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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: 1 minutes 48 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)

Inscriptions sur un oranger, Op 16
composer
November 1918
author of text

Introduction  EnglishFrançais
A continuation of Epigrammes and Pétrone in their extreme conciseness, these songs comment on two little poems of slightly bland romanticism by Evariste Parny.
The engraving of two names on the bark of a tree evokes the blossoming of a love that time unties: which the second song translates in the opposite motion (descending) of the accompaniment figure (ascending in the first).
The dedicatee of these songs is Mrs Louis Alvar, in whose house I stayed twice, in Littlehampton and London in 1921 and 1922.

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

from notes by Graham Johnson © 2002

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