French composer Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch has announced her forthcoming second album by releasing the first single from it, Epoques and Bleuets respectively.
A solo piano piece, Bleuets (which, according to Google Translate, is French for Blueberries) is the most gorgeous music I’ve heard this year. It’s four and a half minutes of emotion conveyed through imagination, technique, and passion.
The right hand playing is the canvas upon which her left hand playing tells a story; slightly melancholic and evoking memory but beautiful all the same. As Bleuets reaches its coda Levienaise-Farrouch’s playing becomes more frenetic before suddenly ending, a lone note ringing out.
The writing process for Epoques began back in early spring 2017, when Emilie was invited by The Britten-Pears foundation to spend two weeks alone at a composer’s retreat in Aldeburgh, Suffolk. Staying at the modernist bungalow formerly home to Imogen Holst (Benjamin Britten’s assistant and Gustave Holst’s daughter), these two weeks of exile from London (her home for a decade) entailed an almost complete absence of human interaction; long walks in the Suffolk coastal landscape; and long hours playing through the night on Holst’s little upright piano.
Epoques is released on 130701 on 13th July on vinyl, CD and digital formats.