Barbara Papendorp | Taking Requests: From Paris to Porter

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Taking Requests: From Paris to Porter

by Barbara Papendorp

Barbara Papendorp and musical director/accompanist Amy Conley take you on musical journey to Paris through songs ranging from Piaf to Pink Martini, Aznavour to Gershwin...and then spend some time over cocktails with some favorites of Cole Porter.
Genre: Easy Listening: Crooners/Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. I Love Paris/Sous le Ciel de Paris
2:58 $0.99
2. Sympatique
2:48 $0.99
3. Someone to Watch Over Me
4:45 $0.99
4. For Me, Formidable
2:10 $0.99
5. La Vie En Rose
2:59 $0.99
6. Et Maintenant
4:03 $0.99
7. Let's Do It
2:55 $0.99
8. Thank You So Much Mrs. Lowsboro Goodby
2:09 $0.99
9. Friendship
1:58 $0.99
10. You Do Something To Me
2:49 $0.99
11. The Physician
3:15 $0.99
12. Every Time We Say Goodbye
3:48 $0.99
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Album Notes
Why Do I Love Paris? (and for that matter, Porter?)

"Taking Requests: From Paris to Porter" has been simmering on the back burner for some time. Having lived in Paris as a child, I love rediscovering the CIty of Lights as an adult through the songs of Edith Piaf, Charles Aznavour and Gilbert Becaud, to name only a few. I just love Paris! And so does Cole Porter (he even wrote a song or two about that). I've always been drawn to the wit and romance of his work, and it was as I developed my various cabarets celebrating Paris and Porter that "Taking Requests" took shape.
I thank those who came before me for their artistry, inspiration and guidance. I am grateful to my friends and family for their unwavering support and to my fellow artists with whom I collaborate.
And I thank you, dear listener, in joining me. Enjoy!



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Great CD
The whole CD is a great compilation of beautiful melodies. I play it while doing yoga and it definitely creates a relaxing ambience; I only need to close my eyes and I found myself in the middle of Paris. Barbara is blessed with a beautiful voice, I definitely recommend Taking Request: From Paris to Porter.

Chris Griffin

La Vie est une Cabaret
Great choice of familiar songs and some forgotten gems make this a great cabaret album.

Graham Pilato

Sweet Paris Porter and Fun Porter
Barbara Papendorp's voice is both playful and warm, and she fills the CD with wit and charm. Take this album with you to a quiet night alone or with a friend. La Vie En Rose and You Do Something to Me are standouts.

Jill Louise Leger

Barbara Swings!
A perfect gift for anyone--ANYONE--on your holiday list. It's that classic.

Gentle humour and heartfelt, sumptuous jazz stylings combine to create this valentine to Papendorp’s two muses, Paris and Cole Porter— with half the cuts comprising French cabaret standards and the other half an unexpected mix of showtunes by Porter (who also happened to like Paris). The listener senses something special in store from the first elegant tinklings of Amy Conley’s piano accompaniment, captured richly by sound engineer Jeff Gruber. Then come Papendorp's splendid vocals, which, combined with her natural versatility, lend contemporary elegance to Gilbert Bécaud and Pierre Delanoe’s “Et Maintenant,” wry humour to Porter’s “Thank You So Much Mrs. Lowsboro Goodby” and heartbreaking sincerity to a gorgeous French version of the Gershwins’ “Someone To Watch Over Me.” In the final two tracks alone, Papendorp shifts effortlessly from Porter’s outrageously silly “The Physician” to his astoundingly sad “Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye.” She also masters the breeze and sophistication of Pink Martini's “Symaptique,” even while accompanying herself on the kazoo.

Papendorp's joie de vivre? Matchless.



Quelle chanteuse! This is a great CD and I am so thankful I found it! Perfect music for any time you want to chill out (with a little swing) and enjoy. Barbara has a beautiful voice. Highly recommend.

Seth Kibel

Fabulous job
Vocalizing with only a solo piano to accompany you is one of the most unforgiving of settings for a vocalist. Every nuance (and flaw) can be easily revealed. Nonetheless, Barbara Papendorp rises to the occasion, offering up a highly skilled and entertaining set of both French melodies and Cole Porter classics, some familiar, and some less so. And on those moments when pianist Amy Conley harmonizes, it'll trigger those elusive goosebumps on yer arms.