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3.72 | 81 ratings | 2 reviews | 36% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2015

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Sarpant Nij (7:04)
2. Seven (8:09)
3. Imram (6:16)
4. An Touriou II (5:36)
5. Harp (5:50)
6. La Voie Du Milieu (10:16)
7. Kemmañ (14:38)
8. Autre Lettre À Louis Mignon (4:43)

Total Time 62:32

Line-up / Musicians

- Claude Mignon / composer, arrangements, electric, lap steel & acoustic guitars, piano, synths
- Gérard Le Dortz / lyrics & novel writer

- Astrid Aubron / vocals
- Farid Aït Siameur / vocals
- Bleunwenn Mével / vocals
- Stefanie Théobald / vocals
- Doro.t / vocals
- Conservatoire de Brest choir / chorus vocals
- Cécile Le Métaye / choir leader
- Olivier Salmon / electric & acoustic guitars
- Ronan Hilaireau / piano
- Régis Huiban / accordion
- Bernard Le Dréau / tenor saxophone, clarinet
- Ewan Le Gallic / Scottish bagpipes
- Loïc Bléjan / Uillean pipes
- Bro An Aberioù / pipe band led by Goulwen Bono
- Gwenaël Mével / whistles, bombard
- Gwendal Mével / concert flute
- Michel Hoffmann / oboe
- Philippe Durand / horn
- Cyrille Bonneau / duduk
- Sébastien Charlier / harmonica
- Shane Lestideau / violin
- Jonathan Dour / violin
- François Pernel / Celtic harp
- Marcel Aubré / ehru
- Mihai Trestian / cimbalom
- Olivier Carole / basses
- Thierry Runarvot / double bass
- Gurvan Mével / drums, percussion

Note : The actual instrumentation could not be fully confirmed at this moment

Releases information

With a book, consisting of the first part of the novel "La barque ailée et l'Albatros", plus a CD

Artwork: Gérard Le Dortz

CD Seven Reizh Editions ‎- 0003fr (2015, France)

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SEVEN REIZH La Barque Ailée ratings distribution

(81 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(36%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(23%)
Good, but non-essential (31%)
Collectors/fans only (8%)
Poor. Only for completionists (3%)

SEVEN REIZH La Barque Ailée reviews

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Review by kenethlevine
3 stars As usual the duo of Claude Mignon and G'rard Le Dortz have surrounded themselves with a gaggle of talented vocalists and instrumentalists towards the realization of another sympho-celtic concept piece, this one dedicated to one of Breton Jean-Marie Le Bris' early flying machines. Added to the Breton and Berber lyrics we now have - gasp! - English - on a few of the tracks.

As before, nobody is quite in the league of SEVEN REIZH in its field. While Celtic extravaganzas are nothing new, most have sunk under their own flabby pretensions or, while well meaning, simply don't include enough compelling music to sweep this listener away. That is sadly the case on "An touriou II" and "Harp" here, which sidle up a little too comfortably to contemporary pop. Luckily the lengthier pieces still ignite often enough to justify comparisons to prior works and to quality prog in general, like the best of MIKE OLDFIELD's Celtic inspired output, particularly in the climax of "La voie de milieu". The piano solo that closes the disk is so nuanced and deliberate that it ends up unwittingly exposing the primary weakness of this incarnation of SEVEN REIZH: it doesn't mark any appreciable breakthrough in style or substance, nor do Mignon and Le Dortz vary the atmosphere across widely divergent concepts. I have been allowing this audition to bleed into their prior works and find them largely interchangeable, admittedly at a high level, but with "La Barque Ailee" perhaps not quite attaining the peaks of "Strinkadenn.." or "Samsara".

The sequel called "Albatross" was due in 2016 but the website is mum on the subject so I guess we will just have to wait. Perhaps SEVEN REIZH are also waiting for a new injection of inspiration. In the meantime, I would recommend working chronologically through the discography, and, if you already have and enjoyed what you have heard, by all means pick this one up. It just might not be as exhilarating as that first flight. 3.5 stars rounded down.

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5 stars Seven Reizh's third and most ambitious album to date, La Barque Ailée (The Winged Barque) and its yet-unreleased sequel, L'albatros (due 2016), are concept albums inspired by Breton sailor and flight pioneer Jean-Marie Le Bris and are named after two of his flying machines. As usual, composer C ... (read more)

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