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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA67523
Recording details: August 2004
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: June 2006
Total duration: 1 minutes 56 seconds

'A disc to treasure' (BBC Music Magazine)

'John Mark Ainsley understands the idiom of these beguiling songs and delivers them with grace, fluency and clear diction … Graham Johnson's playing is as vivid and piquant as his booklet notes. A delectable disc' (The Daily Telegraph)

'Ainsley—urbane, sexy and witty throughout—is at his absolute best' (The Guardian)

'Graham Johnson is quite literally changing the way we hear French mélodie. What a voyage to be invited to join!' (International Record Review)

'How does Graham Johnson do it? Once again, he has explored territory that few today have even considered worthy of investigation, and once again, he has come up with an extraordinary CD' (Fanfare, USA)

'One of the finest examples of Gallic song performance' (MusicWeb International)

'Comme toujours, John Mark Ainsley touche à la perfection tant par le style que pour son impeccable diction, et Graham Johnson poursuit en maître artisan son indefatigable exploration du monde du lied et de la mélodie' (Diapason, France)

Chanson du berger, Op 11 No 5
First line:
J'aime, et je ne puis exprimer
Madame Rosine Laborde
author of text

One of Godard’s best-loved songs (recorded by Maggie Teyte and Gerald Moore) was the Chanson d’Estelle to a text by the eighteenth-century poet Jean-Pierre Claris de Florian (always known by his surname alone). The Chanson du berger, with a left-hand drone suggestive of folk music and the instruments of a village band, is a masculine pendant to that well-known piece for soprano.

from notes by Graham Johnson 2006
English: Richard Stokes

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