MUSIC BOX RECORDS pays tribute to Gabriel Yared with four original motion picture
soundtracks composed for Jean-Pierre Mocky's films: AGENT TROUBLE (1987), LES
SAISONS DU PLAISIR (1988), UNE NUIT À L'ASSEMBLÉE NATIONALE (1988) and NOIR COMME
LE SOUVENIR (1995). Never released in complete versions, these scores are now available
for the very first time on a CD gathering over one hour of music and presenting a superb
rendition of Yared's style for Jean-Pierre Mocky's personal vision.
In Agent Trouble, Jean-Pierre Mocky adapted for the big screen a mystery novel by
Malcolm Bosse starring Catherine Deneuve and Richard Bohringer. The director called
upon Gabriel Yared, whose music for Jean-Jacques Beineix's Betty Blue had come out one
year earlier, earning him an accolade as one of the shining lights of French film music
composition (after his work for the variété française and his collaborations with directors
Godard, Christian de Chalonge and Costa-Gavras).
Yared composed one of his most exciting and very colourful scores paying homage to
Bernard Herrmann (North by Northwest, Vertigo and Psycho) with its frenetic chords, a
glamorous yet chilling atmosphere, grandiose horror and tender irony.
In Les Saisons du Plaisir, he chose to personify the gallery of characters with an ensemble
of choral singers, certain of which hail from the group Double Six (Christiane Legrand,
Claudine Meunier, Isabelle Perrin, Michel Barouille and Jean-Claude Briodin), a formation
that successfully reprised many jazz standards at the beginning of the 1960s.
In Une Nuit à l’Assemblée Nationale, he goes some distance to mistreating a French
institution (in this case a military concert band comprised principally of saxophone
horns), getting them to produce music close to the farcical marches of Nino Rota.
In 1995, their collaboration ended as it began, with a detective thriller, Noir Comme le
Souvenir, this time adapted from a novel by Carlene Thompson (Black for Remembrance).
The main theme is based on a lullaby with a Slavic flavour (sung by Karine Costa), as
tender as it is dark, prefiguring in its design the lullaby that Yared will write four years
later for another thriller, Anthony Minghella's The Talented Mr. Ripley.
Gabriel Yared is one of the best composers who succeeds to express what Mocky is not
able to show in his images, due either to an excess of modesty or of anger. Gabriel Yared’s
compositions demonstrate that behind the ugliness of Mocky’s Circus Parade doubtless
hide the first stirrings of hope.
AGENT TROUBLE (29:37)
1. Agent trouble (3:55)
2. Victorien (3:01)
3. Le lac noir (1:09)
4. Agent très trouble (2:56)
5. Trouble suspens (3:20)
6. Alex (2:14)
7. Karen (2:44)
8. Très trouble suspens (1:32)
9. Stanislas (2:33)
10. Amanda Weber (6:13)
LES SAISONS DU PLAISIR (15:47)
11. Générique début (1:22)
12. Le bal des vicieux (2:59)
13. Queues en berne (2:25)
14. Comme une montagne (1:56)
15. Petit minet (3:03)
16. Messieurs en chaleur (1:16)
17. Les saisons du plaisir (2:46)
UNE NUIT À L'ASSEMBLÉE NATIONALE (8:52)
18. Générique (2:18)
19. Soleil et nature (2:33)
20. Au Palais Bourbon (1:45)
21. Le plan de Rirette (2:16)
NOIR COMME LE SOUVENIR (9:49)
22. Noir comme le souvenir (3:15)
23. David et Caroline (2:05)
24. Inspecteur Vasseur (1:17)
25. La vengeance de Garance (1:31)
26. Générique fin (1:41)
TOTAL TIME 65:11