La Belle Epoque: The Songs of Reynaldo Hahn

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La Belle Epoque: The Songs of Reynaldo Hahn
Susan Graham (mezzo-soprano) / Roger Vignoles (piano)

[ Sony Classical / CD ]

Release Date: Wednesday 30 April 2008

Lyric mezzo-soprano Susan Graham stands out from the crowd for her expressive, opulent voice and communicative gifts. Graham sings sensitively and idiomatically in this group of 24 songs by Reynaldo Hahn (1875-1947), a Venezuelan-born, French-reared composer and conductor who knew how to craft a song like few others. In such lovely songs as "A Chloris," which opens the album, and "Je me souviens," Hahn creates a bevy of beautiful little worlds, which Graham and the outstanding pianist Roger Vignoles present in memorable form. This album belongs in the collection of all lovers of song.

Tracks:

A Chloris
Le rossignol des lilas
L'Enamourée
Trois jours de vendange
Etudes latines, Lydé
Etudes latines, Tyndaris
Etudes latines, Phyllis
Les fontaines
L'Automne
Infidélité
Dans la nuit
D'une prison
Quand la nuit n'est pas étoilée
Fumée
Le printemps
Je me souviens
Quand je fus pris au pavillon
Paysage
Fêtes galantes
Nocturne
Mai
Chansons grises
L'Heure exquise
Offrande
Si mes vers avaient des ailes