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Saga de Ragnar Lodbrock

Saga de Ragnar Lodbrock

Saga de Ragnar Lodbrock


Saga de Ragnar Lodbrock wasn't so much a band as a project, whose chief aim was to set the 12th-century poem of the title to music. The Saga describes the lesser-known Viking invasion of France in the Dark Ages, and while sung and narrated entirely in French, the music's medieval tonalities create enough atmosphere to override any language barriers. The original 18-minute Chants Funèbres De Ragnar Lodbrock was recorded first, in April '78, but ended up on side two Read more on Last.fm
Saga de Ragnar Lodbrock wasn't so much a band as a project, whose chief aim was to set the 12th-century poem of the title to music. The Saga describes the lesser-known Viking invasion of France in the Dark Ages, and while sung and narrated entirely in French, the music's medieval tonalities create enough atmosphere to override any language barriers. The original 18-minute Chants Funèbres De Ragnar Lodbrock was recorded first, in April '78, but ended up on side two, with several companion pieces written in a similar style to flesh out the album. Listening to it, I'm reminded of French medieval folk outfit Malicorne (slightly like a Gallic Gryphon), but the project's main members had enough of their own style for comparisons to be fairly redundant. Studio owner Armand Frydman joined the project after they chose his studio to work in, and ended up playing all the keyboards, including a Mellotron.

He makes good use of it throughout, mainly flutes and choirs, and although the CD doesn't give separate timings for each part of the piece, I think it's fair to assume that it's on every part, considerably enhancing its funereal aspect. I don't believe the 'Tron was used on the side one material, although there may possibly be some flutes on Le Loup Fendri (The Wolf Fendri), although they're more likely to be an overdubbed real one. The bonus tracks are solo pieces by vocalist François Proust, written for the theatre, but fitting the overall concept of the original album. Read more on Last.fm.

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