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The Chorus (Les Choristes) Soundtrack

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The Chorus (Les Choristes), written and directed by Christophe Barratier, is already a French cinema phenomenon. The modestly budgeted film about a music teacher in a post-war France who wins over the troubled students at a boarding school arrived in French theatres last summer with little advance hype. Defying industry expectations, this affecting tale proceeded to break box-office records. The soundtrack to The Chorus (Les Choristes) features performers by the Lyon-based Petits Chanteurs de Saint Marc and several haunting solo turns by 13 year-old boy soprano Jean-Baptiste Maunier, who also portrays the youthful protagonist of the film.

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Already a box office sensation with a million-selling soundtrack in its native France, writer/director Christopher Barratier's tale of a post-war music teacher's lasting impact on his young charges rode its formulaic Hollywood roots all the way to Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations as Best Foreign Language Film, as well as an Oscar nod for Best Song ("Look To Your Path [Vois Sur Ton Chemin]," a collaboration between the director and film composer Bruno Coulais). Taking his inspiration from the boy's chorus at the center of the film's drama, Coulais has concocted a masterful, classically rooted score that showcases the crystalline, youthful harmonies of Les Petits Chanteurs de Saint-Marc Choir. The composer bridges the baroque and modern eras in a collection of mostly Latin choruses and chants, a skillful, often haunting fusion that also netted Coulais' compelling score BAFTA and Cesar Awards in Britain and his native France, respectively. -- Jerry McCulley

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Les Choristes
  2. In Memoriam
  3. L'Arrivee a L'Ecole
  4. Pepinot
  5. Vois sur ton Chemin
  6. Les Partitions
  7. Caresse sur L'Ocean
  8. Lueur d'Ete
  9. Cerf-Volant
  10. Sous la Pluie
  11. Compere Guilleri
  12. La Desillusion
  13. La Nuit
  14. L'Incendie
  15. L'Evocation
  16. Les Avions en Papier
  17. Action Reaction
  18. Seuls
  19. Morhange
  20. In Memoriam A Cappella
  21. Nous sommes de Fond de l'Etang


Product Details

  • Performer: Bruno Coulais
  • Audio CD (January 4, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • ASIN: B0002OWY3K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,721 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Timothy Kearney VINE VOICE on January 14, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Until recently, I had never heard of the French film LES CHORISTES. I only became familiar with it when I was driving and heard a report about it on NPR. A film critic considered it a rather bad movie with a bad plot, and mediocre music. Yet the movie is a blockbuster in France, the soundtrack is a bestseller, and it will probably have some success in the United States as well. In the report, they played a few excerpts, and it caught my interest. I purchased it, and can see why it has such appeal.

The soundtrack is a collection of a few themes worked and reworked which is not uncommon for movie soundtracks. The music is simple enough that it would likely enhance the film while not taking way from the action. The instrumental music is enjoyable, but the real gem of the collection are the tracks with the boy chorus and especially the tracks with soloist Jean-Baptiste Maunier. There is a beauty and innocence to the boys' choir voices, which is in sharp contrast to the reality of the young people in the film who happen to be in a reform school. It also seems like the sort of soundtrack that can be enjoyed without seeing the film, and for many of us who will have to wait until it will appear to be a money making film, we will have to settle for the soundtrack only for the time being.

Until I see the film, I cannot say if it is truly an insipid story. Since I love a good sappy film, I will probably enjoy it and am anticipating its release in Boston. Yet I know that many wonderful films that are a joy to watch have rather weak stories, but excellent musical scores make them memorable and moving. Judging from this soundtrack, the music of LES CHORISTES has the potential to make the film memorable.
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Until recently, I had never heard of the French film LES CHORISTES. I only became familiar with it when I was driving and heard a report about it on NPR. A film critic considered it a rather bad movie with a bad plot, and mediocre music. Yet the movie is a blockbuster in France, the soundtrack is a bestseller, and it will probably have some success in the United States as well. In the report, they played a few excerpts, and it caught my interest. I purchased it, and can see why it has such appeal.

The soundtrack is a collection of a few themes worked and reworked which is not uncommon for movie soundtracks. The music is simple enough that it would likely enhance the film while not taking way from the action. The instrumental music is enjoyable, but the real gem of the collection are the tracks with the boy chorus and especially the tracks with soloist Jean-Baptiste Maunier. There is a beauty and innocence to the boys' choir voices, which is in sharp contrast to the reality of the young people in the film who happen to be in a reform school. It also seems like the sort of soundtrack that can be enjoyed without seeing the film, and for many of us who will have to wait until it will appear to be a money making film, we will have to settle for the soundtrack only for the time being.

Until I see the film, I cannot say if it is truly an insipid story. Since I love a good sappy film, I will probably enjoy it and am anticipating its release in Boston. Yet I know that many wonderful films that are a joy to watch have rather weak stories, but excellent musical scores make them memorable and moving. Judging from this soundtrack, the music of LES CHORISTES has the potential to make the film memorable.
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To be frank, I understand no single word of French but then such is the power of music. You don;t need to understand the language to appreciate great music. Having watched the movie already, I can more fully enjoy this CD.

The harmonization of voices of the boy choir is flawless. The sonics are great and each note they utter to perfection. It's angleic and moving, espcially when the solo part sung by the boy, Morhague, absolutely brings the house down. He is talented!

With the usual quirkiness of a French movie, the simple storyline does not mar the fact that the movie is splendid with intimate chemistry amongst the cast.

You'll need to watch the movie and appreciate the music!
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Well, if you haven't watch the movie, do watch it. It has got to be one of the most heart warming films I've ever seen. If you ever get the priviledge of listen to the boys sing, you will know what I am saying. Their voices blend perfectly together with the background music. In fact, they would have sounded as beautiful without the instruments. Their voices are of the purest, each ringing clearly and melding together to form beautiful music.
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The music and the film are both memorable and uplifting. I have seen many movies and many foreign as well as US films. This will be one of the few that will stay with me. It is a must see movie, a cinematographic library classic. I recommend it to anybody and everybody. Families will enjoy it and it is a way to introduce children to beautiful music and all things beautiful. The film celebrates the values of education through music. It is certainly not a sappy story; it is not a story that fits in with the liberal ideological project of brainwashing the youth; so NPR wouldn't like it. Naturally. But everybody, from every nation or creed, left or right, will most likely love this film and it will stay with them as one of the few touching films ever made.
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