After devoting to the German romantic repertoire, Florian Billot opts for the resurging French music, which replies to him. With Paris (1884-1959), his first record with Aparté, he gives us the soul of a city of which he is the pure musical result.
(Florian Billot enters in 2002 the great common institution to almost all composers of the repertoire of the record, the Conservatoire de Paris). All "parisians" in their art, Franck, Debussy, Dutilleux, Ravel and Poulenc are part of the makers of musical font parti des acteurs de avant-garde, bragging rights of French elegance. From the romantism of Prélude, Choral & Fugue by César Franck, to the enlightning appeal to sensuality of Isle joyeuse by Claude Debussy - inspired by Watteau's « L'embarquement pour Cythère » -, through the clear writting of Henri Dutilleux's Sonate, Florian Billot leads us to a French musical writting treasure, clear and thoughtful: Pavane pour une infante défunte by Maurice Ravel, then closes the record with Improvisation n°15 « Hommage à Edith Piaf » by Francis Poulenc, heartfelt hommage of one of the famous Group of Six to his friend Piaf. Florian Billot offers a musical subtil and conforting musical interpretation, showing the colors of Parisian life of the early 20th century.