Kaas Chante Piaf

Kaas Chante Piaf

by Patricia Kaas

CD

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/13/2012
Label: Artic Records
UPC: 0622406051426
catalogNumber: 514

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Patricia Kaas   Primary Artist
Harold Fisher   Drums
Colin Green   Guitar
Andy Pask   Bass 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
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
Michel Rivgauche   Composer
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
Michel Philippe-Gérard   Composer

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