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La chère blessure

First line:
Comme d'un sein ouvert la main arrache une arme
composer
1900
author of text

 
A Romantic writer who won praise from none other than the redoubtable critic Charles Sainte-Beuve for her poetry, Augustine-Malvina Blanchecotte creates in La chère blessure the psychological portrayal of remorse and guilt that are actually cherished because they impel the persona back to a lover he or she once mistreated. For such dark complexities of the human heart, Reynaldo Hahn concocts wonderfully brooding, dissonance-laden harmonies against which the voice mostly murmurs on repeated pitches. When the persona sings of ripping ‘your name’ out of her heart in the past, the vault upwards at ‘arraché’ (plucked, torn, ripped) is all the more intense in the wake of the chanting that precedes it.

from notes by Susan Youens © 2015

Recordings

Hahn: Chansons grises & other songs
CDH55040
L'heure exquise
Studio Master: CDA67962Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Details

Track 18 on CDA67962 [3'20]
Track 4 on CDH55040 [3'18]

Track-specific metadata for CDH55040 track 4

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-81-04504
Duration
3'18
Recording date
28 December 1981
Recording venue
Art Workers Guild, Queen Square, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Andrew Keener
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Hahn: Songs (CDA66045)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: May 1988
    Deletion date: March 2000
    Superseded by CDH55040
  2. Hahn: Chansons grises & other songs (CDH55040)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: March 2000
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