Symphonie-Passion speaks to all times because it is inherently linked to a journey, to a staircase of stones in a bell tower poetically engraving in the wood the name of the one who plays that dusty church organ humbly. Vibrant, swirling and ecstatic, Symphonie-Passion is a fresh, brightly woodsy masterpiece that sings with joyful uplift. Fusing cheerful peony and bright lemon, the opening seizes our attention as would the gentle yet powerful first movement of Vivaldi’s La Primavera, sweeping us up into the interplay of light and power, joy and creativity. The organ starts, eager to drop notes infused with dust, wood and iron among the marble archways, among the ears waiting for that unpredictable harmony to unleash itself. This is the world of music: to get carried away by the skin, by the smile and by suffering, with infinite black tears. A sophisticated vetiver note, both earthy and lightly sweet, interacts with the rapturous smoothness of cashmeran and sandalwood, rich and majestically potent. Crisp cedar adds a spiky tonality, while a complex base of musks comforts and challenges in equal measure. As with any orchestral work, Symphonie-Passion’s true alchemy lies in the fusion of these wondrous ingredients, harmonising together into a piece of work that is energising and soothing, thoughtful and passionate, novel and familiar. In short, a work of art from a house that never seems to deliver anything less.