Former First Lady of France and singer songwriter Carla Bruni presents the final instalment of her three programmes where she tells her musical story, plays her favourite songs and celebrates the music of Paris.
Recorded in the same Champs-Élysées studio where she produced her most recent album, Little French Songs, she chooses music by Claude Nougaro, Stromae, Barbara, Charles Aznavour, Marianne Faithfull, The Clash and Ornella Vanoni.
The programme opens with live recordings from Carla's recent show at The Olympia, one of Paris's oldest surviving music halls, which has hosted performances by France's biggest chanteurs, including Leo Ferre, Charles Trenet and Edith Piaf. "When you sing at the Olympia, I think something else is happening. The ghosts of all the people that played and sang there come back, or maybe they just never left."
Carla describes her adopted city of Paris as "romantic and nostalgic," singling out its parks, the booksellers along the Seine and the cafes of Montparnasse as her favourite haunts. She also revisits her cameo role as a tour guide at the Rodin Museum in Woody Allen's 2011 film Midnight In Paris. "I think it was a loving ode to Paris and Woody Allen could film it the way somebody who's not French could see it."
Paris has a rich musical heritage, a pioneering centre for Classical music in the 19th Century, Jazz In 20th Century and electronic music in the 21st century. New French artists are bringing a global perspective to their music, singing in English to reach worldwide audiences.
When recording her first English language album, No Promises in 2006, Carla set the poetry of W.B. Yeats, Dorothy Parker, W.H. Auden to music, with the help of her friend and Paris resident Marianne Faithfull. "She knew absolutely all the poets I was singing. I would call her my professor when I went to see her for poetry lessons."
Carla is not only a fan of the English language, but she is keen to explore the UK too. "I could live in England by the minute," she says. "I would love to visit the castles in Scotland and to see Ireland. I'd love to visit with the kids and my man.".