Luc Henrion – Galerie

Luc Henrion - Galerie LP front cover
Luc Henrion - Galerie LP back cover
Luc Henrion - Galerie LP side A

Belgian pianist, arranger and producer Luc Henrion, born in Anderlecht in 1954, is better known today as a film and stage music composer. In the late 1970s, he founded his own label, titled LMG (for La Muse Gueule). The first release was folk singer Dominique Delvaux’s Lettre à V. LP in 1977, with all backing instruments by Luc Henrion (more info on this WFMU blog post, thanks to Tony Coulter. Hi, Tony!). The second, and presumably last, release was Henrion’s own solo album, titled Galerie, also in 1977, where he plays all instruments again (piano, organ, harpsichord, polymoog, guitar, zither, bass, drums). The LP was recorded and mixed by Dan Lacksman, founding member of Belgian synth-pop band Telex.

Luc Henrion, 2005♫ Luc Henrion’s Galerie LP blends contemporary piano music and  progressive instrumental rock through clever arrangements and mix down. Despite the cover art, Galerie is not a solo piano record, and most tracks are based on elaborate compositions for harpsichord, guitar and organ, among other instruments. In its structure and inspiration, the LP draws from Mussorgski’s Pictures at an Exhibition, 1874, a series of piano preludes each after an artwork by Russian architect Viktor Hartmann. Track titles in Galerie all refer to an art movement or specific technique and the entire album is conceived as a museum visit. The prominent use of piano on most tracks complete the analogy with Pictures at an Exhibition. This LP is also comparable with some solo piano releases on the Igloo and Hasard labels, by Charles Loos or Dominique Lawalrée, for instance.

01 Galerie (17:53)
01 a Ouverture
01 b Portrait
01 c Estampe Japonaise
01 d Tableaux
01 e Coda
02 N’oubliez pas le guide, s.v.p. (1:18)
03 Cubisme (2:23)
04 Old Alschumie (6:58)
05 Dyptique (4:39)
06 Gouache (1:03)
07 Pastel (2:11)
08 N’oubliez pas le guide, s.v.p. (2:15)

Total time 38:40
LP released by LMG, ref. LMG 002, Brussels, Belgium, 1977


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2 Responses to “Luc Henrion – Galerie”

  1. 1 Billy Batts May 3, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    absolute monster of a record!!..thanks!

  2. 2 continuo May 3, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Totally agree with you. Makes one wonder why this guy did not have a greater solo career. Thanks for your comment.

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