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Windy Day near Blainville by Rosemary Hunt (1937-2003)
Reproduced by kind permission of Richard Townley
Track(s) taken from CDA67725
Recording details: November 2007
St Martin's Church, East Woodhay, Berkshire, United Kingdom
Produced by Philip Hobbs
Engineered by Philip Hobbs
Release date: August 2008
Total duration: 4 minutes 1 seconds

La lettre du jardinier
First line:
Je prends la plume pour vous donner des nouvelles
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Introduction
Marcel Tournier (1879–1951) was a celebrated harpist–composer who contributed generously to the harp repertoire. It is clear that Tournier was a master of his instrument and he makes much of the harp’s unique vocabulary. In the charming song La lettre du jardinier he sets words by Henry Bataille in a letter of gentle seduction: he describes the garden full of flowers and beauty—all waiting for Mademoiselle to return to complete their joy, ‘for the garden without you’ is like ‘a tree with no nest’. This is in some senses the most Romantic work in this programme, and Tournier allows the harp lush harmonies and an abundance of notes, worthy of a verdant garden.

from notes by Alison Nicholls 2008

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