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La Belle Excentrique': Patricia Petibon Sings Favorite Songs of Satie, Faure, Poulenc, Reynaldo Hahn and more / Patricia Petibon, soprano; Susan Manoff, piano

Album Summary

>Satie, Erik : Sports et Divertissements
>Ferré, Léo : Jolie môme
>Satie, Erik : La Belle Excentrique
>Poulenc, Francis : Chansons villageoises, FP 117
>Poulenc, Francis : Voyage à Paris ("Ah! la charmante chose"), song for voice & piano (Banalités), FP 107/4
>Poulenc, Francis : Hier ("Hier, c'est ce chapeau fané"), song for voice & piano (Poémes de Lalanne), FP 57/3
>Rosenthal, Manuel : Rêverie, for voice & piano (no 1, Trois poèmes de Marie Roustan)
>Rosenthal, Manuel : Pêcheur de lune, for voice & piano (no 2, Trois poèmes de Marie Roustan)
>Satie, Erik : Melodies of 1916
>Poulenc, Francis : La tragique histoire du petit René, song for voice & piano (4 chansons pour enfants), FP 75/1
>Satie, Erik : Allons-y chochotte, song for voice & piano
>Satie, Erik : Je te veux (I Want You), café-concert song for voice & piano
>Ferré, Léo : On s'aimera
>Satie, Erik : Désespoir agréable, counterpoint excercise for piano
>Fauré, Gabriel : Spleen, for voice & piano in D minor, Op. 51/3
>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Études latines
>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : A Chloris, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book II")
>Fauré, Gabriel : En sourdine, song for voice & piano (Cinq Mélodies 'de Venise'), Op. 58/2
>Poulenc, Francis : Ba, be, bi, bo, bu ("...Le chat a mis ses bottes"), song for voice & piano (La courte paille), FP 17
>Rosenthal, Manuel : L'Éléphant du Jardin des Plantes, song for voice & piano (no 2, Chansons du Monsieur Bleu)
>Rosenthal, Manuel : Fido, Fido, song for voice & piano (no 3, Chansons du Monsieur Bleu)
>Rosenthal, Manuel : Le Vieux Chameau du zoo, song for voice & piano (no 10, Chansons du Monsieur Bleu)
>Poulenc, Francis : Chanson d'Orkenise ("Par les portes d'Orkenise"), song for voice & piano (Banalités), FP 107/1
>Poulenc, Francis : Aux officiers de la garde blanche, song for voice & piano (3 poèmes de Vilmorin), FP 91/3
>Poulenc, Francis : Hôtel ("Ma chambre a la forme d'une cage"), song for voice & piano (Banilités), FP 107/2
>Cockenpot, Francine : Colchiques dans les prés (Autumn Crocuses in the Meadows), song
>Fauré, Gabriel : Les berceaux, Op. 23 no 1
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Notes & Reviews:

With this new record, soprano Patricia Petibon makes a welcome return to French repertoire on disc, exploring the fascinating world of French art song in this extraordinary new album. The record features all-time favorites by Satie, Fauré, Poulenc, Reynaldo Hahn, Manuel Rosenthal, but also popular hits by Léo Ferré. This selection takes the listener on an exciting journey of discovery: from the decadence of the cabarets of turn-of-the-century Paris to the melancholy of the 60s, from the eccentricity of the fin-de-siècle to modern-day spleen. This original program is a collection of often humorous and eccentric songs with a deeper subtext. Petibon is joined on this occasion by her accompanist and partner of many years, the superb pianist Susan Manoff, and a number of high-profile guests stemming from diverse musical backgrounds and influences, including star violinist Nemanja Radulovic and actor Olivier Py.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Berlin, Teldex Studio (09/2013).

The French soprano Patricia Petibon is known for recordings with ambitious, original programs, spaced several years apart. This is one of her most ambitious, and one of her best, even if some might find it a bit outrageous. Petibon approaches the French art song of the late 19th and 20th centuries from the perspective of popular song, suggesting that the boundary is blurry (noncontroversial in itself), and adding a few songs by Léo Ferré, the vastly underrated older contemporary of Jacques Brel. Where things start to get wild is not with the inclusion of popular songs, or even with the heavy emphasis on the music hall rhythms of songs going back as far as Gabriel Fauré. Rather, it's the forces and their shaping that startle: Petibon adds strings, accordion, and percussion to the music at will, connects songs with interludes improvised by the performers based on piano pieces by Erik Satie, several of whose works also appear in full, and generally plays fast and loose with the musical text, all while circling through a variety of moods at the same time as she moves forward through time. If you're looking at the track list and thinking that what you're getting is a set of French songs interpreted in the conventional way by a young soprano, you might want to steer clear. But if you're open to it, this album is both revelatory and hugely entertaining, and it's a fair bet that Satie and Poulenc, at least, would have loved it. ~ James Manheim



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Works Details

>Satie, Erik : Sports et Divertissements :: Les Courses
  • Performer: Susan Manoff (Piano)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914

>Ferré, Léo : Jolie môme
  • Performers: Susan Manoff (Piano); Christian-Pierre Marca (Cello); Patricia Petibon (Soprano); Olivier Py (Voice); David Venitucci (Accordion); François Verly (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1960

