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Hyperion Records

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Two Angels (c1870) by Charles Sellier (1830-1882)
Track(s) taken from CDA67141/2
Recording details: December 1995
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown & Arthur Johnson
Engineered by Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Release date: June 1996
Total duration: 2 minutes 5 seconds

Au rossignol
First line:
Viens tout près et chante
author of text

Au rossignol sets a poem by Guillot de Saix whose name we find at the end of the second Recueil in one of Hahn’s worst songs, La douce paix, an overblown thanksgiving for the end of the First World War. Here the same poet treating the same theme leaves bombast behind and inspires the composer to write one of his most simple and touching songs. The image of a nightingale singing of peace seems to touch the composer (and therefore us) far more than the visions of massed choirs evoked in the larger song.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 1996

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