At Carnegie Hall 1957

Edith Piaf
FORMAT: Audio CD - 2 Disc
Release date: 13 Sep 2010

"Those who are used to hearing 'The Little Sparrow' in aching, melancholy mode will be surprised by this historic concert at Carnegie Hall where she appeared with a full orchestra and choir, and that on ocassion she speaks and in English."

CAT No: FVDD069UPC TEXT: 5055311000695

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There is a memorable photograph of Edith Piaf performing at Carnegie Hall in January 1957. She is a tiny figure, not five foot tall and perhaps seven stone, wearing a simple, dark dress on a vast stage and we can see hundreds of people intently watching her. Her records were great, still are, but it was on stage that she truly revealed her compelling personality. Piaf’s concert at the Manhattan venue was a triumph on a par with her famed concerts at the Paris Olympia. She was working with her regular conductor, Robert Chauvigny, and Piaf could choose from over 100 of his arrangements for orchestra and choir.

Sometimes intentionally, sometimes accidentally, her songs often reflected the tragedies in her life and Piaf poured her feelings into them. No other performer, not even Billie Holiday, Judy Garland or Shirley Bassey, has performed with such intensity. You can appreciate the feelings in her songs even if you don’t know the language, but for this concert Piaf speaks and sings in English on occasion, making this album (first released in 1977) one that is particularly cherished by her many fans worldwide. Now, for the first time, the entire album can be purchased on CD.



  1. C’est pour ça (Edith Piaf)
  2. Je t’ai dans la peau (Edith Piaf)
  3. Les amants d’un jour (Lovers for a day) (Edith Piaf)
  4. Les grognards (Edith Piaf)
  5. C’est a Hambourg (Edith Piaf)
  6. Miséricorde (Heaven have mercy) (Edith Piaf)
  7. La goualante du pauvre Jean (Edith Piaf)
  8. Padam…Padam (Edith Piaf)
  9. Les feuilles mortes (Autumn leaves) (Edith Piaf)
  10. Mariage (from the film, Étoile sans lumière) (Edith Piaf)


  1. Un jeune homme chantait (The highway) (Edith Piaf)
  2. La fête continue (Edith Piaf)
  3. Heureuse (Edith Piaf)
  4. Le petit homme (One little man) (Edith Piaf)
  5. L’homme à la moto (Edith Piaf)
  6. Je n’en connais pas la fin (A merry go round) (Edith Piaf)
  7. Télégramme (Edith Piaf)
  8. L’accordeoniste (Edith Piaf)
  9. Hymne a l’amour (If you love me, really love me) (Edith Piaf)
  10. Bravo pour le clown (Edith Piaf)
  11. La vie en rose (Edith Piaf)
  12. Monsieur Saint Pierre (Edith Piaf)