Belleduseigneur Art Presentation



Caldera Records is proud to present the original score for the movie Belle du Seigneur from 2011, directed by Glenio Bonder. The movie is based on the famous book of the same title by Albert Cohen who writes about a troubled love affair in Switzerland during the 1930s. Cohen portrays Solal, who starts an affair with the beautiful Ariadne, the protestant wife of one of his employees. The forbidden passion and the political dealings prior to World War II create an unbearably tense atmosphere both on paper – and on film. The tense atmosphere can be experienced in the music by Gabriel Yared as well. The Oscar-winning composer (The English Patient, The Talented Mr. Ripley) wrote a delicate, elegant and intimate score for symphony orchestra which is built around a fragile waltz which serves as the main theme of the soundtrack. The theme is surrounded by sorrowful string adagios, catchy melodies for solo instruments such as the clarinet and the piano as well as inspired suspense passages which Yared uses for demanding solo passages with complicated rhythms. Enjoy one of the most hauntingly beautiful scores by the Lebanese-born composer for the first time ever on CD. As a bonus, we included an insightful interview with the musician who talks about his career and his approach to film music in general. The eighth CD-release of Caldera Records features a detailed booklet-text by Gergely Hubai and elegant artwork by Luis Miguel Rojas. The CD was produced by Stephan Eicke and John Elborg.

Music Composed by Gabriel Yared

L’Orchestre Philharmonique de Bruxelles et l’Orchestre des Flanders
Music Orchestrated by Gabriel Yared, Cyrille Aufort
Conductor: Cyrille Aufort
Album Produced by Stephan Eicke
Executive Producers for Caldera Records: John Elborg, Stephan Eicke
Produced by TNVO


1. Générique Début (2:19)
2. Solal Déguisé (2:19)
3. Solal & Isolde (1:42)
4. Danse (6:15)
5. Maison Stresa (1:15)
6. Isolde (1:38)
7. Le Bal (5:01)
8. Retrouvailles Solal & Ariane (1:12)
9. Arrivée Mariette (0:57)
10. Ariane Sur L’Ile (3:45)
11. Cheval Plage (1:42)
12. La Valse (3:22)
13. Ariane (4:06)
14. Ile (1:39)
15. Mystères (3:19)
16. Générique Fin (3:44)

17. Interview with Gabriel Yared (14:24)

Listen to a 5 min clip here:


Order the CD here:

Screen Archives (US)

Soundtrack-Club (Germany)

Soundtrack Corner (Germany)

Rosebud (Spain)

Music Box Records (France)

Paradoxe Perdu (Switzerland)


“It is music of great elegance. The main theme, a restrained waltz, is very seductive and the dramatic sequences are highly touching and simply beautiful.”

“Gabriel Yared turns in not just an epic film score for Belle du Seigneur, but also a work of beauty that crosses the line to also become a wonderful piece of classical music in its own right. This is one score that all classical music lovers should own.”

“Gabriel Yared’s “Belle du Seigneur” is a lyrical and romantic score for strings, winds, saxophone and piano — in a way that is both typical for the composer, yet sounds nothing like his more famous scores. It’s a delicate, intimate score for a relatively small ensemble, with an attractive main theme that returns in virtually every cue. The composition is free-flowing, like a concert work, with each cue being perfectly formed and perfectly beautiful. When Yared explains in the interview that he’ll look at the film once and then writes his score away from it, not bound by the film’s technicalities and instead focusing on the story’s emotional content (and I have paraphrased that a little), it all makes perfect sense.”

“Gabriel Yared’s music is almost like a lecture in orchestral beauty. He makes the most of every instrument, he gets the soloists to play with each other and take turns into the spotlight. The string solos, the piano or clarinet inserts and the flute moments make the experience of listening to “Belle du seigneur” feel just like walking through the most beautiful garden where all sorts of unexpected flowers appear. You want to walk very careful as to not disturb them or make them aware of your presence. The wonders will never cease in this score and each separate cue has its own special scent.”

“There were cues here that I will take with me on my never ending musical journey. I’m sure this will please Yared fans as this music is definitely him.”


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