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Le temps des lilas

composer
1886
author of text

 
Self-critical and pessimistic, the late nineteenth-century French composer Ernest Chausson wrote beautiful songs before his early death in a freak bicycle accident. Le temps des lilas is perhaps Chausson’s most famous song, the essence of nostalgia for all that slips away from us as time goes by. The writer Camille Mauclair once described Chausson as having the appearance of someone ‘rising from mid-dream and taking a step towards reality … he was one of those who concern themselves their entire lives with their inner existence’, and we hear in this song a pattern typical of this composer: a beginning in elegiac melancholy, anguish and turbulence in the middle section, and a return to opening strains now made even more haunting at the close.

from notes by Susan Youens © 2015

Recordings

L'heure exquise
Studio Master: CDA67962NEWStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Chausson: Songs
CDA67321/22CDs Last few CD copies remaining
My Garden
CDA66937Archive ServiceDownload currently discounted

Details

Track 8 on CDA67962 [4'11] NEW
Track 14 on CDA67321/2 CD1 [4'20] 2CDs Last few CD copies remaining
Track 14 on CDA66937 [4'45] Archive Service

Track-specific metadata for CDA67321/2 disc 1 track 14

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-00-32114
Duration
4'20
Recording date
11 November 1999
Recording venue
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Chausson: Songs (CDA67321/2)
    Disc 1 Track 14
    Release date: March 2001
    2CDs Last few CD copies remaining
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