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Au printemps

First line:
Le printemps chasse les hivers
author of text

The poet and dramatist Jules Barbier, who wrote the libretto for Gounod’s Faust, also gave the composer the words for Au printemps, a song that rejoices in springtime love; each strophe ends the dulcet invitation, ‘Come, let us be happy’, as its refrain. Conjoined with triplet-laden breezes and springtime rustlings in the piano, most of the singer’s phrases rise upwards, as if ascending to happiness.

from notes by Susan Youens © 2015


L'heure exquise
Studio Master: CDA67962Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 6 on CDA67962 [1'57]

Track-specific metadata for CDA67962 track 6

Recording date
20 October 2012
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. L'heure exquise (CDA67962)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: May 2015
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