Kaas Chante Piaf

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
This is the recording studio version of the concert Patricia Kaas gave at Carnegie Hall in tribute to the 50th anniversary of Edith Piaf's passing. She is backed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, a small studio band -- accordion, bass, guitar, Theremin, keyboards -- and even a chorus under the direction of Abel Korzeniowski, who also arranged the material and produced the album. The live performance, while a commercial success, had its share of critics, including Piaf purists, who were quick to note that Kaas doesn't possess the vocal range of her subject. Kaas fans found the size and power of the orchestra too daunting for her to overcome. Both of these arguments are ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
This is the recording studio version of the concert Patricia Kaas gave at Carnegie Hall in tribute to the 50th anniversary of Edith Piaf's passing. She is backed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, a small studio band -- accordion, bass, guitar, Theremin, keyboards -- and even a chorus under the direction of Abel Korzeniowski, who also arranged the material and produced the album. The live performance, while a commercial success, had its share of critics, including Piaf purists, who were quick to note that Kaas doesn't possess the vocal range of her subject. Kaas fans found the size and power of the orchestra too daunting for her to overcome. Both of these arguments are likely to follow this studio production, but ultimately, both are in error. The cinematic quality provided by the orchestra and her band adds a haunting drama to these proceedings that points toward Kaas' smoky, sometimes even raspy, lower register. She doesn't attempt to imitate Piaf, but to pay homage to her enduring legacy and celebrate her influence. Kaas never betrays herself as a modern vocalist in the process. Instead, by interpreting these songs in her own way, she makes plain that Piaf's music is not only a root source of inspiration, but a breathing, evolving, entity that defies the limits of time and offers instruction for French chanson as it continues to evolve. Check the shifting moods and textures in "Mon Manege a Moi," the slow, smoldering sensuality and tragedy at the heart of her reading of "Mon Dieu," and the raw need expressed in "La Belle Histoire D'Amour," introduced and punctuated heavy brass, and alternately colored by a slow, strolling electric bass, piano, bells, and even a bass drum. The nod to Astor Piazzolla's nuevo tango in the accordion's introduction to "Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien" is a nice touch (Piaf loved tango, as does Kaas) is offset by pastoral strings in the backdrop, vamping on a series of three chords before the singer enters with the orchestra. The song unfolds as a reverie before becoming an anthemic celebration of life and love no matter its ultimate cost. It's unlikely that Kaas Chante Piaf will please "pure" fans of either woman; but then, it's not supposed to. In offering such a unique, sensitive, perhaps even iconoclastic interpretation of Piaf, Kaas underscores her own reputation as one of the great musical artists of our era.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/13/2012
  • Label: Artic Records
  • UPC: 622406051426
  • Catalog Number: 514
  • Sales rank: 33,996

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mon Dieu - Kaas (4:42)
  2. 2 Padam Padam - Kaas (4:38)
  3. 3 Avec Ce Soleil - Kaas (2:44)
  4. 4 Milord - Kaas (5:07)
  5. 5 The 9th Hour (Prélude) - Kaas (2:31)
  6. 6 La Belle Histoire D'amour - Kaas (4:13)
  7. 7 Les Amants Merveilleux - Kaas (2:36)
  8. 8 T'es Beautu Sais - Kaas (4:06)
  9. 9 Hymne À L'amour - Kaas (4:20)
  10. 10 C'est Un Gars - Kaas (3:08)
  11. 11 Song For the Little Sparrow - Kaas (3:24)
  12. 12 Lafoule - Kaas (3:56)
  13. 13 Mon Manège À Moi - Kaas (3:01)
  14. 14 La Vie En Rose - Kaas (5:18)
  15. 15 Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien - Kaas (4:58)
  16. 16 Je T'ai Dans La Peau - Kaas (3:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Patricia Kaas Primary Artist
Harold Fisher Drums
Colin Green Guitar
Julian Jackson Harmonica, Soloist
John Constable Keyboards, Soloist
Christian Mason Theremin, Soloist
Eddie Hession Accordion, Soloist
Abel Korzeniowski Conductor
Adam Goldsmith Guitar
Duncan Riddell Leader, Soloist
Andrew Pask Bass Guitar
RSVP Voices Choir, Chorus
Andrew Vinter Keyboards, Soloist
Chantal Webster Cello, Soloist
Cameron Todd Trumpet, Soloist
Rob Johnston Conductor
Anthony Alcock Double Bass, Group Member
Liz Varlow Viola, Soloist
Technical Credits
Gilbert Bécaud Composer
Edith Piaf Composer
Charles Aznavour Composer
Georges Moustaki Composer
Robert Gall Composer
Jacques Larue Composer
Robin Millar Executive Producer
Geoff Foster Engineer
Jacques Pills Composer
Marguerite Monnot Composer
Angel Cabral Composer
Jean Constantin Composer
Henri Contet Composer
Charles Dumont Composer
Michel Vaucaire Composer
Chris Barrett Pro-Tools
Richard Walter Executive Producer, Concept, Management
Frédéric Helbert Engineer
Jean-Hughes Feugeas Booking
M. Philippe-Gerard Composer
Michel Rivgauche Composer
Benjamin Joubert Mastering
Norbert Glanzberg Composer
Pierre Roche Composer
Abel Korzeniowski Arranger, Composer, Producer, Orchestration
Fiona Cruickshank Pro-Tools
Cyril Prieur Management
Hervé Defranoux Concept
Louiguy Composer
Tanguy Dairaine Art Direction, Concept
Florence Véran Composer
Gregory Garçon Artwork
Anne-Sophie Melot Artwork
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