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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA67257
Recording details: November 2000
Champs Hill, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: May 2002
Total duration: 4 minutes 6 seconds

'A vital addition to Hyperion's French song series, beautifully sung and played' (Gramophone)

‘Johnson has done much to rehabilitate the reputations of obscure composers of French Songs’ (BBC Music Magazine)

'A worthy and wonderful treat … a scintillating disc' (The Observer)

'Wonderfully idiomatic performances from singer and pianist alike, ideally recorded and presented' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)

'intrinsic artistic quality and fine performance … A tantalizing glimpse of a fine talent that deserves to be remembered as more than the sixth member of Les Six' (Fanfare, USA)

Deux Lieder romantiques, Op 20
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May 1919
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Introduction  EnglishFrançais
These two songs are written on short poems taken from the cycle ‘Le Retour’. Their romantic turn allowed me to try a stylistic renewal. Simple and direct, the first, sombre and contained, unfolds above an inexorable E flat pedal, whereas the second, more cheerful, runs in one-go in a 6/8 rhythm.
To their credit, they paved the way to a more considerable composition, the Cantate de la Prison, which, three years later, found again this intimate and tender expression oscillating between shadow and light, making an effort to escape the former and wait for the latter.

(Louis Durey, from his Catalogue Commenté, translation by Isabelle Battioni)

from notes by Graham Johnson © 2002

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