Reynaldo Hahn Piano Works - - Laure Favre-Kahn, Piano Classical Music CD

Reynaldo Hahn Piano Works Laure Favre-Kahn, Pianist

Premières Valses (1898) [1] Invitation à la Valse 0:53 [2] 1. Avec élégance 1:30 [3] 2. Allegretto con moto 1:37 [4] 3. “Ninette” – Très, très vite 0:47 [5] 4. Avec du mouvement 1:14 [6] 5. Pas vite, simplement (à l’Ombre rêveuse de Chopin) 2:01 [7] 6. Assez vite 1:39 [8] 7. “Berceau” – Modéré 1:40 [9] 8. Pas vite 2:18 [10] 9. “La Feuille" – Un peu languissant 2:10 [11] 10. Sans rigueur (“…Le Plaisir vaporeux fuira vers l’horizon…” – Baudelaire) 3:37

Portraits de Peintres, d’après les poésies de Marcel Proust (1896) [12] 1. Albert Cuyp 3:56 [13] 2. Paulus Potter 1:49 [14] 3. Anton van Dyck 2:20 [15] 4. Antoine Watteau 3:11

Orient, extrait de l’Album d’un Voyageur (1909) [16] 1. En caïque 2:57 [17] 2. Narghilé 3:06 [18] 3. Les chiens de Galata 3:24 [19] 4. Rêverie nocturne sur le Bosphore 3:10 [20] 5. La rose de Blida 2:09 [21] 6. L’oasis 2:05

Sonatine, en Ut Majeur (1907) [22] 1. Allegro non troppo 4:41 [23] 2. Andantino rubato 6:30 [24] 3. Final (en forme de Tambourin) 3:31

Total time 62:26

It was in the context of the elegant life of the Belle Époque that Reynaldo Hahn’s sensibility and style were formed. His precocious talent, coupled with extraordinary personal charm, enabled Hahn to become, already as an adolescent, a celebrated presence in the late 19th-century salons of Paris. Ironically, those same salons sealed his posthumous fate. His music is, virtually by definition, “musique de salon,” and with that comes an implication of lightness, of the pursuit of pleasure in art. Not one to indulge in an academic approach to composition, Reynaldo Hahn noted, with characteristic wit: “Heaviness, boredom, those one must avoid at all cost. The Muses do not wear glasses.”




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