Featuring an eclectic mix of contemporary pop hits, show tunes, and religious standards, Il Était une Fois… is the first release from the popular children's choir school Les Petits Chanteurs à la Croix de Bois since they relocated from Paris to the Burgundy department of Yonne. Its 11 tracks include covers of Tina Arena's "Aller Plus Haut," Yannick Noah's "La Voix des Sages," and Les Misérables' number "La Faute à Voltaire," alongside more traditional fare such as the early 20th century Arabic song "Salma Ya Salama," the Israel national anthem "Hatikva," and "Ave Maria".
Ange rediscovered their prog credentials in the 2000's after,by their high standards,some less than essential releases in the 80's and 90's.This one from 2010 marks a heavier and more intense direction,continued with 2012's Moyen Age…
Founded in 1906, Les Petits Chanteurs à la Croix des Bois (Little Singers of the Wooden Cross) are renowned as one of the world's most established children's choirs. Founded by Paul Berthier and Pierre Martin, two students on vacation at l'Abbeye de Tamie, the Paris-based traveling choir broke tradition with its lack of affiliation to a particular parish or cathedral. Directed by Father Fernand Maillet, they soon developed an international presence thanks to performances at the Vatican and an appearance in the 1945 film La Cage aux Rossignols, and continued to remain active throughout the 20th century, with singer/songwriter Matthieu Chédid, Les Prêtres' Charles Troesch, and Olympic rowing champion Adrien Hardy among some of their famous former members. By its centenary year, which was celebrated by a France2 show featuring duets with the likes of Tina Arena, Lara Fabian, and Nolwenn Leroy, the choir school had developed into a full-time educational institution, combining regular studies with a global touring schedule.
Voici les sous-bois, l'intimité de la forêt : sous les grands arbres s'exhalent des senteurs de mousse et de fougères, se déploient des tapis de jacinthes bleues, frémissent des herbes délicates… Dans les trouées de lumière, épilobes et digitales hissent leur longue tige. Ce livre présente les principales plantes de nos sous-bois et montre l'influence qu'exercent le rythme des saisons, l'exposition à la lumière et la nature du sol sur leur développement.