The Chorus is the original soundtrack of the 2004 Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominated film The Chorus (original title: Les choristes) starring Gérard Jugnot, François Berléand, Kad Merad and Jean-Baptiste Maunier. The original score was composed by Bruno Coulais and performed by Les Petits Chanteurs de Saint-Marc and the Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra. The album won the César Award for Best Music Written for a Film and was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Film Music (but lost to the score of Los Diarios de Motocicleta). The song "Look To Your Path" (original title: "Vois Sur Ton Chemin") was nominated for an Academy Award.
Fond de l'Etang is a boarding school for troubled boys located in the French countryside. In the mid-twentieth century, it is run by the principal M. Rachin, an egotistical disciplinarian whose official unofficial mantra for the school is "action - reaction", meaning that there will be severe consequences for any boy out of line. This approach does not seem to be working as the boys as a collective are an unruly bunch.
The new teacher at a severely administered boys' boarding school works to positively effect the students' lives through music.
Director Christophe Barratier's 2004 film Les Choristes, released in the U.S. in January 2005 as The Chorus, is, depending on your point of view, either a heart-warming or a saccharine story set in post-World War II France about a choral director at a school for delinquent children who reforms his charges by teaching them to sing together. Sing together they do on this album (a French best-seller), presenting new music by Bruno Coulais that sounds old. Actually, it isn't the boys' choir of the movie that's doing the singing, but rather Les Petits Chanteurs de Saint-Marc Choir, who, by the list of names, appear to include quite a few girls. In any case, the music is pleasant and harmonious, and the few snatches of Coulais' score played by the Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra (which no doubt charges less than a French orchestra would) are equally listenable. There are also bits of dialogue, notably in the final track, "Nous Sommes de Fond de l'Étang" ("We Are from Fond de l'Étang"), which is an audition in which the boys sing some of their favorites while trying out. ~ William Ruhlmann-, All Music Guide All Music Guide
Featuring an eclectic mix of contemporary pop hits, show tunes, and religious standards, Il Était une Fois… is the first release from the popular children's choir school Les Petits Chanteurs à la Croix de Bois since they relocated from Paris to the Burgundy department of Yonne. Its 11 tracks include covers of Tina Arena's "Aller Plus Haut," Yannick Noah's "La Voix des Sages," and Les Misérables' number "La Faute à Voltaire," alongside more traditional fare such as the early 20th century Arabic song "Salma Ya Salama," the Israel national anthem "Hatikva," and "Ave Maria".
Onze chansons de Serge Gainsbourg refont surface au Québec sous forme de duos et pourraient même mener à un spectacle inspiré par l'oeuvre de l'enfant terrible de la musique française. Question de souligner le fait que Gainsbourg aurait franchi le cap des 80 ans s'il était encore vivant, le groupe Avec Musique a lancé l'idée d'un album de duos formés du chanteur d'origine française Stéphane Lucas et de 10 québécoises connues, chanteuses professionnelles ou non. Les interprètes Marie Carmen, Patsy Gallant, Caroline Néron, Mélanie Renaud et Julie Salvador, ont accepté de revisiter des incontournables de Gainsbourg, des chansons du début des années 1960.