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Hyperion French Song Edition - Hahn / Lott, Bickley, et al

Album Summary

>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Si mes vers avaient des ailes!, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book I")
>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Paysage, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book II")
>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Rêverie, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book I")
>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Offrande, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book I")
>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Mai, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book I")
>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Infidélité, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book I")
>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Seule, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book I")
>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Les cygnes, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book I")
>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Nocturne, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book I")
>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Trois jours de vendange, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book I")
>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : D'une prison, for voice and piano (from "Melodies, Book I")
>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Séraphine, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book I")
>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Chansons grises, song cycle
>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Fêtes galantes (text by Verlaine), for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book I")
>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Rondels, cycle of 12 songs for voice (or chorus) & piano
>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Quand la nuit n'est pas étoilée, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book II")
>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Le plus beau présent, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book II")
>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Sur l'eau, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book II")
>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Le rossignol des lilas, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book II")
>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : A Chloris, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book II")
>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Ma jeunesse, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book II")
>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Puisque j'ai mis ma lèvre, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book II")
>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Études latines, cycle of 10 songs for voice & piano
>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : La nymphe de la source, for voice & piano
>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Au rossignol, for voice & piano
>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Je me souviens, for voice & piano
>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Mozart, operetta in 3 acts
>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : O mon bel inconnu, musical comedy in 3 acts
>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Ciboulette, operetta in 3 acts
>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Une revue, musical comedy in 1 act
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"The second volume of Hyperion's French Song Edition is hardly less appealing than the first. For four of the Etudes Latines Ian Bostridge joins the performers, fitting in nicely with the extreme sensitivity of the style. Graham Johnson's accompaniments are as sensitive, and his essays as detailed and perspicacious as ever." -Gramophone

'This gorgeous set ... Irresistible' (The Sunday Times)

'What treasures are here... The two discs provide an unmissable opportunity to explore a composer who is underrated and overlooked perhaps because he was too modest about himself. There are melodies here which Massenet, Debussy, Fauré and Ravel would have been proud to call their own. No one can fail to have their musical horizon broadened by these discs, which will assuredly come high among my Records of the Year, any year' (The Sunday Telegraph)

'These discs have given me as much pleasure as any I have heard this year ... to hear Felicity Lott in 'Les Etoiles', Susan Bickley in 'Offrande' and Ian Bostridge in 'Tyndaris' is to relish some of the most accomplished vocal artistry of the day' (The Sunday Telegraph)

'Ces chanteurs brittaniques interprètent ces petits bijoux avec soin touchant. Par la qualité du phrasé, ils lui restituent sa qualité essentielle, le sens du mot et de la ligne mélodique' (Répertoire, France)

'Graham Johnson choisir ses chanteurs qui possèdent une musicalité irréprochable et un français non seulement intelligible mais évocateur - et de les accompanger avec tant de poésie' (Diapason, France)

'Some fascinating rarities' (Gramophone)

'To wonderful songs ... [the artists] bring delicacy, grace, an emotion the more poignant for being understated ... Not to be missed' (The Observer)

'This is music for the intellect, interpreted with the utmost sensitivity' (Hi-Fi News)

'For the best song-singing I've heard in many moons this is the one' (Fi, USA)

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
The two cycles, Douze rondels and Etudes latines, are linked by a common fascination with the past. The Douze rondels were composed to poems in a medieval metre, which allowed Hahn to try his hand at pastiche madrigals and courtly ballads.

The Etudes latines cast their gaze back still further in time to Classical antiquity. For Hahn, that era seemed to represent the ultimate in purity and sensuality rolled into one. This collection of 10 songs is a real discovery and rivals late Fauré, both in its refinement and mesmerising simplicity of utterance. Apart from a few moments when one would like a more substantial tone, Stephen Varcoe's light baritone suits Hahn very well and he's a refreshingly unaffected interpreter, who sings with grace and feeling. Susan Bickley is better at the larger canvas of a piece like Quand la nuit n'est pas étoilée than the more intimate songs but the most celebrated pair of all Hahn's mélodies goes to Dame Felicity Lott, whose sympathy for the French style could have no happier outlet. Both Si mes vers avaient desailes and L'heure exquise are included here, the latter if not an hour, then at least two and a half minutes that are truly exquisite. They are both beautifully sung and are undisturbed by the discomfort around the top of the stave that sometimes mars Lott's singing elsewhere. At the end, she offers four operetta solos as an encore. Graham Johnson's accompaniments are as sensitive as ever. The piano could have been placed a little closer, but the voices have been well captured.



