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First line:
Nina, ton sourire
1882; in collaboration with his brother Lucien; No 13 of Vingt mélodies; à Madame la comtesse Hugo
1882; in collaboration with his brother Paul; No 13 of Vingt mélodies; à Madame la comtesse Hugo
author of text
1851; Cantate de Bettine, from Bettine

This poem only appeared in later editions of Musset’s work; it is taken from the comedy Bettine (1851), and the poet’s title was originally Cantate de Bettine, not Sérénade. Like the more famous Venise, this poem is a reflection of Musset’s Italian enthusiasms. The Hillemachers’ music is whimsically charming; one is reminded of Hugo Wolf’s contemporary Italienische Serenade and, at times, the delightful lolloping gait of Chopin’s third Ballade for piano.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 2006
English: Richard Stokes


L'invitation au voyage – Mélodies from La belle époque


Track 19 on CDA67523 [2'09]

Track-specific metadata for CDA67523 track 19

Recording date
4 August 2004
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
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