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“Symphonie pour la vie” (A Symphony for Life) – Stream and Preorder

“Solitary but solidary”

Today we’re in for a surprise treat! An illustrous team of artists joins forces for the “Symphonie pour la vie“, a charity album benefitting the Fondation Hôpitaux de Paris – Hôpitaux de France.

You can stream the album already! The regular release is on 12th of June 2020. Here is where to stream and preorder! [x]

(Just a side note: You can easily order from Amazon France if you live in Germany for example, simply using your regular Amazon account.)

Mr Jaroussky is contributing two pieces to this enjoyable compilation: “Les berceaux” (The cradles) from Gabriel’s Fauré’s “3 Mélodies” with the marvellous Bertrand Chamayou on the piano, and – partnering up with Alexandre Tharaud as a deluxe accompanist – Claude Debussy’s “Beau soir”.

You can find the full track list as well as the rest of the booklet here: [x]

Here is even more info on the project: [x]

Contributing artists: Lise Berthaud, Hugues Borsarello, Frank Braley, Gautier Capuçon, Yvan Cassar, Bertrand Chamayou, Nicolas Dautricourt, Karine Deshayes, Natalie Dessay Thomas Enhco, Laure Favre Kahn, Delphine Haidan, Philippe Jaroussky, Mathieu Martin, Edgar Moreau, David Moreau, Rhiannon Mothersele, Neima Nouari, Tom Nouari, Laurent Naouri, Nemanja Radulović, Dimitri Saroglou, Alexandre Tharaud

Here is the trailer!

Image credit: Cover art for the “Symphonie pour la vie” by Jean Plantureux (Plantu)

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I am wishing you all a tranquil Good Friday!

For devout Catholics, Lent is a serious affair. Most people don’t fast for 40 days in a literal sense, but you are encouraged to kick bad habits, and even cut back on activities you enjoy for a while. Abstinence helps us to achieve greater clarity and to set priorities, sometimes painfully realizing what we were taking for granted and only notice once it’s gone.

So this year, we were all celebrating Lent together. We are forced to realize that life is precious, fragile, and fleeting, that health is a blessing and friends are important. Art is indispensable. It delves deep into our common history, tradition and our subconscious; it sublimates every emotion humans are capable of, and thus comes to our aid and comfort when words fail.

I am wishing you all a tranquil Good Friday!

*L/Friederike

Eia, mater
Vivaldi, Stabat Mater
Philippe Jaroussky, Ensemble Artaserse


Eia, mater, fons amoris,
Me sentire vim doloris
Fac, ut tecum lugeam.

Alas, Mother, fount of love,
make me to feel the force of your pain,
that I may weep with thee.

Translation after: [x]

Picture credit: William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905) – Pieta (1876), wikimedia commons