The album

The album Aria Pirenèus has grown out of the fascination that Michel Fenasse-Amat has for the Pyrenees. By composing music for some of the most beautiful poems written here, be them Basque, Catalan, Spanish, French or Occitan in origin, he is in fact glorifying those different identities, cultures and languages that spring from these beautiful Pyrenean mountains.

The program
catalogne
angleterre
occitan
basque
espagne

The compositions are all original, written by Michel Fenasse-Amat and arranged by Pierre Csillag ; they all have that Pyrenean atmosphere imprinted on them : sardane, jota, fandango or other Occitan or Iberian rhythms… choruses or songs with a nostalgic, joyful or romantic flavour alongside an original arrangement of Hosanna des Pyrenees by Alfred Rolland and 2 songs made with his brother Pascal Fenasse. And so in this way, the music accompanies the poems written by the Felibres Occitans (Occitan writers known as the Felibres) like Basile Cassaignau, Pol de Mounegre and Junior Sans, Catalans such as Miquel Costa i Llobera and  Joan Maragall, the spaniard Antonio Machado, the Basque Jean-Baptiste Elizanburu, the Frenchmen Crevel de Charlemagne, Alphonse de Lamartine and Alfred Rolland as well as a few lyrics by Michel Fenasse-Amat himself.

The artists :
– Michel Fenasse-Amat, autor-compositor-interpreta
– The choirs – orchestral ensemble
– Pierre Csillag, arrangements and musical direction

The whole programme stems right from the heart of Occitania itself. The recording was made in the Abbey of Combelongue in Rimont on the Ariège-side of the Pyrenees and the first public performance made at the Ostal d’ Occitània in Toulouse in October 2015.

David Bergère, ingénieur du son / F.Lab Recording Studio – 32600 Lias
Photos des Pyrénées : Dominique Fournier, photographe à Bagnères-de-Luchon.
Photos de la création à l’Ostal d’Occitània : Jean-Philippe Guiraudie, photographe à Toulouse.
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