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 “Charles Aznavour – Et pourtant” 

21 Apr



Aznavour was already familiar with performing on stage by the time he began his career as a musician. At the age of nine, he had roles in a play called Un Petit Diable à Paris and a film entitled La Guerre des Gosses.[21] Aznavour then turned to professional dancing and performed in several nightclubs. In 1944, he and actor Pierre Roche began a partnership and in collaborative efforts performed in numerous nightclubs. It was through this partnership that Aznavour began to write songs and sing. The partnership’s first successes were in Canada in 1948-1950. Meanwhile, Aznavour wrote his first song entitled J’ai Bu in 1950.[21]

During the early stages of his career, Aznavour opened for Edith Piaf at the Moulin Rouge. Piaf then advised Aznavour to pursue a career in singing. Piaf helped Aznavour develop a distinctive voice that stimulated the best of his abilities.[21]


Sometimes described as “France’s Frank Sinatra”,[10] Aznavour sings frequently about love. He has written musicals and about more than eight hundred songs, and made more than one hundred records. Aznavour’s voice is shaded towards the tenor range, but possesses the low range and coloration more typical of a baritone, contributing to his unique sound. Aznavour speaks and sings in many languages (French, English, Italian, Spanish, German, Russian, Armenian, Neapolitan), which has helped him perform at Carnegie Hall, in the USA, and other major venues around the world. He also recorded at least one song from the 18th century Armenian poet Sayat Nova, and a popular song, Im Yare[22] in Armenian. Que C’est Triste Venise, sung in French, Italian (Com’è Triste Venezia), Spanish (Venecia Sin Ti), English (How Sad Venice Can Be), and German (Venedig in Grau), is one of Aznavour’s most famous multilingual songs.
In 1974, Aznavour became a major success in the United Kingdom where his song “She” went to Number One in the charts three times faster than anyone else’s. His other well-known song in the UK was “Dance in the Old Fashioned Way”.[23]

Aznavour and Norwegian singer Sissel Kyrkjebø performing in Vienna

Artists who have recorded his songs and collaborated with Aznavour include Édith Piaf, Fred Astaire, Frank Sinatra (Aznavour was one of the rare European singers invited to duet with him[24]), Andrea Bocelli, Bing Crosby, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan (he named Aznavour among the greatest live performers he’s ever seen),[25][26] Liza Minnelli, Mia Martini, Elton John, Dalida, Serge Gainsbourg, Josh Groban, Petula Clark, Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey, José Carreras, Laura Pausini, Nana Mouskouri and Julio Iglesias. Fellow French pop legend Mireille Mathieu has sung and recorded with Aznavour on numerous occasions. In 1974, Jack Jones recorded an entire album of Aznavour compositions entitled “Write Me A Love Song, Charlie”, re-released on CD in 2006.[27][28] Aznavour and Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti sang Gounod’s aria Ave Maria together. He performed with famed Russian cellist and friend Mstislav Rostropovich to inaugurate the French presidency of the European Union in 1995. Elvis Costello recorded “She” for the film Notting Hill. One of Aznavour’s greatest friends and collaborators from the music industry is legendary Spanish operatic tenor Plácido Domingo, who often performs his hits, most notably a solo studio recording of “Les bateaux sont partis” in 1985 and duet versions of the song in French and Spanish in 2008, as well as multiple live renditions Aznavour’s “Ave Maria”. In 1994, Aznavour performed with Domingo and Norwegian soprano Sissel Kyrkjebø at Domingo’s third annual Christmas in Vienna concert. The three singers performed a variety of carols, medleys, and duets, and the concert was televised throughout the world, as well as released on a CD internationally.[29]

Charles Aznavour in concert (1988)

At the start of autumn 2006, Aznavour initiated his farewell tour, performing in the US and Canada, and earning very positive reviews. Aznavour started 2007 with concerts all over Japan and Asia. The second half of 2007 saw Aznavour return to Paris for over 20 shows at the Palais des Congrès in Paris, followed by more touring in Belgium, the Netherlands, and the rest of France. Aznavour had repeatedly stated that this farewell tour, health permitting, would likely last beyond 2010; since then, however, Charles Aznavour has continued performing worldwide throughout the year. At 92, Aznavour is in excellent health, although admittedly 60 years on stage have made him “a little hard of hearing”.[30] He still sings in multiple languages and without persistent use of teleprompters, but typically sticks to just two or three (French and English being the primary two, with Spanish or Italian being the third) during most concerts.[31] On 30 September 2006, Aznavour performed a major concert in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia to start off the cultural season “Arménie mon amie” in France. Armenian president Robert Kocharyan and French president Jacques Chirac, at the time on an official visit to Armenia, were in front-row attendance.[32]
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Et poutant /And Yet ( English)

I know I’ll wake up one beautiful morning

A day different from all the others

And my heart will finally be set free from our love

And yet… and yet…

I’ll leave without regrets or guilt

Without any hope of returning, far away from me

Far away from those eyes and that heart

I will forever forget

Your body, your arms and your voice

My love

And yet…

Yet I only love you

And yet…

Yet I only love you

And yet…

Yet I only love you

And yet…

I’ll withdraw without a tear, without crying

The secretive ties that tear apart my skin

Set me free from you so I can find rest

And yet… and yet

I’d walk towards other skies, towards foreign lands

To forget your cruel indifference

I’ll offer my hands full of love

To happiness

And to the days, the nights, the life

Of my heart

And yet…

Yet I only love you

And yet…

Yet I only love you

And yet…

Yet I only love you

And yet…

Although I’ll have to rediscover my purpose

My nonchalance and moments of joy

That I left forever in order to escape you

And yet… and yet…

When I’m in another’s arms and have only forgotten your name

When I can reassess the future

You’ll become a hazy

Recollection for me

When my troubles, my fears, my tears

Have finished

And yet…

Yet I only love you

And yet…

Yet… yet I only love you

Yet… yet I only love you

And yet…

Yet I only love you

And yet…

 
4 Comments

Posted by on April 21, 2017 in music

 

4 responses to “ “Charles Aznavour – Et pourtant” 

  1. koolkosherkitchen

    March 24, 2017 at 11:35 am

    This is one of favorite songs of his = quintessential Aznavour!

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  2. America On Coffee

    March 24, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    Thanks for stopping in and enjoying, Koolkosherkitchen! Have a beautiful weekend!

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  3. koolkosherkitchen

    March 25, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    You too!

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  4. America On Coffee

    March 26, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    😄

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