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The Rascal and the Sparrow - Poulenc meets Piaf / Antonio Pompa-Baldi, piano

Album Summary

>Poulenc, Francis : Les chemins de l'amour ("Les chemins qui vont"), for voice & piano (or orchestra), FP 106
>Poulenc, Francis : Improvisation for Piano no 15 in C minor, FP 176 "Hommage a Edith Piaf"
>Monnot, Marguerite : Hymne à l'amour
>Poulenc, Francis : Rosemonde ("Longtemps au pied du perron"), song for voice & piano, FP 158
>Monnot, Marguerite : Un Grand Amour
>Poulenc, Francis : Berceuse ("Ton pere est a la messe"), song for voice & piano (5 poemes de Jacob), FP 59/4
>Poulenc, Francis : Reine des mouettes, song for voice & piano (Metamorphoses), FP 121/1
>Poulenc, Francis : Métamorphoses (3)
>Guglielmi, Louis : La vie en rose, song
>Monnot, Marguerite : Les Amants d'un Jour
>Poulenc, Francis : Deux poemes de Louis Aragon
>Bernheim, Andre : Paris
>Bouquet, Julien : Je Sais Comment
>Poulenc, Francis : Le pont ("Deux dames le long du fleuve"), song for voice & piano (2 melodies d'Apollinaire), FP 131/
>Monnot, Marguerite : Mon legionnaire, for piano solo
>Poulenc, Francis : Je n'ai envie que de t'aimer, song for voice & piano (Tel jour, telle nuit), FP 86/7
>Monnot, Marguerite : Left Bank (C'est a Hambourg), song
>Poulenc, Francis : Couplets bachiques ("Je suis tant que dure le jour"), song for voice & piano (Chansons gaillardes),
>Poulenc, Francis : Nos souvenirs qui chantent, song for voice & piano, FP 182
>Dumont, Charles : Non, je ne regrette rien (No, I Regret Nothing), song
>Dumont, Charles : Mon Dieu (My God), song
>Poulenc, Francis : Huit chansons polonaises
>Poulenc, Francis : Attributs ("Les epis sont a Ceres"), song for voice & piano (Poemes de Ronsard), FP 38/1
>Poulenc, Francis : Montparnasse
>Poulenc, Francis : Hyde Park ("Les faiseurs de religion"), song for voice & piano, FP 127/2
>Poulenc, Francis : Parisiana
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Notes & Reviews:

2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the passing of Edith Piaf and Francis Poulenc. The Rascal and the Sparrow brings together the art of both of these musical icons for the first time. Songs made famous by Piaf and Poulenc's own art songs are given a new voice through elegant arrangements for solo piano. Antonio Pompa-Baldi makes his Steinway label debut with this release. His own arrangements of the Poulenc songs weave through Italian composer Roberto Piana's 'elaborations' of Piaf's music, creating an ingenious and beautiful musical conversation.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia (04/26/2013-04/28/2013).

The contents of this little release are pretty much what the title suggests: what you get are piano versions of songs by Francis Poulenc and the French pop vocalist Édith Piaf. This sounds a bit contrived, but it works well for several reasons. First, Poulenc entitled one of his short piano pieces "Hommage à Édith Piaf," and the two might have met; they certainly had the filmmaker Jean Cocteau as a mutual friend. Second, there's more than a bit of French popular song in Poulenc, especially in the harmonies of his songs. Third, you might compare, as annotator Damian Fowler does in the booklet notes, the melancholy tone of Piaf's songs with a certain layer of Poulenc's music resulting from frustrations due to his status as a gay man. Fourth, and most important, the stylistic boundary is intentionally blurred. For Poulenc what you get are basically transcriptions; these are done by the pianist, Antonio Pompa-Baldi, himself. But for Piaf you get "elaborations;" these are by Roberto Piana. These are harmonically denser than the originals but retain their emotional flavor. They might be compared to George Gershwin's instrumental Song-Book, mostly minus the jazz, and they're intriguing at the very least because no one else has done anything much like them before. The concept is perfectly well executed by Pompa-Baldi. It's the kind of thing that surely depends on whether you accept the basic emotional equation. But try it; you might like it. ~ James Manheim



