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La lettre du jardinier

First line:
Je prends la plume pour vous donner des nouvelles
author of text

Marcel Tournier (1879–1951) was a celebrated harpist–composer who contributed generously to the harp repertoire. It is clear that Tournier was a master of his instrument and he makes much of the harp’s unique vocabulary. In the charming song La lettre du jardinier he sets words by Henry Bataille in a letter of gentle seduction: he describes the garden full of flowers and beauty—all waiting for Mademoiselle to return to complete their joy, ‘for the garden without you’ is like ‘a tree with no nest’. This is in some senses the most Romantic work in this programme, and Tournier allows the harp lush harmonies and an abundance of notes, worthy of a verdant garden.

from notes by Alison Nicholls © 2008


Romantic Residues


Track 27 on CDA67725 [4'01]

Track-specific metadata for CDA67725 track 27

Recording date
22 November 2007
Recording venue
St Martin's Church, East Woodhay, Berkshire, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Philip Hobbs
Recording engineer
Philip Hobbs
Hyperion usage
  1. Romantic Residues (CDA67725)
    Disc 1 Track 27
    Release date: August 2008
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