France -- music

Chant d'amour (Mélodies Française)

By Cecilia Bartoli

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The development of the art song in France was slower to present itself until the middle of the nineteenth century. But it was worth the wait. Bizet, Delibes, Viardot, Berlioz and Ravel reigned supreme. Bizet is best known for the opera Carmen, Delibes for his ballet music, Berlioz for his Symphonie Fantatique, and Ravel for his Bolero and other symphonic works. Only Debussy is missing from this recording. The themes are the same as songs of the Romantic Era, love and nature. The insert with the CD gives background information on the extraordinary mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli. Since this recording was made, she has developed into one of the great mezzo-sopranos. In addition, the insert contains the French lyrics with English translations.

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French Caribbean

By Putamayo

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A musical cruise of the French Caribbean with a selection of fun, upbeat zouk, compas, twoubadou, biguine and more. • Taxikreol - Mandolin' • Ralph Thamar - Me Se La • Michel Martelly - Pa Manyen Fanm Nan • Kali - Parfum des Iles • Haiti Twoubadou - Ki Demon Sa-a • Jean-Luc Alger - Man Biswenw' • Emeline Michel - Moso Manman • Zin - Kanpe Sou Yon Bit • Carimi - Ayiti • Kassav' - Rete

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French Cafe

By Putamayo

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Thirteen selections give the listener the feeling of sitting in a cafe in Paris on a lovely day. Featured performers include: Serge Gainsbourg, Barbara,Enzo Enzo,Georges Brassens, Jane Birkin, Coralie Clément, and even a young Brigitte Bardot. Who knew she could sing! • 1.Ernesto Lechner Fibre de Verre - Paris Combo • 2. Marilou Sous la Neige - Serge Gainsbourg • 3. Si la Photo Est Bonne - Barbara • 4. Juste Quelqu'un de Bien - Enzo Enzo • 5. Je M'Suis Fait Tout Petit - Georges Brassens • 6. Elaeudania Téïtéïa - Jane Birkin • 7. Mer Opale - Coralie Clément • 8. Ondulé - Mathieu Boogaerts • 9. Jour Comme un Autre - Brigitte Bardot • 10. On N'A Pas Besoin - Paris Combo • 11. Mal Ô Mains • 12. En Douce • 13. Fée Clochette

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