Pauline Frechette - 'Love in the Afternoon'
Music Review Written by Ionas Finser & Staff
Gentle, somber strings open this dazzling piece of music, providing a soft bed for subtle col legno and a disorienting, panned accordion motif. The piece is graced by an exquisite bass solo by legendary bass player, Stanley Clark.
Pauline Frechette’s vocals enter with a mood reminiscent of a 1920’s French love song, and the texture and breadth of a breeze blowing through the trees.
Depth and moodiness come naturally to this otherwise sweet and loving song, made evident in the rich, low-octave piano runs and expressive bass solo. Frechette’s lyrics seem to be made up of fragmented sentences, like momentary thoughts drifting by on a warm day. Indeed, the lyrics are actually all derived from portions of love poems written by both the artist and her partner.
“Softly We surrender Sweet emotion sweeping time. Take me, take me now before The promise of the afternoon is gone.”
“Love in the Afternoon” is so moving that it is almost cinematic, creating moods and emotions that carry as much weight as a dramatic film score. This notion is heightened by the fact that Frechette incorporates so many classical elements into her music.
Pauline Frechette has managed to create one of those rare, serene songs that captures the melancholic beauty of a rapidly fading moment of bliss, and in doing so wins over the hearts of all her listeners.
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About Pauline Frechette
Pauline Frechette is a composer/performer with a foundation of playing in youth symphonies on violin, winning awards in piano competitions, touring Europe singing and dancing as a teen and studying acting in England. Her Great-grandfather, Josef Vezina, founded the Quebec Symphony. Her compositions are best defined as “Neo-classical” DEF. “The use of modern techniques within the classical form composing music that reflects one’s own compositional voice.”
Her compositions have been performed by the Baltimore Symphony, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, New West Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, National Symphony at the Kennedy Center and at Walt Disney Concert Hall where her music opened the night for Iron and Wine. Pauline has composed songs for TV and Film and her musicals have been produced by The Goodspeed Opera House, the LaMirada Theatre for the Performing Arts and the Baruch Theatre in NYC.
As a singer/performer, she considers herself a 21st Century “troubadour” DEF. “a contemporary poet-musician.” Her credits include singing on major motion pictures (Aladdin, Rent, Mermaids …) performing/recording with many legendary artists including MUSE for the 2012 Olympics; Paul McCartney, Willie Nelson, Leonard Cohen, Cher, and duets with Neil Diamond. In her solo concerts Pauline moves effortlessly from her neo-classical piano pieces to romantic jazz and humorous theatrical songs. She loves taking her audience on an emotional journey with humor, passionate haunting melodies and stunning vocals, often playing a grand piano live to videos of ballet, jazz, art and other forms of storytelling. Most recently, Pauline brought her cheering audience to their feet for nine standing ovations at beautiful Thayer Hall in downtown L.A. and again during her Winter Concert in Ojai, CA. where she debuted two new pieces - one for piano and cello and one for violin and piano. Pauline's solo piano album, "An Intimate Story” debuted in September 2019 at #3 on Billboard Classical and Classical Crossover charts. In 2018 her critically acclaimed releases included her holiday EP “Winter Romance and her album, "Colors of My Heart,” which debuted in the Billboard Top Ten Classical and Jazz charts. This April three of her compositions for ballet will enjoy a World Premiere with the New West Symphony featuring the Pacific Festival Ballet Company. Her music is currently being played in over 175 countries to millions of listeners.