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Collection - An Evening in Paris: Film Music CD Reviews- January 2001

January 2001 Film Music CD Reviews

Film Music Editor: Ian Lace
Music Webmaster Len Mullenger

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An Evening in Paris  
  Richard Hayman and his orchestra
  NAXOS Light Classics 8.555009   [64:54]

Just the ticket to push away mid-winter blues, this delightful album encourages one to look forward to April and Paris in the spring. The collection brims with familiar tunes that you will recognise even if you don't know their titles. So many have been quoted in countless films set in the 'City of Lights'. There is Wal Berg's infectious Montmartre; Marchetti's romantic Fascination, Ferrari's haunting Domino - both complete with accordions, plus Louiguy's La vie en rose Piaf's timeless theme song, Kosma's nostalgic Autumn Leaves and Charles Trenet's biggest hit from 1945, La Mer. Ferré's Paris Conalle is Parisian joie de vivre, and its romance is epitomised by Moretti's Under the Roofs of Paris. As an antidote, there is a stirring march from Planquette, Sambre et Meuse. A military presence is strong in Offenbach's Genevieve Galop but the Paris of the nightclubs is also hinted at in this sparkling piece.

The most substantial track is 'The World of Legrand'. Included in this potpourri, are 'The Summer Knows' from Summer of '42 and 'The Windmills of Your Mind' from The Thomas Crown Affair. Bécaud's Parisian Medley includes Cole Porter's I Love Paris and Bécaud's own What Now My Love?

A real tonic

Ian Lace


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