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>Poulenc, Francis : Les chemins de l'amour ("Les chemins qui vont"), for voice & piano (or orchestra), FP 106
  • Performer: Antonio Pompa-Baldi (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1940

>Poulenc, Francis : Improvisation for Piano no 15 in C minor, FP 176 "Hommage à Edith Piaf"
  • Performer: Antonio Pompa-Baldi (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1959

>Monnot, Marguerite : Hymne à l'amour
  • Performer: Antonio Pompa-Baldi (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Poulenc, Francis : Rosemonde ("Longtemps au pied du perron"), song for voice & piano, FP 158
  • Performer: Antonio Pompa-Baldi (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954

>Monnot, Marguerite : Un Grand Amour
  • Performer: Antonio Pompa-Baldi (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Poulenc, Francis : Berceuse ("Ton père est à la messe"), song for voice & piano (5 poèmes de Jacob), FP 59/4
  • Performer: Antonio Pompa-Baldi (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1931

>Poulenc, Francis : Reine des mouettes, song for voice & piano (Métamorphoses), FP 121/1
  • Performer: Antonio Pompa-Baldi (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1943

>Poulenc, Francis : Métamorphoses (3)
  • Performer: Antonio Pompa-Baldi (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1943

>Guglielmi, Louis : La vie en rose, song
  • Performer: Antonio Pompa-Baldi (Piano)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Édith Piaf (1915 - 1963), Louis Louiguy (1916 - 1991).
  • Running Time: 2 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1946

>Monnot, Marguerite : Les Amants d'un Jour
  • Performer: Antonio Pompa-Baldi (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Poulenc, Francis : Deux poèmes de Louis Aragon :: C
  • Performer: Antonio Pompa-Baldi (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1943

>André Bernheim : Paris
  • Performer: Antonio Pompa-Baldi (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Bouquet, Julien : Je Sais Comment
  • Performer: Antonio Pompa-Baldi (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Poulenc, Francis : Le pont ("Deux dames le long du fleuve"), song for voice & piano (2 mélodies d'Apollinaire), FP 131/
  • Performer: Antonio Pompa-Baldi (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1946

>Monnot, Marguerite : Mon légionnaire, for piano solo
  • Performer: Antonio Pompa-Baldi (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2007

>Poulenc, Francis : Je n'ai envie que de t'aimer, song for voice & piano (Tel jour, telle nuit), FP 86/7
  • Performer: Antonio Pompa-Baldi (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936

>Monnot, Marguerite : Left Bank (Ç'est à Hambourg), song
  • Performer: Antonio Pompa-Baldi (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Poulenc, Francis : Couplets bachiques ("Je suis tant que dure le jour"), song for voice & piano (Chansons gaillardes),
  • Performer: Antonio Pompa-Baldi (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1925-1926

>Poulenc, Francis : Nos souvenirs qui chantent, song for voice & piano, FP 182
  • Performer: Antonio Pompa-Baldi (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Dumont, Charles : Non, je ne regrette rien (No, I Regret Nothing), song
  • Performer: Antonio Pompa-Baldi (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.

>Dumont, Charles : Mon Dieu (My God), song
  • Performer: Antonio Pompa-Baldi (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.

>Poulenc, Francis : Huit chansons polonaises :: Le départ
  • Performer: Antonio Pompa-Baldi (Piano)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1925-1926

>Poulenc, Francis : Huit chansons polonaises :: Le dernier mazour
  • Performer: Antonio Pompa-Baldi (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1925-1926

>Poulenc, Francis : Attributs ("Les épis sont à Cérès"), song for voice & piano (Poémes de Ronsard), FP 38/1
  • Performer: Antonio Pompa-Baldi (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1924

>Poulenc, Francis : Montparnasse
  • Performer: Antonio Pompa-Baldi (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1941-1945

>Poulenc, Francis : Hyde Park ("Les faiseurs de religion"), song for voice & piano, FP 127/2
  • Performer: Antonio Pompa-Baldi (Piano)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1945

>Poulenc, Francis : Parisiana :: Vous n'écrivez plus?
  • Performer: Antonio Pompa-Baldi (Piano)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954