Cyrille Aufort is a composer I have followed for several years, his melodic and shimmering thematic music literally drapes and engulfs each project he is involved with. His ability to support and embellish every scenario occurring on screen is at times unbelievable, his music is varied and powerful, whether it be dramatic, submissive, delicate or apprehensive. Recently Movie Score Media have released his score for NEPAL-BEYOND THE CLOUDS. This work is no exception the normal high standard and wonderfully rich and highly emotive music that we expect now from this talented and gifted Maestro. The score is an atmospheric one, with the composer creating the many moods and atmospheres that a production of this nature requires. I am personally impressed with the composers use of violin and also cello that he supports with various string instruments and at times enhances these with piano and a scattering of light and glittering percussive elements and ethnic instruments.
This is a score that will not only haunt but please the listener, it contains simple themes, but these are so emotive and poignant that they make a lasting impression upon one. Some of the cues begin with no real hint of anything that is lush or thematic but as if from nowhere a beautiful musical passage or motif seems to appear and totally mesmerises and charms. Of, course this is film music so there are a few harder or more dramatic sounding cues with the composer again utilising the string section to their full potential in which he creates stirring and at times apprehensive slanted cues. But the sound of emotion or the mood of melancholy and fragility is not too far away in which ever cue that you select to listen to. Piano performances are a delight and the composer’s ample employment of romantic, mysterious and even mischievous little nuances infiltrate the proceedings at regular intervals, the work has a freshness and a musical aura that just never allows the listener to ignore it. The composer does employ interesting percussive elements throughout which again make the listener sit up and take notice, keeping the score vibrant and attractive, one for your collection? Yes of course it is. I make no comparisons with any other score or indeed compare it to the work of any other composer, because this is Aufort at his beguiling and melodic best.
Raj and Shiva
Beyond the Clouds
The Lost Valley
9000 Dead, 23000 Injured
Cello Solo No. 4 (Franck Bernede)
To Each His Own
Cello Solo No. 2 (Franck Bernede)
How to Live Well
Beyond the Clouds Epilogue