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Au rossignol

First line:
Viens tout près et chante
author of text

Au rossignol sets a poem by Guillot de Saix whose name we find at the end of the second Recueil in one of Hahn’s worst songs, La douce paix, an overblown thanksgiving for the end of the First World War. Here the same poet treating the same theme leaves bombast behind and inspires the composer to write one of his most simple and touching songs. The image of a nightingale singing of peace seems to touch the composer (and therefore us) far more than the visions of massed choirs evoked in the larger song.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 1996


Hahn: Songs


Track 19 on CDA67141/2 CD2 [2'05] 2CDs

Track-specific metadata for CDA67141/2 disc 2 track 19

Recording date
22 December 1995
Recording venue
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown & Arthur Johnson
Recording engineer
Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Hahn: Songs (CDA67141/2)
    Disc 2 Track 19
    Release date: June 1996
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