Album: The Chorus: (Les Choristes) Original Music from the Motion Picture

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The Chorus: (Les Choristes) Original Music from the Motion Picture

Artist: Bruno Coulais
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Label: Nonesuch

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…

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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

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By getting nominated for Academy Awards in both the Foreign Language Film and Best Song categories, Les Choristes (The Chorus) made a rare (for a European film) double impression at the 2004 Oscars. This sentimental tale follows the arrival of a new teacher at a remote boys school in 1949 France (the war is a largely unspoken but ghostly presence). With disciplinary problems rampant, and the policies of the old-fashioned headmaster not helping, Monsieur Mathieu decides to introduce choral singing as a way to bridge the gap with his students. You don’t need…

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