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4.09 | 81 ratings | 2 reviews | 28% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2014

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Renoir En Couleur (9:03)
2. Time Is Monet (9:44)
3. Pissarro King (6:27)
4. Degas De La Marine (7:53)
5. Van Gogh 3rd Ear (6:39)
6. Gauguin Dans L'Autre (11:07)
7. Lautrec Too Loose (5:22)
8. Monet Time Duet (9:23)

Total time 65:38

Line-up / Musicians

- Cyrille Verdeaux / grand piano, synths (Kurzweil 2600, Moog Voyager), drum programming (7), sampler (4), composer & arranger

- Steve Hillage / guitar
- Vincent Thomas-Penny / guitars (3,7)
- Tim Blake / XLS synth & Theremin (3,6)
- Chris Kovacks / synthesizer (4,5)
- Remy Tran / synthesizer (4), sounds (7)
- Didier Malherbe / duduk, soprano sax, flute
- Craig Fry / violin
- Linda Cushma / bass, Chapman stick
- Paul Sears / drums, percussion
- Neil Bettencourt / drums (3)
- Don Falcone / tubular bells (3), producer

Releases information

Artwork: Martin Cook

CD Gonzo Multimedia ‎- HST214CD (2014, UK)

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CLEARLIGHT Impressionist Symphony ratings distribution

(81 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(28%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(34%)
Good, but non-essential (28%)
Collectors/fans only (9%)
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Review by Matti
5 stars I originally reviewed this album in the bygone Finnish prog magazine Colossus in 2014, and I wonder why I never happened to write the only collab review right here, until now. CLEARLIGHT is a French, mostly instrumental symph act led by keyboardist and composer Cyrille Verdeaux. The debut album Clearlight Symphony (recorded in 1974, released by Virgin Records) remains as his best known work. The later Clearlight albums seem to be too forgotten, as one can see from the lack of reviews for this latest one.

The inspiration for Impressionist Symphony sparkled already in 2004 at the French Embassy where Verdeaux was giving a solo piano concert. The ambassador described his style as impressionistic. "I love Ravel, Debussy, Chopin and Satie, so I thought this impressionist style was part of the 'French touch' cultural heritage, since most of the impressionist painters were also French." Thus came the idea to compose music to glorify that art movement.

The 64-minute instrumental album features several co-musicians such as guitarist Steve Hillage, synth wiz Tim Blake and saxophonist Didier Malherbe, all members of GONG who appeared also on Clearlight Symphony. Graig Fry adds his violin, and on drums is excellent Paul Sears. In the booklet the eight pieces are accompanied by paintings of e.g. Renoir, Monet, Degas and Van Gogh - such a nice idea!

The music flows brightly and dynamically and indeed it captures the sense of mpressionism, the spur of the moment. Some listeners may find the compositions a bit too ambivalent, but all in al this is a fine, gorgeously produced prog album made with pure passion and dedication. The booklet even contains album covers and brief introductions to the Clearlight discography. This pleasant extra makes me round my 4,5 stars upwards. Where are you, Clearlight fans??

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5 stars I would like an explosion of musical magic, a symphonic masterpiece from 2014. Does that excist somewhere? Yes it does. I have never heard anything from the french symphonic band Clearlight before but now did I listen two times at one time at the band's twentieth studio album "Improssionist Symp ... (read more)

Report this review (#1285611) | Posted by DrömmarenAdrian | Sunday, September 28, 2014 | Review Permanlink

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