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Dominique A at the Musée d’Orsay

There’s something preternatural in finding oneself practically alone in a museum. You don’t see the artwork the same way. You take more time to look at them, to analyze them. You hear the slightest noise multiply to infinity in the building’s grandeur; the noise of your steps resonating in the labyrinth of corridors and rooms, bouncing on the marble until it’s no more than a distant echo that entertains almost as much as it distresses – it’s not exactly a Ben Stiller scene.

This extraordinary feeling is that much stronger when the museum is none other than the d’Orsay, a place of overwhelming aura in which you can find some of the most precious, well-known and essential paintings and sculptures in the world. A veritable fantasy machine that, temporarily emptied of its visitors but not of its substance, gives the strange feeling of not only contemplating History, but actually being part of it.

It’s in this surreal setting that we had the chance to film a particular Take Away Show with an artist long cherished here: Dominique A. Particular first of all because Eleor, his latest and 10th album, hasn’t revealed itself yet. And particular above all because this time, Dominique A surrounded himself with a string quartet to adorn “L’Océan” with violin and cello, to envelop this timbre we know all too well in the sweet and solemn frame this place required, before delivering a pared-down version of the beautiful “Eleor,” meandering in halls of the museum that you would think were built specially for his music.

There’s something preternatural in finding oneself practically alone in the Musée d’Orsay, listening to Dominique A’s guitar and voice take hold of the immensity.

Translated by Lauren McCracken.