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Soirée en mer

First line:
Près du pêcheur qui ruisselle
author of text

Soirée en mer is a testament to Saint-Saëns’s love of the poetry of Victor Hugo, who was a passionate republican (after royalist beginnings), ardent advocate for those unjustly treated, politician, anti-clerical lion, artist and prolific poet. In this song, an expansive, lyrical melody floats on rising-and-falling waves in the piano. In the alternation between major and minor chord colours at the end, we hear the encapsulation of Hugo’s contrast between the dark waves below and the enchanted stars above, between the beloved person who sees God smile and the poet who sees man weep.

from notes by Susan Youens © 2015


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


Track 14 on CDA67962 [4'34]

Track-specific metadata for CDA67962 track 14

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 14
    Release date: May 2015
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