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The Album of the Century by Olivier Manchon

10 April 2020

We are continuing with a virtual version of our “Album of the Century” series every Thursday at 5:00 p.m. In this week’s episode our friend Olivier Manchon has agreed to take up the challenge.


Listen to Loney, Noir, by Loney Dear, the album of the century according to Olivier Manchon.

All the albums that Olivier Manchon could have chosen because they have influenced his musical life and he refers to them in his video.

Concerto pour violon de Beethoven, interprété par Igor Oistrakh, sous la direction de David Oistrakh
A Love Supreme, John Coltrane
Violin concertos NO.1, Prokofiev & Shostakovich
Round about Midnight, Miles Davis
Les quatuors à corde de Borodine par le Quatuor Borodine
Nefertiti, Miles Davis
First Circle, Metheny Group
Magical Mystery Tour, The Beatles
João Gilberto / Stan Getz
Songs In The Key Of Life, Stevie Wonder
The secret life of plant, Stevie Wonder
KR-51, Clare & the Reasons

It’s a common enough expression.
When you like an album well enough, but you know that it is maybe not “significant”, that it will not leave its mark on a generation – we often say “it’s not the album of the century”. But where exactly is the album of the century ? Who can tell us about i t?

A former student of both jazz and classical violin, Olivier Manchon has been as much influenced by “Les Six” and Shostakovich as by Gil Evans and Henry Mancini. A composer of film soundtracks, arranger, producer and multi-instrumentalist, he can be found by Clare Muldaur’s side in Clare and the Reasons, but he has also written arrangements for Sufjan Stevens and My Brightest Diamond. His own Miniature Chamber Orchestra attracted a lot of attention at both the Jazz à Vienne festival and the opera last summer.