfranchi ; Franck Lermier ; Frédéric Murroni ; Boris Riou ; Philippe Suzanne ; Lisa Wolf-Barbances.
30 inches
Pierre Goergler ; Luc Vaillant.
Percussion
Julien Barbances ; Cédric Hergault ; Andréa Hotzko ; Claire Thérésin ; Lisa Wolf-Barbances et, pendant toutes les répétitions, Gilles Poutoux.
Arrangements
Julien Barbances.
Musical direction
Julien Barbances et Cédric Hergault.

Playlist :
1) Quand nous marierons nous / Bourrée dite d'Aigueperse. Bourrées à 2 temps. Nivernais / Bourbonnais-Basse Auvergne.
2) Marche à Jabet. Marche, Limousin.
3) Mazurka à Péchadre. Mazurka, Limousin.
4) Plante un chou. Scottish, Auvergne.
5) Polkas de Kortenberg et de Perk. Polkas. Flandres.
6) Le départ du soldat. Mélodie. Berry.
7) Le marchand de moutarde / Bourrée. Bourrées à 2 temps. Berry.
8) La belle si nous partons. Marche. Berry.
9) C'est un plaisir que d'aimer. Rond d'Argenton. Berry.
10) Pendant que le moulin vire / Quand j'étais fille à votre âge. Valses. Berry / Nivernais
11) Marche de mariage. Marche. Berry.
12) Scottish du Tienne de la Barrée. Scottish. Morvan.
13) Passe et medio / Marche à Jabet.

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A pipe band from central France ? First time I've heard of such a thing, but this CD is the proof. Forget La Chavannée, forget the massed concerts at St Chartiers: this group is an actual organised band, with over forty pipers playing parts and harmonies, plus drummers and other accompaniment. The big difference between "La Frat", as they are known, and bands from Scotland or Brittany or even Galicia, is the number of different types of bagpipe in this Central French line-up, Everything from the Auvergne cabrette to the big Bourbon pipes comes into play, giving a range of pitches and dynamics. [...]
So what do they play? A bit of everything: marches, bourrées, mazurkas, a set of Flemish polkas, more bourrées, an air or two, scottishes, and waltzes of course. A lot of this material comes from the Berry region, my old stamping-ground round Vierzon, Bourges and Châteauroux. There are also tunes from the Limousin, Nivernais, Bourbonnais, Auvergne and Morvan regions. Every track is carefully arranged, with some very striking effects and imaginative variations, similar to the Breton bagad tradition. Everything on La Belle si nous Partons is also extremely well rehearsed, not like French pipers at all! Even with such a large number of players, the sound is crisp and clear, and the recording quality is excellent. AEPEM has brought out some unusual CDs this year, but this is probably the most surprising, and the most dramatic. Play it loud! 
© Alex Monaghan

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