By placing a passel of Piaf's originals at the beginning of this excellent three-act soundtrack, inevitably anything that follows her set will have a hard time holding up. But the score for this beautiful movie can stand on its own, and fulfills the promise, so often abused, that film offers the last great hope for orchestral music. This short set tastefully reflects on moments of melancholy and transcendence and is, occasionally, breathtaking.
The other amazing thing about this soundtrack that makes it worth having, even alongside one or two other Piaf collections you may already own, is the rich re-mastering of many of Piaf's signature tracks. I never knew it could be done with such technical proficiency while retaining the general tone and atmosphere of the recordings that, along with Piaf's timeless singing, makes them immortal.
If only her original French "La Vie en Rose" and a few others had also been remastered and included as well, but that was clearly outside the scope of this project. What's here is wonderful, even among the (quite understandably) weaker "third act" interpretations.