>Satie, Erik : La Belle Excentrique :: Grande Ritournelle
  • Performer: David Levi (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1920

>Poulenc, Francis : Chansons villageoises, FP 117 :: Les gars qui vont à la fête
  • Performers: Susan Manoff (Piano); Patricia Petibon (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1942

>Poulenc, Francis : Voyage à Paris ("Ah! la charmante chose"), song for voice & piano (Banalités), FP 107/4
  • Performers: Susan Manoff (Piano); Patricia Petibon (Soprano); David Venitucci (Accordion)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940

>Poulenc, Francis : Hier ("Hier, c'est ce chapeau fané"), song for voice & piano (Poémes de Lalanne), FP 57/3
  • Performers: Susan Manoff (Piano); Patricia Petibon (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1931

>Rosenthal, Manuel : Rêverie, for voice & piano (no 1, Trois poèmes de Marie Roustan)
  • Performers: Susan Manoff (Piano); Patricia Petibon (Soprano); François Verly (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1933

>Rosenthal, Manuel : Pêcheur de lune, for voice & piano (no 2, Trois poèmes de Marie Roustan)
  • Performers: Susan Manoff (Piano); Patricia Petibon (Soprano); François Verly (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1933

>Satie, Erik : Melodies of 1916 :: La statue de bronze
  • Performers: Susan Manoff (Piano); Patricia Petibon (Soprano); François Verly (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1916

>Poulenc, Francis : La tragique histoire du petit René, song for voice & piano (4 chansons pour enfants), FP 75/1
  • Performers: Susan Manoff (Piano); Patricia Petibon (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1934

>Satie, Erik : Sports et Divertissements :: Le Pique-nique
  • Performer: Susan Manoff (Piano)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914

>Satie, Erik : Allons-y chochotte, song for voice & piano
  • Performers: Susan Manoff (Piano); Christian-Pierre Marca (Cello); Patricia Petibon (Soprano); Olivier Py (Voice)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1905-1906

>Satie, Erik : Je te veux (I Want You), café-concert song for voice & piano
  • Performers: Susan Manoff (Piano); Christian-Pierre Marca (Cello); Patricia Petibon (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1897

>Satie, Erik : La Belle Excentrique :: Cancan grand-mondain
  • Performers: David Levi (Piano); Christian-Pierre Marca (Cello)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1920

>Ferré, Léo : On s'aimera
  • Performers: Susan Manoff (Piano); Patricia Petibon (Soprano); Nemanja Radulovic (Violin)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1966

>Satie, Erik : Désespoir agréable, counterpoint excercise for piano
  • Performer: Susan Manoff (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1908

>Fauré, Gabriel : Spleen, for voice & piano in D minor, Op. 51/3
  • Performers: Susan Manoff (Piano); Patricia Petibon (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888

>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Études latines :: Pholoé
  • Performers: Susan Manoff (Piano); Patricia Petibon (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1899-1900

>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : A Chloris, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book II")
  • Performers: Susan Manoff (Piano); Patricia Petibon (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1913

>Fauré, Gabriel : En sourdine, song for voice & piano (Cinq Mélodies 'de Venise'), Op. 58/2
  • Performers: Susan Manoff (Piano); Patricia Petibon (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1891

>Poulenc, Francis : Ba, be, bi, bo, bu ("...Le chat a mis ses bottes"), song for voice & piano (La courte paille), FP 17
  • Performers: Susan Manoff (Piano); Patricia Petibon (Soprano); François Verly (Percussion)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1960

>Rosenthal, Manuel : L'Éléphant du Jardin des Plantes, song for voice & piano (no 2, Chansons du Monsieur Bleu)
  • Performers: Susan Manoff (Piano); Patricia Petibon (Soprano); François Verly (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1934

>Rosenthal, Manuel : Fido, Fido, song for voice & piano (no 3, Chansons du Monsieur Bleu)
  • Performers: Susan Manoff (Piano); Patricia Petibon (Soprano); François Verly (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1934

>Rosenthal, Manuel : Le Vieux Chameau du zoo, song for voice & piano (no 10, Chansons du Monsieur Bleu)
  • Performers: Susan Manoff (Piano); Patricia Petibon (Soprano); François Verly (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1934

>Poulenc, Francis : Chanson d'Orkenise ("Par les portes d'Orkenise"), song for voice & piano (Banalités), FP 107/1
  • Performers: Susan Manoff (Piano); Patricia Petibon (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940

>Poulenc, Francis : Aux officiers de la garde blanche, song for voice & piano (3 poèmes de Vilmorin), FP 91/3
  • Performers: Susan Manoff (Piano); Patricia Petibon (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1937

>Poulenc, Francis : Hôtel ("Ma chambre a la forme d'une cage"), song for voice & piano (Banilités), FP 107/2
  • Performers: Susan Manoff (Piano); Patricia Petibon (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940

>Cockenpot, Francine : Colchiques dans les prés (Autumn Crocuses in the Meadows), song
  • Performers: Susan Manoff (Piano); Patricia Petibon (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Fauré, Gabriel : Les berceaux, Op. 23 no 1
  • Performers: Susan Manoff (Piano); Patricia Petibon (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1879