This recording is magnificently programmed, beautifully researched and lovingly performed.
A musical "Midnight in Paris" it harkens back to the overly active hot Paris Jazz era scene, a successful chapter in recreation here.
From the Editorial review:
The cabaret Le Boeuf Sur le Toit (literally The Ox on the Roof ) was a hotspot and melting pot of Parisian and international culture in the 1920s. As Tharaud explains: Every evening you would come across composers like Maurice Ravel, Erik Satie and the members of Les Six...even Stravinsky! There were French popular singers like Maurice Chevalier, Yvonne Georges, Kiki de Montparnasse and then, among the throng, lots of artists, such as Man Ray, Diaghilev, Coco Chanel, Georges Simenon...though they came from different worlds, everybody on the Paris scene came to Le Boeuf Sur le Toit for jazz and new music amidst the excitement of the Roaring Twenties. The cabaret s importance in the history of jazz can be gauged by its immortalization in the French term for having a jam session, faire le boeuf .
Having great musical assets himself Alexandre Tharaud, surrounds himself with brilliantly chosen collaborators and delivers a generous offering 26 songs (a plus in this case, as I didn't want the CD to end.) Let's hope for a sequel.