When the singers reconnect with the orchestra

By Olivier Nuc

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Bernard Lavilliers in rehearsal for his album Métamorphose accompanied by a philharmonic orchestra, on May 24, at the Guillaume Tell studio, in Suresnes (Hauts-de-Seine). Thomas Dorn

For a long time, French artists used symphonic formations, then the practice fell into disuse. Like Bernard Lavilliers and Benjamin Biolay, they are making a comeback thanks to modern arrangers and the help of cutting-edge technology.

Metamorphosis is not the first reinvention of Bernard Lavilliers but it is certainly the most spectacular. On this new album, released last Friday, the French singer revisits his repertoire accompanied by a philharmonic orchestra. The initiative is due to its long-time artistic director, Sylvain Taillet, already responsible for an acoustic escapade in 2014. “France Inter had organized a concert with the Radio France orchestra in April 2022. Bernard had performed his album Under a huge sky, some standards from his career and covers by Léo Ferré. I offered to return to this project once his tour was over. My vision was to do something old-fashioned, with the orchestra live. He liked the challenge it represented”, explains Taillet. The Guillaume Tell studio, in Suresnes, therefore hosted the recording of Metamorphosislast spring. “The crazy idea was to record everything live, which requires a lot of preparation and…

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