Yann Tiersen C'était ici

C'était ici

Yann Tiersen

Released on April 17, 2006 by Parlophone France

Main artist: Yann Tiersen

Genre: Pop/Rock > Pop

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The double-disc set C'Était Ici presents Yann Tiersen live in concert, performing highlights from his five studio albums and his score for the French film Amélie, the work for which he may be most widely known. While "La Valse d'Amélie" and "L'Autre Valse d'Amélie" sound just as sparkling and magical here as they did in the movie and on its soundtrack, and songs such as "C'Était Ici" and "Rue des Cascades" follow suit, the album gives equal time to the other sides of Tiersen's music. The pieces with vocals are particularly striking, especially "La Rupture," a winding epic that is as eerie as it is beautiful. The mellow, romantic "La Terrasse," meanwhile, highlights the undercurrents of French pop and rock that influence his work. Hints of French folk can be heard on tracks like "Déjà Loin" and the modern-day gypsy fiddling of "Sur le Fil," emphasizing the fact that while Tiersen blends elements of classical, pop, rock, and folk into his music, all of it is quintessentially French. The live format especially suits some of his more energetic songs, such as "Le Jour d'Avant" and "Le Banquet," both of which feature explosive, rock-oriented drumming. Then again, the beautifully intimate renditions of Serge Gainsbourg's "La Noyée" and Tiersen's own "Le Moulin" are just as powerful in a quiet way. The second disc digs deeper into Tiersen's discography, offering more of his longer, more involved compositions such as the swooning "Bagatelle," a collaboration with Dominique Ané, and the 12-minute "Fevrier," which conjures images of the grayest, longest-seeming month with ticking percussion and jittery, atonal pianos, guitars, and brass. Other highlights include the dreamy "Le Méridien" and "La Parade," which feature appropriately somnolent vocals from Lisa Germano, another of Tiersen's frequent collaborators, and the gorgeous "Monochrome," a paradoxically vivid description of day-to-day tedium sung by Ané. C'Était Ici functions almost like a greatest-hits collection of Tiersen's work: a welcome reminder for fans of his diverse talent, and an introduction to the rest of his work for those charmed by Amélie. While most two-hour live albums don't necessarily make a good introduction to an artist's work, C'Était Ici is a very happy exception to that rule. ~ Heather Phares
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Album : 2 disks - 29 tracks Total length : 01:48:52

    DISC 1
  1. 1 Intro (Ensemble orchestral Synaxis)

    Yann Tiersen, Composer, Featured Vocalist, Writer, MainArtist Copyright : 2006 Parlophone Music, une division de Parlophone Music France 2002 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

  2. 2 La valse d'Amélie (Version orchestre [Live])

    Yann Tiersen, Composer, Writer, MainArtist Copyright : 2006 Parlophone Music, une division de Parlophone Music France 2002 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

  3. 3 C'était ici (Live)

    Yann Tiersen, Composer, Writer, MainArtist Copyright : 2006 Parlophone Music, une division de Parlophone Music France 2002 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

  4. 4 Rue des cascades (Live)

    Yann Tiersen, Composer, Featured Vocalist, Writer - Claire Pichet, MainArtist Copyright : 2006 Parlophone Music, une division de Parlophone Music France 2002 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

  5. 5 La rupture (Live)

    Yann Tiersen, Composer, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Christian Quermalet, Arranger - Christine Ott, Arranger - Claire Pichet, Vocals, MainArtist Copyright : 2006 Parlophone Music, une division de Parlophone Music France 2002 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

  6. 6 La Terrasse (Live)

    Yann Tiersen, Composer, Writer, MainArtist - Christian Quermalet, Arranger - Marc Sens, Arranger Copyright : 2006 Parlophone Music, une division de Parlophone Music France 2002 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

  7. 7 Déjà loin (Live)

    Yann Tiersen, Composer, Writer, MainArtist Copyright : 2006 Parlophone Music, une division de Parlophone Music France 2002 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

  8. 8 Sur le fil (Live)

    Yann Tiersen, Composer, Writer, MainArtist Copyright : 2006 Parlophone Music, une division de Parlophone Music France 2002 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

  9. 9 Le Jour d'avant (Live)

    Yann Tiersen, Composer, MainArtist - Les Têtes raides, Composer Copyright : 2006 Parlophone Music, une division de Parlophone Music France 2002 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

  10. 10 Le Banquet (Live)

    Yann Tiersen, Composer, Writer, MainArtist Copyright : 2006 Parlophone Music, une division de Parlophone Music France 2002 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

  11. 11 Les jours tristes (Live)

    Neil Hannon, Writer - Yann Tiersen, Composer, Featured Vocalist - Christian Quermalet, MainArtist Copyright : 2006 Parlophone Music, une division de Parlophone Music France 2002 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

  12. 12 La Noyée (Live)

    Serge Gainsbourg, Composer, Writer - Yann Tiersen, Composer, Writer, MainArtist Copyright : 2006 Parlophone Music, une division de Parlophone Music France 2002 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

  13. 13 Le Moulin (Live)

    Yann Tiersen, Composer, Writer, MainArtist Copyright : 2006 Parlophone Music, une division de Parlophone Music France 2002 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

  14. 14 Le Fromveur (Live)

    Yann Tiersen, Composer, Writer, MainArtist - Roman Le Bars, Arranger Copyright : 2006 Parlophone Music, une division de Parlophone Music France 2002 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

  15. 15 L'Homme aux bras ballants (Live)

    Yann Tiersen, Composer, Writer, MainArtist - Roman Le Bars, Arranger Copyright : 2006 Parlophone Music, une division de Parlophone Music France 2002 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

