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Track(s) taken from CDA66937

Le temps des lilas

author of text

Dame Felicity Lott (soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)
Recording details: November 1996
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Release date: May 1997
Total duration: 4 minutes 45 seconds

Other recordings available for download

Dame Felicity Lott (soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)
Alice Coote (mezzo-soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)


'In the best Graham Johnson style, the disc is instructive and fun at the same time' (Gramophone)

'First prize at the most prestigious of Flower Shows' (Soundscapes, Australia)
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

Other albums featuring this work

Chausson: Songs
CDA67321/22CDs Archive Service
L'heure exquise
Studio Master: CDA67962Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
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