Stéphane Lerouge celebrates 20 years of “Listen to the cinema”!
“Stéphane Lerouge, known as a “musical archaeologist”, has put together a record-book containing all the greatest film soundtracks and rich interviews. Morricone, Gainsbourg, Bardot, Desplat and Quincy Jones are celebrating this record collection.
In 2001, Universal Music France created the record collection Ecoutez le cinéma ! A kind of musical memory of the big screen, conceived from the beginning by Stéphane Lerouge, whose ambition is to revive the Graals of film music, the emblematic (and untraceable) scores of Georges Delerue, François de Roubaix, Michel Magne, Maurice Jarre and Michel Legrand.150 Volumes later, the collection has magnetized great international figures (Ennio Morricone, Lalo Schifrin, Quincy Jones, Howard Shore), has come in boxes and vinyls, and has provoked re-recordings and remixes in a mess.
To celebrate this anniversary, Ecoutez le cinéma ! offers a book-disc with an original concept: for the first time, it is based on the written word, i.e. a subjective selection of thirty-six interviews, among the hundred or so made throughout the collection. Composers talk about cinema, filmmakers about music.Bertrand Tavernier replies to John Barry, Agnès Varda reaches out to Ennio Morricone, Bertrand Blier smiles at Quincy Jones, Listen to the cinema, read it from now on… – Boxed set consisting of 2 discs, 49 tracks.
Born in Douarnenez, Stéphane Lerouge was passionate about film soundtracks as a child and developed a solid encyclopaedic culture. After studying at the cinema department of the University of Paris I, he obtained a DEA (post-graduate diploma).The composer Vladmir Cosma and the producer Alain Poiré quickly encouraged him to turn his passion into a profession: in 1992, he released the soundtrack Les Brigades du Tigre , a compilation of Claude Bolling’s music, Stéphane Lerouge’s mission is to find, restore, safeguard and disseminate the musical heritage of the cinema, like an archaeologist of film music”. My work is like a constant struggle against oblivion. Every day that passes, it’s one less chance to find an important part of French heritage,” he confides to Olivier Delcroix for LeFigaro. He re-releases rare film soundtracks, out of print or never published (such as Fantomas by Michel Magne, Pierrot le fou by Antoine Duhamel, La Folie des grandeurs by Michel Polnareff, La Piscine by Michel Legrand, Plein soleil by Nino Rota etc…).
“Listen to the movies!”
In 2000, he launched the Ecoutez le cinéma! collection produced by Universal Music Jazz France, a collection devoted to the preservation of the French film music heritage, with over 130 references.