Après un premier disque Schmelzer salué avec enthousiasme par la critique (Editor's Choice de Gramophone, Choc de Classica), l'ensemble Masques dirigé par Olivier Fortin revient chez Alpha dans un programme alliant des oeuvres de Muffat, Kerll ou encore Pachelbel avec celles d'un compositeur resté totalement inconnu, Romanus Weichlein (1652-1706). Moine bénédictin, préfet et compositeur attitré de l'abbaye de bénédictines de Säben, Romanus Weichlein laissa plusieurs collections de sonates et de messes mais aussi de grandes chaconnes; autant de pages magnifiques qui s'inscrivent dans la tradition de ses compatriotes Biber, Johann Heinrich Schmelzer, Pavel Josef Vejvanovsky et Georg Muffat.
Roland Wolf wants to write a book about a TV game-show host, the hail-fellow-well-met Christian Legagneur, who invites Wolf to his country estate, promising several days of lengthy interviews. But Legagneur's laughter and easy intimacy are empty of content for a book, and he's constantly dashing off, promising Wolf more time later. Wolf seems to have his own mask: he's brought a gun with him, and he's curious about a woman who was a recent guest at the estate. There's also Legagneur's godchild, Catherine, recovering from mental illness, and hovered over by Legagneur and his secretary. As Wolf digs through desks, he discovers a murderous plot.
For the fourth and penultimate volume of his Fauré series, Eric Le Sage has been joined by Alexandre Tharaud, Emmanuel Pahud, and François Salque, long-standing accomplices, in order to record these pieces for four hands. Recipient of numerous prizes both in France and abroad, this complete Fauré series is already asserting itself as a reference for the interpretation of Gabriel Fauré’s chamber music with piano.
Without the drumming of Phil Collins, who does appear on some of Brand X's albums, Masques still maintains a snug, jazzy-prog milieu and comes off clean and tight. Each song has a different beat, speed, and tempo with a satisfying assortment of keyboards and percussion instruments to keep the entire album afloat…
Roland Wolf (Robin Renucci) poses as a reporter to interview a popular television personality (Philippe Noiret) he believes is responsible for the disappearance of his sister. The struggling actress had taken a job as a companion to the star's sickly ward Catherine (Anne Brochet). Roland discovers Catherine is being drugged by her benefactor who has stolen her inheritance and possibly committed murder.