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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: 3 minutes 31 seconds

Soupir
First line:
Ne jamais la voir ni l'entendre
composer
1882; in collaboration with his brother Lucien; No 18 of Vingt mélodies; à Jules Massenet
composer
1882; in collaboration with his brother Paul; No 18 of Vingt mélodies; à Jules Massenet
author of text
1869; Les solitudes
author of text
1869; Les solitudes

Introduction
The composers of this music are aware of the achievements of Liszt and Wagner who employed a new and daring harmonic vocabulary, far from the Schumannian example prized by Godard. As an indication that they were not entirely carried away with Wagnerian fervour the song is dedicated to Massenet. The poem is drawn from Les solitudes of Sully Prudhomme (1869). It was unforgettably set by Henri Duparc (the composer’s second song) shortly after the poem first appeared in print. It is inconceivable that the Hillemachers were unaware of Duparc’s music, but it was very much in the spirit of the times for rival composers to ‘have a go’ with an alternative version, despite a rival’s success. It took someone of the depth of Chabrier to suppress his own Invitation au voyage once he had heard the setting by his comrade Duparc.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 2006
English: Richard Stokes

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