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Si mes vers avaient des ailes

1888; transcription for cello and piano by the composer

The short transcription of Hahn’s youthful setting (1888) of Victor Hugo’s poem Si mes vers avaient des ailes (‘If my verses had wings’; the original song, dedicated to Hahn’s sister Maria, is recorded on Hyperion CDA67141/2) casts a backward glance towards the music of compatriot Léon Boëllmann (1862–1897) in its arpeggiated piano figures, its arch-shaped melodic lines and clear harmonic restraint. Hugo’s original text reflects the Romantic aspiration of the heart.

from notes by Jeremy Filsell © 2004

La courte transcription de Si mes vers avaient des ailes, une mélodie sur un poème de Victor Hugo que Hahn réalisa dans sa jeunesse, en 1888 (la version originelle, dédiée à sa sœur Maria, est disponible chez Hyperion, CDA67141/2) jette un regard sur la musique de son compatriote Léon Boëllmann (1862–1897) à travers ses figurations arpégées au piano, ses lignes mélodiques en arches et sa nette retenue harmonique. Le texte original de Hugo reflète l’aspiration romantique du cœur.

extrait des notes rédigées par Jeremy Filsell © 2004
Français: Isabelle Battioni

Das Lied Si mes vers avaient des ailes („Wenn meine Verse Flügel hätten“), das auf einem Gedicht von Victor Hugo basiert, liegt hier in einer Bearbeitung für Cello und Klavier vor (die Originalversion von 1888, der Hahns Schwester Maria gewidmet ist, ist auf Hyperion CDA67141/2 zu hören). Es handelt sich hierbei um eine Rückbesinnung auf die Musik seines Landsmannes Léon Boëllmann (1862–1897). Hervorzuheben sind die arpeggierten Klavierfiguren, die bogenartigen Melodien und die klare harmonische Zurückhaltung. In dem ursprünglichen Text Hugos wird das romantische Streben des Herzens widergespiegelt.

aus dem Begleittext von Jeremy Filsell © 2004
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel


Hahn: Chamber Music
Studio Master: CDH55379Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Hahn: Chansons grises & other songs
Hahn: Songs
The Essential Hyperion, Vol. 2
This album is not yet available for downloadHYP202CDs Super-budget price sampler — Deleted


Track 1 on CDA67141/2 CD1 [2'11] 2CDs
Track 10 on CDH55040 [2'11]
Track 11 on CDH55379 [1'53]
Track 13 on HYP20 CD2 [2'11] 2CDs Super-budget price sampler — Deleted

Track-specific metadata for CDH55379 track 11

Recording date
18 May 2003
Recording venue
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Andrew Keener
Recording engineer
Simon Eadon
Hyperion usage
  1. Hahn: Chamber Music (CDA67391)
    Disc 1 Track 11
    Release date: February 2004
    Deletion date: March 2009
    Superseded by CDH55379
  2. Hahn: Chamber Music (CDH55379)
    Disc 1 Track 11
    Release date: September 2011

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