Patricia Petibon & Susan Manoff – La Belle Excentrique (2014) [Qobuz FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Patricia Petibon & Susan Manoff – La Belle Excentrique (2014) 
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 01:04:35 minutes | 1,18 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Booklet, Front Cover | © Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

With her new record „La Belle Excentrique“, soprano Patricia Petibon makes a welcome return to French repertoire, exploring the fascinating world of French art song in this extraordinary new album. The album 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.

This is a wonderful new release from one of DG’s key vocalists. Featuring music of exceptional variety and contrast, it showcases Petibon’s versatility and multi-faceted artistry in an intimate setting as never before, while paying homage to the great tradition of French mélodie and chanson.

“Montmartre frivolity, Left Bank ennui: places and epochs are clearly pinpointed as Petibon’s wonderfully bright, firm voice, backed by Susan Manoff’s piano and guests of all stripes…Petibon’s 29 tracks form a beguiling tapestry, ingeniously scattered with musical flourishes that only increase the party spirit.” (The Times)


01. Satie: Sports et Divertissements-Les Courses
02. Ferré: Jolie môme
03. Satie: La Belle Excentrique (fantasie sérieuse)-Version for four-handed piano-Grand ritournelle
04. Poulenc: Chansons villageoises-2. Les gars qui vont à la fête
05. Poulenc: Banalités-4. Voyage à Paris
06. Poulenc: Trois poèmes de Louise Lalanne-3. Hier
07. Rosenthal: Trois Poémes de Marie Roustan-1. Rêverie
08. Rosenthal: Trois Poémes de Marie Roustan-2. Pêcheur de Lune
09. Satie: 3 Mélodies (1916)-2. La statue de bronze
10. Poulenc: Quatre chansons pour enfants-1. La tragique histoire du petit René
11. Satie: Sports et Divertissements-Le Picnic
12. Satie: Allons-y, chochotte!
13. Satie: Je te veux
14. Satie: La Belle Excentrique (fantasie sérieuse)-Version for four-handed piano-3. Cancan grand-mondain
15. Ferré: On s’aimera
16. Satie: Six Pièces de la période 1906-1913-1. Désespoir agréable
17. Fauré: 4 Mélodies, Op.51-3. Spleen
18. Hahn: 10 Études latines-8. Pholoé
19. Hahn: 20 Mélodies, 2e recueil-14. À Chloris
20. Fauré: Cinq Melodies ‘de Venise’, Op.58 (1891)-II: En sourdine
21. Poulenc: La Courte Paille-4. Ba, Be, Bi, Bo, Bu
22. Rosenthal: Chansons du monsieur Bleu-2. L’Éléphant du Jardin des Plantes
23. Rosenthal: Chansons du monsieur Bleu-3. Fido, fido
24. Rosenthal: Chansons du monsieur Bleu-10. Le vieux chameau du Zoo
25. Poulenc: Banalités-1. Chanson d’Orkenise
26. Poulenc: Trois poèmes de Louise de Vilmorin-3. Aux officiers de la garde blanche
27. Poulenc: Banalités-2. Hôtel
28. Cockenpot: Colchique dans les prés
29. Fauré: Three Melodies for Voice and Piano, Op.23-1. Les berceaux

Patricia Petibon, soprano
Susan Manoff, piano
Additional musicians:
David Levi, piano (on tracks 3, 14)
Olivier Py, vocals (on tracks 2, 12)
Christian-Pierre La Marca, cello (on tracks 12, 13, 24)
Nemanja Radulovic ́, violin (on track 15)
David Venitucci, accordion (on tracks 2, 5)
François Verly, percussion (on tracks 2, 7-9, 21-24)