If someone would post the album for download, I could hear for myself and take a stab at it. Seriously, post the damn thing.
The french national anthem.
It's strongly reminiscent of Verdi's later operas, though probably a French composer from the same period, like Massenet, is responsible.
Thats because it is Verdi.
No, it isn't Verdi, and as death metal black metal says, it's not the Marseillaise. I think it's Gounod's "Faust" ; but in any case, it's French. I heard it on television played during some kind of ceremony.