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>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Si mes vers avaient des ailes!, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book I")
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Felicity Lott
  • Notes: 01/06/1995/08/04/1995
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1888

>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Paysage, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book II")
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Stephen Varcoe
  • Notes: 01/06/1995/08/04/1995
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1890

>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Rêverie, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book I")
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Felicity Lott
  • Notes: 01/06/1995/08/04/1995
  • Running Time: 2 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Offrande, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book I")
  • Performers: Susan Bickley (Mezzo Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: 01/06/1995/08/04/1995
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1891

>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Mai, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book I")
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Stephen Varcoe
  • Notes: 01/06/1995/08/04/1995
  • Running Time: 2 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1889

>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Infidélité, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book I")
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Felicity Lott
  • Notes: 01/06/1995/08/04/1995
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1891

>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Seule, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book I")
  • Performers: Susan Bickley (Mezzo Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: 01/06/1995/08/04/1995
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Les cygnes, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book I")
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Stephen Varcoe
  • Notes: 01/06/1995/08/04/1995
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1893-1894

>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Nocturne, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book I")
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Felicity Lott
  • Notes: 01/06/1995/08/04/1995
  • Running Time: 1 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1893

>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Trois jours de vendange, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book I")
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Stephen Varcoe
  • Notes: 01/06/1995/08/04/1995
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1891

>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : D'une prison, for voice and piano (from "Melodies, Book I")
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Felicity Lott
  • Notes: 01/06/1995/08/04/1995
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1892

>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Séraphine, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book I")
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Stephen Varcoe
  • Notes: 01/06/1995/08/04/1995
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1892

>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Chansons grises, song cycle :: L'Heure exquise
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Felicity Lott
  • Notes: 01/06/1995/08/04/1995
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1887-1890

>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Fêtes galantes (text by Verlaine), for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book I")
  • Performers: Susan Bickley (Mezzo Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: 01/06/1995/08/04/1995
  • Running Time: 1 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Rondels, cycle of 12 songs for voice (or chorus) & piano
  • Performers: Susan Bickley (Mezzo Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano); Felicity Lott; Stephen Varcoe
  • Notes: 01/06/1995/08/04/1995
  • Running Time: 25 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898-1899

>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Quand la nuit n'est pas étoilée, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book II")
  • Performers: Susan Bickley (Mezzo Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: 01/06/1995/08/04/1995
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Le plus beau présent, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book II")
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Stephen Varcoe
  • Notes: 01/06/1995/08/04/1995
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral

>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Sur l'eau, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book II")
  • Performers: Susan Bickley (Mezzo Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: 01/06/1995/08/04/1995
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral

>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Le rossignol des lilas, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book II")
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Felicity Lott
  • Notes: 01/06/1995/08/04/1995
  • Running Time: 2 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral

>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : A Chloris, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book II")
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Stephen Varcoe
  • Notes: 01/06/1995/08/04/1995
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1913

>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Ma jeunesse, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book II")
  • Performers: Susan Bickley (Mezzo Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: 01/06/1995/08/04/1995
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Puisque j'ai mis ma lèvre, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book II")
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Stephen Varcoe
  • Notes: 01/06/1995/08/04/1995
  • Running Time: 4 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Études latines, cycle of 10 songs for voice & piano
  • Performers: Ian Bostridge; Chris Gould (Piano); Graham Johnson (Piano); Stephen Varcoe
  • Notes: 01/06/1995/08/04/1995
  • Running Time: 22 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1899-1900

>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : La nymphe de la source, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Susan Bickley (Mezzo Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: 01/06/1995/08/04/1995
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Au rossignol, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Felicity Lott
  • Notes: 01/06/1995/08/04/1995
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral

>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Je me souviens, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Susan Bickley (Mezzo Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: 01/06/1995/08/04/1995
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral

>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Mozart, operetta in 3 acts :: Act 2
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Felicity Lott
  • Notes: 01/06/1995/08/04/1995
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1925

>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : O mon bel inconnu, musical comedy in 3 acts :: Act 2
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Felicity Lott
  • Notes: 01/06/1995/08/04/1995
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1933

>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Ciboulette, operetta in 3 acts :: Act 2
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Felicity Lott
  • Notes: 01/06/1995/08/04/1995
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1923

>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Ciboulette, operetta in 3 acts :: Act 2
  • Performers: Susan Bickley (Mezzo Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano); Stephen Varcoe
  • Notes: 01/06/1995/08/04/1995
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1923

>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Une revue, musical comedy in 1 act :: La Dernière Valse
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Felicity Lott
  • Notes: 01/06/1995/08/04/1995
  • Running Time: 4 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1926