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La chère blessure

First line:
Comme d'un sein ouvert la main arrache une arme
author of text

A Romantic writer who won praise from none other than the redoubtable critic Charles Sainte-Beuve for her poetry, Augustine-Malvina Blanchecotte creates in La chère blessure the psychological portrayal of remorse and guilt that are actually cherished because they impel the persona back to a lover he or she once mistreated. For such dark complexities of the human heart, Reynaldo Hahn concocts wonderfully brooding, dissonance-laden harmonies against which the voice mostly murmurs on repeated pitches. When the persona sings of ripping ‘your name’ out of her heart in the past, the vault upwards at ‘arraché’ (plucked, torn, ripped) is all the more intense in the wake of the chanting that precedes it.

from notes by Susan Youens © 2015


Hahn: Chansons grises & other songs
L'heure exquise
Studio Master: CDA67962Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 18 on CDA67962 [3'20]
Track 4 on CDH55040 [3'18]

Track-specific metadata for CDA66045 track 4

Recording date
28 December 1981
Recording venue
Art Workers Guild, Queen Square, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Andrew Keener
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Hahn: Songs (CDA66045)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: May 1988
    Deletion date: March 2000
    Superseded by CDH55040
  2. Hahn: Chansons grises & other songs (CDH55040)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: March 2000
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