Chamouard's music is sometimes full of light, often solemn and tonal, but
frequently disrupted by sharp dissonance. It is also meditative and more colourful
than it seems. His music works on us like a poem which would create new sonorities
out of familiar words."
The Eighth Symphony is a panoramic, rich, wide
work, opening the imagination over endless landscapes
Rouen Magazine (France)
"The intresic beauty of Philippe Chamouard'
music. His Heighth Symphony is generally expressive and mysterious, always
" P. Chamouard's music reveals authenticity,
freedom, also solitude, as rarely reached(...). L'Esprit de la Nuit, this
marvellous short piece(...) ."
Third Smphony offers astonishing beauty."
"Les Figures de l'Invisible" is the
natural continuation of Debussy's music. P.Chamouard's music is full of secrets,
hidden meanings and symbols."
Gaseta Wyborcza ( Poland)
"L'Esprit de la Nuit" was only impression,
illusion, and feeling in which the atmosphere was given in a conductive and
Gaseta Wyborcza ( Poland)
" The harmonic language
is Messiaenic her and there, but with its own dialect. As striking as these
pieces are, their strength lies more in their sensuous and visceral appeal
than in anything formal. The more assertive sections of Opalescence are simply
awesome: huge sheets of sounds whose resonance and brilliance amid the cold
stone walls has been captured in outstanding fashion."
American record guide
" A creation which reveals
a composer with project."
" The link between O.Messiaen and Ph.Chamouard:
meditation, the passage of time through colour,the illumination of stone touched
by light filtering through the stained glass windows of a Gothic cathedral."
" The orchestral texture tends towards
early Schoenberg without the expressionist aggravation of the Vienna School."
Le Républicain lorrain
" A moment of eternity and serenity which
fills one completely. "
"Ph.Chamouard did not use the means that
Picasso, in another art, used for Guernica. "
" An intensely spiritual and cosmic work."
" Artistic creation is for Ph. Chamouard
like a grain of sans wherein the urge to compose is one with the voice of
Nasza Rodzina - Poland
" The Second Symphony apart from the
obvious allusion to an ongoing tragedy, is outstanding in its own right with
an admirably sustained line and vigor, the somber rhythmic intonations of
the strings resolving in flash of light projected from the wind section. The
voice superbly dominates the orchestral mass, endowing this work with an uplifting
thrust to which one cannot remain unmoved."
" A very beautiful cycle by Ph. Chamouard
entitled Opalescence. The listener is truck by the immobile temporality, slow
and inward, of this mystical music adorned by magnificent harmonic changes.
The music, always of high quality, is deeply spiritual and we are happy to
recommend it to poeple who enjoy contemporary exploration of new worlds of
" Here with the Second Symphony and Halabja
are two powerful works interesting, touching and overwhelming us."
Les petites affiches
" A very beautiful concert with the opportunity
of discovering a French talented composer still somewhat un known to the general
from which a finely moving
" Halabja: disturbing music on the even more disturbing theme of the
slaughter of the Kurds by the Iraqi army."
Le Courrier Picard
" The work is very beautiful and particularly
A lesson of humanity that warms the heart."
" Sheer success for Opalescence. A French
creation offered as an elevation to God, inciting to respect and humanity."
" Halabja: a tribute paid to the Kurd
nation; P. Chamouard is a great humanist."
"Opalescence carries us away in the spiral of life colours. These pieces
for organ desacralize the instrument."
" P. Chamouard and O. Messiaen have here the same approach: slowness
of the pieces, time discrepancy compared with our daily stress for the benefit
of a more meditative rhythm. A style to be (re) discovered."
" In this music, constant multicoloured
reflections appear similar to those in the stained glass windows. Whoever
bathes in such a stream of colours will find the music as captivating as generous."
" Ineffable spirituality comes out of
the musical discourse...which makes the richness of the contemporary organ
discovered and appreciated."
"P.Chamouard 's strong personality is
revealed in his "Kyrie de la Messe des Anges" with the arched Bartok
construction and lays a conrnerstone in the church music of our time.
Le Monde de la musique