05/02/2007

Rachel's - Music for Egon Schiele (1996)

«Music for Egon Schiele is the soundtrack to a piece of dance and theater [originally put on in Chicago by the Itinerant Theater Guild] that was based on the life of this controversial Viennese painter. Rachel Grimes composed the music and performed it with two string musicians during the run of the performance. So don't expect the full experimental sound of Handwriting [Rachel’s debut album, which featured 16 musicians including the bands Shellac, Coctails, Rodan, Hula Hoop, and members of two symphony orchestras], this is modern 'chamber' music in its naked essence [only Rachel on piano, Christian Frederickson on viola, and Wendy Doyle on cello]. The songs on Music... try to give musical shape to the life and work of Egon Schiele, the untimely deceased painter from Vienna who linked Gustav Klimt's Jugendstil to Oskar Kokoschka's expressionism around the turn of the century. […] It's remarkable how well the combination of Rachel's music with Schiele's paintings works. This is melancholic yes, but still there's a lot of action in this music as well as there was in Schiele's paintings and life. I don't think there's another 'band' that has managed to describe a painter's work that well in musical terms. Yet another true masterpiece by Rachel's!» (Ultra e-zine)

«Difficile de comprendre en quoi Rachel's peut-être considéré comme un groupe de rock (au sens large du terme) et pourquoi il est considéré comme tel : piano et ensemble de cordes, les instruments de prédilection de cet ensemble portant le nom de la pianiste n'offrent pas de réponses, ni d'ailleurs leurs compositions délicates et sensibles, plus enclines au songe nocturne qu'à la débauche noctambule. Pourtant Rachel's fait du (post)rock. Peut être est-ce ce coté informel, ce refus de l'élitisme, qui offre aux Rachel's cette place privilégiée de passerelle entre deux mondes antagonistes. Quoi qu'il en soit, on ne les remerciera jamais assez pour nous avoir offert de si merveilleux albums. Sur Music for Egon Schiele, le groupe est en formation réduite (piano, violon et violoncelle) et joue l'accompagnement d'une pièce de danse ayant pour thème Egon Schiele, peintre autrichien du début du 20eme siècle, au parcours aussi fulgurant que tragique, et qui a visiblement si bien inspiré les Rachel's que cet accompagnement, non seulement, se soustrait fort bien de l'ensemble mais offre en plus une cohérence non négligeable, avec un thème récurrent lacrymal et magnifique. Bref, un grand album.» (Silence)

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