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La Valse Des Monstres [Import]

Yann TiersenAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Guillaume Yann Tiersen (born 23 June 1970) is a French musician and composer. His music is recognized by its use of a large variety of instruments in relatively minimalist compositions, often with a touch of either European classical music or French folk music, using primarily the piano, accordion or violin together with instruments like the melodica, xylophone, toy piano, ondes martenot, ... Read more in Amazon's Yann Tiersen Store

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  • Audio CD (April 24, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI France
  • ASIN: B00004S6LW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #292,232 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5. Ballendai
6. Comptine D'Ete N17
7. Cleo Au Trapeze
8. La Valse Des Monstres
9. Le Banquet
10. Comptine D'Ete N17
11. Mouvement Introductif
12. La Rue
13. Iwakichi
14. Hanako
15. La Plaisanterie
16. Le Compteur
17. Mouvement Introductif

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely November 2, 2004
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Yann Tiersen's music is lovely and imaginative. I was eager to get this particular album since it wasn't as available as some of his others. La Valse des Monstres is a bit darker or more serious than the Amelie soundtrack--however it does contain two or three songs from Amelie. The songs easily blend into one another vs. the soundtrack from Amelie where each signified a scene.

Sounds a bit odd, but I think this is perfect music for children. I can imagine reading some of Maurice Sendak's books while this was playing in the background. I think that if I were young and heard this album, it would have definitely been a favorite and I'm sure I would have wanted to replicate some of the sounds that I heard. Tiersen's uses a variety of instruments (toy piano adding a lot to this album) and waltzes are often used as backdrops for newer sounds. I saw a review that compared Tiersen to Philip Glass, and I found no resemblance between the two--sure, they're both experimental instrumentalists, but Tiersen's is easy to listen to and contemplative, while I find Glass' work a bit hair-raising and stark (at anyrate, they're very, very different).
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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Yann Tiersen makes movies for the ears. No screen, no projector, just the listener's imagination that he provokes as an old flickering movie or an old sepia snapshot. The technical crew of this talented writer/director/movie maker/artist is made of toy piano, accordion, violin, melodica, bells, banjo, harpsichord... He plays all of them and knows all their little ways, especially the one that will move the audience As a film director Tiersen wouldn't believe in long sequences. His speciality would be little powerful, meaningful scenes about travel, melancholy day dreaming and party. He gives them meaningful titles (la rupture/the break up, L'arrivee sur l'ile/the arrival on the Island, Les jours heureux/Happy days, Sur le fil/On the wire...). Feel free to build up the story behind them, they are yours now. The Landscape that you will come across will evoke central Europe, fields, deep forest, reefs, unspoiled places. "Rue des cascades" (Cascade Street) was recorded in 1996. And in addition to the music, comes the charming , crystal like, voice of Claire Pichet.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars .... November 4, 2002
Format:Audio CD
O.K. I just want to get the fact that I don't usually listen to anything that remotely resembles the music that is contained here. But ever since I saw the movie Amelie for some strange reason I really dug the music. Being the fact that it was Yann Tiersen whom had composed all but two of the songs on the soundtrack I knew that I had to get a hold of some of his previous works. This album is particularly amazing. This guy plays a variety of instruments on his albums. Mainly he employs piano and accordion (I believe.) La Valse des Monstres is dominantly a classical style piano work. I feel a range of emotions in me when I listen to this; anxiety, grief, happiness. I enjoy this album most when drawing, cooking, school work and generally relaxing. When the accordion and the strings bust in I always feel the itch of going to France so that I may experience the land in my own eyes. At least Tiersen's CDs I can always experience the trip with my ears. One of my favorite CDs, hands down.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Le Fabuleux destin d'Yann Tiersen May 26, 2007
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I first became aware of Brest musician Yann Tiersen when he was compared to Penguin Cafe Orchestra, and only later made the connection that he'd also done the "Amelie" soundtrack which I'd remembered liking. However a much better likeness is to compare him to fellow French "naive" musician Pascal Comelade, since both feature toy pianos, simple repeating melodies and minimal production techniques. Both are multi-instrumentalists and essentially one-man bands playing music which could be described as child-like or intentionally naive. Penguin Cafe can be joyfully innocent but I don't think of them as naive. Other comparisons I've heard -- Nino Rota and Erik Satie -- don't hold up either for similar reasons.

Tiersen's variety of instrumentation -- keyboards, accordion, guitar, melodica, violin -- mean his albums don't get too monotonous, despite the rather simplistic origins. There is something quintessentially "French" about Tiersen's music, which if you're in the mood can be delightful.
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