Eric Demarsan is a composer I have followed for a fair few year now; his music is always of a high quality and there is always something that manages to become outstanding within his works for cinema. In my opinion he is an important composer, and on a par with French Maestro’s such as Legrand, Sarde and Jarre. It has always amazed me that there have been times when I have mentioned his name in conversation, and no one had heard of him let alone listened to any of his scores. One of the composers most recent scores is ROMANCE for the French TV series entitled WONDERLAND, the composer provided music for all six episodes. This is a classy set of scores, lyrical, romantic, infectious and mysterious are all words that I think describe this work. Demarsan is masterful at creating delicate and fragile sounding themes and bringing to fruition atmospheric and ingeniously haunting pieces that tantalise and intrigue. The music is no way complex, but instead is rich with melody, filled with inventiveness and oozing with a lavish and luxurious sound. The composer makes effective use of solo piano and underlines this with woods and strings to create this lavish or opulent style, it just seems to purvey a mood that is gracious and melodious.
I love the use of a solitary horn in the opening cue, it sets the scene wonderfully and immediately gains the listeners attention. Track number two L’APPARITON is also a striking piece, it begins in a slightly jaunty manner, with strident but slightly subdued strings, to which he composer adds wistful sounding woodwind and solo piano, before introducing the string section via a subtle percussion rumble, with the strings then taking on the core thematic part of the composition until the tracks conclusion. All I can say about this release is that it is an essential purchase, it is a release that you will return to so many times, and one that I think you will also treasure. Available on compact disc from Music Box records and also on digital platforms such as Spotify and Apple. Recommended.