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Nocturne

First line:
Sur ton sein pâle mon cœur dort
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Nocturne is a Lahor setting and it sets out to challenge Duparc in the way that he chose to set the words of his famous Extase. It cannot be rated a serious rival, for it does nothing to replace Duparc’s haunting music (inspired by Träume from Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder) in the ear of the listener. Nevertheless it is a highly effective song, striking that note of exquisite decadence that we find so often in Reynaldo’s music. The shade of Wagner is banished in favour of home-grown composers like Massenet. By minimising the importance of the bass line Hahn even aims at a sort of rather modern harmonic ambiguity as if to emphasise the disorientating nature of sleep.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 1996

Recordings

Hahn: Songs
CDA67141/22CDs

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Track 9 on CDA67141/2 CD1 [1'24] 2CDs

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