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First line:
Quand je chemine, le soir
author of text

'Hahn: Songs' (CDA67141/2)
Hahn: Songs
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Séraphine is another twilit evocation of the kind in which Hahn excels. The original Heine poem (‘Wandl’ ich in dem Wald des Abends’) is from a collection called Verschiedene (‘Sundry Women’). For two bars the vocal line continues on one note—this, combined with the formula of the undulating arpeggios, provides a neutral background, like the anonymous murmurings of nightfall. And then on the word ‘rêveuse’ the voice plunges down a fifth and once again Hahn has worked his spell of seeming to create a real tune out of very little. A minimum amount of movement in the voice part seems to spin a line of the greatest eloquence—a type of trompe l’oreille where a complete musical picture is created with only a few deft strokes of outline.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 1996

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA67141/2 disc 1 track 12
Recording date
22 December 1995
Recording venue
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown & Arthur Johnson
Recording engineer
Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Hahn: Songs (CDA67141/2)
    Disc 1 Track 12
    Release date: June 1996
    2CDs Please, someone, buy me …
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