  16. 16 L'Autre valse d'Amélie (Live)

    Yann Tiersen, Composer, Writer, MainArtist Copyright : 2006 Parlophone Music, une division de Parlophone Music France 2002 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

  17. DISC 2
  18. 1 Bagatelle (Live)

    Yann Tiersen, Composer, MainArtist - Dominique Ané, Writer - Sacha Toorop, Arranger - DOMINIQUE A., Arranger - Marc Sens, Arranger Copyright : 2006 Parlophone Music, une division de Parlophone Music France 2002 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

  19. 2 Le méridien (Live)

    Yann Tiersen, Composer, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Lisa Germano, Vocals, MainArtist - Marc Sens, Arranger Copyright : 2006 Parlophone Music, une division de Parlophone Music France 2002 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

  20. 3 L'Absente (Live)

    Instrumental, Lead Vocals - Yann Tiersen, Composer, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist Copyright : 2006 Parlophone Music, une division de Parlophone Music France 2002 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

  21. 4 La parade (Live)

    Yann Tiersen, Composer, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Lisa Germano, Vocals, MainArtist - Claire Pichet, Vocals, MainArtist Copyright : 2006 Parlophone Music, une division de Parlophone Music France 2002 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

  22. 5 La noyée 2 (Live)

    Yann Tiersen, Composer, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Têtes Raides, Vocals, MainArtist Copyright : 2006 Parlophone Music, une division de Parlophone Music France 2002 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

  23. 6 Monochrome (Live)

    Yann Tiersen, Composer, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Dominique a, Vocals, MainArtist Copyright : 2006 Parlophone Music, une division de Parlophone Music France 2002 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

  24. 7 Plus au sud (Live)

    Yann Tiersen, Composer, Writer, MainArtist - Christine Ott, Arranger Copyright : 2006 Parlophone Music, une division de Parlophone Music France 2002 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

  25. 8 Les bras de mer (Live)

    Yann Tiersen, Arranger, Vocals, MainArtist - Dominique Ané, Composer, Writer - Dominique a, Vocals, MainArtist - Christine Ott, Arranger - Marc Sens, Arranger Copyright : 2006 Parlophone Music, une division de Parlophone Music France 2002 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

  26. 9 Comptine d'un autre été l'après midi (Live)

    Yann Tiersen, Composer, Writer, MainArtist Copyright : 2006 Parlophone Music, une division de Parlophone Music France 2002 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

  27. 10 Le quartier (Live)

    Yann Tiersen, Composer, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Christian Quermalet, Arranger, Vocals, MainArtist Copyright : 2006 Parlophone Music, une division de Parlophone Music France 2002 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

  28. 11 La Crise (Live)

    Yann Tiersen, Composer, Writer, MainArtist - Christine Ott, Arranger Copyright : 2006 Parlophone Music, une division de Parlophone Music France 2002 Ici D'Ailleurs Under Exclusive Licence to Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

  29. 12 Février (Live)

    Yann Tiersen, Composer, MainArtist - Christian Quermalet, Composer - Christine Ott, Composer - Marc Sens, Composer - Grégoire Simon, Composer - JF Assy, Composer Copyright : 2006 Parlophone Music, une division de Parlophone Music France 2002 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

  30. 13 La Valse des monstres (Live)

    Yann Tiersen, Composer, Writer, MainArtist Copyright : 2006 Parlophone Music, une division de Parlophone Music France 2002 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company

  • Album description
  • The double-disc set C'Était Ici presents Yann Tiersen live in concert, performing highlights from his five studio albums and his score for the French film Amélie, the work for which he may be most widely known. While "La Valse d'Amélie" and "L'Autre Valse d'Amélie" sound just as sparkling and magical here as they did in the movie and on its soundtrack, and songs such as "C'Était Ici" and "Rue des Cascades" follow suit, the album gives equal time to the other sides of Tiersen's music. The pieces with vocals are particularly striking, especially "La Rupture," a winding epic that is as eerie as it is beautiful. The mellow, romantic "La Terrasse," meanwhile, highlights the undercurrents of French pop and rock that influence his work. Hints of French folk can be heard on tracks like "Déjà Loin" and the modern-day gypsy fiddling of "Sur le Fil," emphasizing the fact that while Tiersen blends elements of classical, pop, rock, and folk into his music, all of it is quintessentially French. The live format especially suits some of his more energetic songs, such as "Le Jour d'Avant" and "Le Banquet," both of which feature explosive, rock-oriented drumming. Then again, the beautifully intimate renditions of Serge Gainsbourg's "La Noyée" and Tiersen's own "Le Moulin" are just as powerful in a quiet way. The second disc digs deeper into Tiersen's discography, offering more of his longer, more involved compositions such as the swooning "Bagatelle," a collaboration with Dominique Ané, and the 12-minute "Fevrier," which conjures images of the grayest, longest-seeming month with ticking percussion and jittery, atonal pianos, guitars, and brass. Other highlights include the dreamy "Le Méridien" and "La Parade," which feature appropriately somnolent vocals from Lisa Germano, another of Tiersen's frequent collaborators, and the gorgeous "Monochrome," a paradoxically vivid description of day-to-day tedium sung by Ané. C'Était Ici functions almost like a greatest-hits collection of Tiersen's work: a welcome reminder for fans of his diverse talent, and an introduction to the rest of his work for those charmed by Amélie. While most two-hour live albums don't necessarily make a good introduction to an artist's work, C'Était Ici is a very happy exception to that rule. ~ Heather Phares

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