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Poulenc: Banalités, FP 107: No. 2, Hôtel
Francis Poulenc, Véronique Gens, Roger Vignoles
02:00
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Massenet: Manon, Act 1: "Nous vivrons à Paris tout les deux" (Des Grieux, Manon)
Jules Massenet, Roberto Alagna, Antonio Pappano, Orchestre Symphonique De La Monnaie
01:43
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Voulez ouyr les cris de Paris
Clément Janequin, Dominique Visse, Ensemble Clément Janequin
05:57
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Paris Violon - PARIS
Michel Jean Legrand, Lisa Batiashvili, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Nikoloz Rachveli
04:20
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J'ai deux amours
Joséphine Baker
03:10
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April In Paris
Sarah Vaughan, Clifford Brown
06:14
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L'amour, l'amour, l'amour
Bon Entendeur, Mouloudji
03:07
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Louise / Act 3: "Depuis le jour"
Gustave Charpentier, Montserrat Caballé, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Reynald Giovaninetti
06:15
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La parisienne
Christophe Maé
03:26
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L'Europe Galante - Suite de Ballet: La France: Air. Un berger "Soupirons tous"
André Campra, Gustav Leonhardt
03:32
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From Paris With Love - Single Version
Melody Gardot
04:46
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Ma mère l'oye, M.60: 5. Le Jardin féerique: Lent et grave
Maurice Ravel, Martha Argerich, Nelson Freire, Peter Sadlo, Edgar Guggeis
03:17
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La Complainte de la butte
Cora Vaucaire
03:04
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Symphony No. 85 in B-Flat Major, Hob. I:85 "La reine": I. Adagio - Vivace
Franz Joseph Haydn, New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein
08:31
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La valse
Les Négresses Vertes
01:30
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La nuit
Bon Entendeur, MC Solaar
03:08
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Le marais - Folamour Remix
Shazz, Folamour
05:06
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Spaguette - Original Mix
Sébastien Léger, Heartik
07:40
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Je ne suis pas parisien
Aïoli
03:20
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Viderunt Omnes
Pérotin, The Hilliard Ensemble
11:36
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"Marche de triomphe et Second air de trompette" in D Major: I. Marche de triomphe
Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Musica Antiqua Köln, Reinhard Goebel
02:30
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Symphonie pour orgue No. 5, Op. 42 No. 1: 5. Toccata
Charles-Marie Widor, Pierre Cochereau
04:48
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Un Monde Nouveau
Feu! Chatterton
05:01
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Paris Summer
Nancy Sinatra, Lee Hazlewood
02:58
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La bohème, SC 67 / Act 1: "O soave fanciulla"
Giacomo Puccini, Luciano Pavarotti, Mirella Freni, Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan
04:12
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Sous le ciel de Paris
Édith Piaf
03:33
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Paris au mois d'août
Charles Aznavour
03:24
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La Traviata, Act III: Parigi, o cara, noi lasceremo
Francesco Molinari-Pradelli, Renata Tebaldi, Gianni Poggi
07:24
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Revoir Paris
Charles Trenet
03:01
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La vie parisienne / Acte I: À Paris nous arrivons en masse (Chœur) - Je suis brésilien, j'ai de l'or (Rondo du Brésilien) - Nous venons, arrivons, de tous les pays du monde (Final)
Jacques Offenbach, Dario Moreno, Jean Paredes, Renee Doria, Grand Choeur De René Alix, Grand Orchestre De Rene Alix, Marcel Cariven
03:59

From Paris with Love

Paris will always be Paris. A journey from Bohemia into the more chic districts, from the frenzy of Offenbach to the mischief of Montmartre, from the balls in Bastille to the clubs of the Marais. And not forgetting Notre Dame and the Paris Opera, of course!

‘Je ne suis pas parisien(n)e ça me gêne, ça me gêne’ (I am not Parisian, it embarasses/annoys me) sang Marie-Paule Belle, as well as Aïoli in a cover. Whether you were born there or not, every French person (and a great many people from outside of France) have, at one time or another, been to Paris. It is a strange phenomena when people are drawn to the capital like moths towards a flame. Paris is a mirage of possibility, a summit where dreams might come true, like for one of Balzac’s heroes. Paris offers everyone a kind of freedom not always allowed in the countryside. Paris will always be Paris – a maxim lodged deep in the French psyche.

For centuries, the city has dominated in the fields of art and music. The city would have been nothing without Notre Dame. In its school during the Middle Ages, Pérotin and Léonin developed the polyphony from which Western music grew. Notre Dame is also home to a splendid organ, an absolute must-visit for fans of the fanfare (though the reconstruction is still in progress). Paris attracted Mozart, who stayed there, and Haydn, who worshiped it. In the operas, Paris is a woman. She is Manon, the young provincial rascal who goes on to make a name for herself with her lover Des Grieux. A city of pleasure, it was a roost for high-flying sex workers, like Violetta in Traviata

If Paris is a party, then we mustn’t forget the inevitable hangovers. She is Mimi in La Bohème, the TB-ridden muse of poets and poverty-stricken artists. She is the hard-working Louise, a working class figure essential to mirror the chic of the upper classes. The city is sung about by tragic rebels such as Cora Vaucaire and Edith Piaf. Rich or poor, everyone hangs their lovers' locks where the Seine sparkles with all the colors of Ravel. This is where people come to get engaged because, from Tokyo to Miami, they have heard Charles Trenet and Aznavour extol their love for the place. 

Paris is a haven, open to those despised elsewhere. Josephine Baker and other Black jazz players found a place where they could thrive without constraint. The ‘cris de Paris’ (phrases shouted by merchants whilst selling their wares) can still be heard in song, and their cheekiness, and indeed snobbery, is very amusing – listen to those transcribed under François I by Janequin and under François Mitterrand by the Négresses Vertes. 

In Paris you never stop dancing throughout those nights that stretch til dawn, à la MC Solaar. Paris will always be Paris, even if – as Feu! Chatterton reminds us – it’s a new world.

 

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