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Un alto pour passeport
The world tour book

It took audacity and courage to go around the world with his instrument, to meet disadvantaged young people. A beautiful utopia realized by the author of this endearing and original book. Proof that once again, music opens up limitless horizons. And that it weaves unparalleled bonds between men.

Renaud Capuçon

Christophe left Paris on May 1, 2018 with his viola for a one-year world tour. He had several goals in mind, including going to meet the El Sistema associations, and put them forward through video documentaries. These associations are dedicated to helping needy children through the practice of classical music. All along his trip Christophe traveled as much as possible by train. His journey was an opportunity to overcome existential questions and to move on after a painful break-up following a ten year relationship. During this initiation journey in quest of himself, he met hundreds of people who helped him evolve through their sharing. In this way, he changed his view on the planet, on the relationships between people, and discovered the geopolitical concerns that drive today’s world. This is how he ended up falling in love with nature. He spent the last two months in the heart of a preserved Patagonia, but which is dying under the dramatic effects of global warming and overexploitation. And then, he came back to France completely transformed, eager to pass on a little of what he had experienced during that year.

23€ – Buy in French independent bookstore
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Un alto pour passeport is published by Éditions Favre. You can buy it in bookstores or on the Internet using the links above.

They talk about it

To listen while reading

In order to make it easier to listen to the pieces mentioned in the book Un alto pour passeport, I have gathered the direct links to the works by episode and by chapter. Click on the “+” button on the right of each episode to open the pieces.

1st episode — From Europe to Asia

Chapitre 1
Franz Liszt — Romance oubliée
Aaron Conitz and Angela Draghicescu, viola and piano, 2017
Chapitre 2
Maurice Ravel — Boléro
Katia and Marielle Labèque, piano, Jazz in Marciac, 2017
Chapitre 5
Nikolaï Rimski-Korsakov — Scheherazade
Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra — Valery Gergiev, 1998
Chapitre 13
Natsagiin Jantsannorov — Manduhai Tsetsen Hatan
State Morin Khuur Ensemble of Mongolia, 1987
Chapitre 17
Traditional Theme — The Weeping Camel
Chapitre 18
Guo Dayu and Xi Zhigan — Promotion of Judge Xu
Zhu Shihui, Beijing Opera, 2017
Chapitre 20
Huang Huai-Hai — The Horse Race
Lang Lang, piano and Guo Gan, erhu, Cité de la Musique de Paris, 2011
Chapitre 22
John Williams — Young Dalai Lama and Ceremonial Chant
John Williams, Yo-Yo Ma, The Gyuto Monks, 1997
Chapitre 25
Traditional Theme — Nepali Themes on Panche Baja Instruments
Chapitre 30
Beatles — While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Wicked Music People, George Town Festival, 2018
Chapitre 32
Traditional theme — Themes on piphat instruments
Thai Piphat Orchestra, Siam Society, 2010

2nd episode — Getaways in Oceania

Chapitre 36
Banjo Paterson — Waltzing Matilda
Slim Dusty, 1998
Chapitre 41
Wayne Maso — Nature
The Fourmyula, 1969
Chapitre 46
Émile Sham Koua — Pahoho
Te Ava Piti, 1992
Chapitre 51
Matato’a — E’ruru era

3rd episode — Getaways in South America

Chapitre 54
Sergio Ortegan, Quilapayún — ¡El pueblo unido, jamás será vencido!
Inti-Illimani, Plaza de la Dignidad, Santiago du Chili, December 13, 2019
Chapitre 55
Astor Piazzolla — Libertango
Orquesta Binacional de Tango, Teatro del Lago, 2019
Chapitre 59
Rubén Patagonia — Amutuy Soledad
Chapitre 60
Carlos Gardel, Alfredo Le Pera — Mi Buenos Aires querido
Orquesta Binacional de Tango, 2020
Chapitre 61
Astor Piazzolla — Oblivion
Astor Piazzolla, bandoneon


Johann Sebastian Bach — Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, Prelude
Yo-Yo Ma, cello, 2019
Christophe Touchard — Espoir
Christophe Touchard, piano, 2018
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