Juliette Gréco Live in London 2010

 

On 21st November 2010 we went to see and listen to Juliette Gréco at the Royal Festival Hall. I was amazed by her following; the great hall was packed to the rafters. The audience hold their breath when she came in, a frail shadow walking on stage, one wondering if she would make it to the microphone stand. Her deep voice was still there to be heard. A bit hesitant at times and a couple of mistakes, but Juliette Gréco is a legend and she was protected by her aura and the public was hundred per cent behind her. She had us in the palm of her hand. She sung all the classics plus a few modern chansons inspired by today’s rebels. She even had a go at some form of rap. The public was composed of young people delighted by this icon of the Fifties’ left bank (Saint-Germain-des-Prés). When the last note was played the audience erupted in applause and gave her a standing ovation, but that was not enough and when she came back on stage she was given a second one.

Thank you Juliette Gréco for keeping the flame burning.

Long live the French Chanson.

 

 

If you are fans of Juliette Gréco, you might know many of her Chansons but you might not have come accross this recitative called Le bestiaire de Paris witten in "alexandrins" by Bernard Dimey. The poem is read by Gréco and Pierre Brasseur on an original score by Francis Lai played on the accordion. You can listen to the poem by clicking here.