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2.32 | 6 ratings | 1 reviews | 17% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2009

Songs / Tracks Listing

■ Act One (CD1)
1. Anna Dei Gratia (Pat O'May, Michel Bourcier, Cécile Corbel, Chour de l'Opéra de Gènes) (2:07)
2. Messire le Duc (Ange) (4:35)
3. Ysabeau (Laurent Tixier) (2:39)
4. Duchess Anne (Fairport Convention) (3:53)
5. La Guerre Folle (Fairport Convention) (3:08)
6. Le Lys & l'Hermine (Tri Yann) (4:00)
7. O Ma Fille (Ange) (4:57)
8. Ma Zat (Cécile Corbel) (3:42)
9. Ma Dame (Nilda Fernandez) (4:06)
10. Saint Aubin du Cormier (Laurent Tixier, Pat O'May) (1:46)
11. Je Vous Pleure (Cécile Corbel) (3:54)
12. Le Prince d'Orange (Laurent Tixier) (5:13)
13. La Feste (Laurent Tixier) (2:25)
14. Desire (Les Holroyd from Barclay James Harvest) (4:28)
15. Moi le Maudit (Ange) (4:01)
16. Digenvez (Didier Squiban) (1:58)
17. L'Italie (Tri Yann) (3:58)

■ Act Two (CD2)
1. L'enfant Roy (Budapest Symphony Orchestra) (1:28)
2. Amerigo (Nilda Ferdandez) (4:11)
3. Les Amours Galants (Il Quatuor del Nuovo Mondo) (3:11)
4. Il Maestro (Giorgio Conte) (2:41)
5. The King (Les Holroyd from Barclay James Harvest) (3:44)
6. Tro Breizh (Laurent Tixier) (1:30)
7. Le Pommier d'Or (Alan Simon) (3:19)
8. Le Pommier d'Or - reprise (Le Bagad Anna Vreizh, Pat O'May) (2:13)
9. Marie la Cordelière (Fairport Convention, James Wood) (4:01)
10. Anna Vreizh - intro (Didier Squiban) (2:30)
11. Anna Vreizh (Cécile Corbel) (4:49)
12. In Pace Anna (Pat O'May, Michel Bourcier, Choeur de l'Opéra de Gènes) (2:04)
13. The Soldier (Chris Leslie from Fairport Convention) (2:26)

Line-up / Musicians

■ The Cast
- Anne de Bretagne: Cécile Corbel
- François II: Christian Décamps (Ange)
- Louis XII: Tri Yann (vocals Jean-Louis Jossic)
- Philippe de Montauban: Tri Yann (vocals Jean-Paul Corbineau)
- Ferdinand II d'Aragon: Nilda Fernandez
- Edward IV: Simon Nicol (Fairport Convention)
- The Prince of Orange: Laurent Tixier
- Michel Ange: Alan Simon
- Admiral Howard: James Wood
- Pierre Landais: Didier Squiban
- Alain d'Albret: Pat O'May
- Henry VII: Les Holroyd from Barclay James Harvest
- Leonardo da Vinci: Giorgio Conte
- Charles VIII: Tristan Décamps (Ange)
- The Unknown English Soldier: Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention)

■ The Musicians
- Simon Nicol / acoustic guitar , vocals, chorus
- Alan Simon / low whistle, keyboards, guitar, vocals
- Pat O May / electric guitar
- Basile Leroux / electric guitar
- James Wood / acoustic guitar, bass, vocals, chorus
- Olivier Rousseau / piano
- Didier Squiban / piano
- Michel Bourcier / pipe organrgue of the cathedral of St Pierre of Nantes
- Sylvain Fabre / percussion
- Miguel Henry / lute, renaissance guitar
- Laurent Tixier / hurdy-gurdy, baroque flute, veuze, vocals
- Chris Leslie / violin, vocals
- Alessandro Sacco / violin
- Bob Callero / stick bass
- Marco Canepa / harpsichord, programming
- Gérard Goron (Tri Yann) / drums, percussion, chorus
- Jean Paul Corbineau: (Tri Yann) / vocals, chorus
- Jean Louis Jossic (Tri Yann) / vocals, chorus
- Jean Chocun (Tri Yann) / Irish bouzouki, chorus
- Konan Mevel (Tri Yann) / bagpipes
- Christophe Peloil (Tri Yann) / violin, chorus
- Frederic Bourgeois (Tri Yann) / keyboards, chorus
- Jean Luc Chevalier (Tri Yann) / electric guitar, acoustic guitar
- Tristan Decamps ( Ange) / vocals, chorus
- Christian Decamps ( Ange) / vocals, chorus
- Les Holroyd ( Barclay James Harvest) / vocals, chorus

The Budapest Symphony conducted and orchestrated by Laurent Couson and supervised by Alan Simon.

Le Bagad Anna Vreizh conducted and orchestrated by Christian Méhat.

- Opera de Gênes:
- Roberto Tiranti / Tenor
- Francesco Lambertini / Bass
- Paola Dittaleya / Alto
- Pierra M. Ciuffarella / Soprano

Releases information

Released May 2009 by Babaïka
Original screenplay and direction by Alan Simon
Recorded between August 2007 and February 2009
with the collaboration of James Wood at studio Woodland (Nantes)
and Marco Canepa at Studio Maccaja (Genes)
Mixing at Studio Maccaja by Marco Canepa in collaboration with Alan Simon

Thanks to Kotro for the addition
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Review by SouthSideoftheSky
2 stars Duchess Anne

Alan Simon's Anne de Bretagne is a concept album in the same style as the Simon's ambitious Excalibur trilogy. Like on the Excalibur albums, Simon enlists a large number of artists from the Folk and Rock worlds. This time around the vast majority of these were previously unknown to me. But those that I did know well from before, Les Holroyd from Barclay James Harvest and several members from Fairport Convention, were also involved in the Excalibur project. A couple of the songs from this album also appear on Fairport Convention's own Fame & Glory album that is based entirely on material that they contributed to Alan Simon's Folk Rock Operas.

The vast majority of the songs on this double album are in French, with a few sung in English. This mixing of languages might be distracting for some listeners. The material is not bad, but the album is perhaps too long for its own good. After a while I tend to feel that I'm hearing only more of the same.

Overall, this is a less interesting album than the the Excalibur trilogy (especially Excalibur II & III), at least from a Prog perspective. Still, it is an at least partly enjoyable listen that could appeal to some fans of Celtic Folk Rock and Prog-related Pop Rock.

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