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Les papillons
The poem is from Gautier’s La comédie de la mort (1838). Although Paladilhe’s song of 1873 cannot match the sheer pianistic ingenuity of the famous Chausson setting of these words (1880) it has other strengths. Chausson quickly passes over the eastern provenance of these exotic butterflies (as exotic as the same composer’s humming bird—Le colibri) that surround the poet’s dark-eyed Indian beauty, his ‘bayadère’. Paladilhe has an Andantino middle section to his song where the passage ‘ô belles des belles’ prompts quasi-oriental melisma.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 2006
English: Richard Stokes

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA67523 track 21
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-06-52321
Duration
2'59
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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