solo album of 24 delightful French
songs by the relatively unknown composer Reynaldo Hahn, wonderfully
sung by one of today's most sought-after the mezzo-sopranos, Susan
Graham. Accompaniment is by pianist Roger Vignoles.
Listen to a few clips and get a sense of the musical sounds of BelleÉpoque.
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About Susan Graham:
Born in Roswell, New Mexico; studied at the Manhattan School of Music
and Texas Tech University. She has sung many of opera's famous mezzo-soprano
roles at the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, Royal Opera House,
Teatro alla Scalla, l'Opera Bastille and other major opera houses. She
is also a favorite at the Salzburg Festival. Her interpretation of Berlioz'
Les Nuits d'Ete is highly acclaimed. Click HERE
for a list of her other recordings.
and writer - born 1875 (Caracas, Venezuela), died 1947 (Paris). As a young
man of 20, he visited Paris and lived there for the rest of his life.
He was an intimate friend of Marcel Proust, a classmate of Maurice Ravel,
a friend of Sarah Bernhardt and Gabriel Faure, and a student of Massenet.
He composed not only beautiful songs like the ones on this album but also
concertos, operetta (including one on the life of Mozart) and serious
opera. His other musical activities included conducting Mozart at the
Salzburg Festival and serving as a director of the Paris Opera. He was
also the author of several books and a lecturer - his lectures Du Chant
which he delivered in 1913-14 have been compiled and published as a book
entitled On Singers and Singing. Clearly, an interesting man who
lived a very interesting life, whose music deserves to be better known.
And clearly, Susan Graham's beautiful singing is a step in this direction.
Poémes de l'amour
C'est ça la vie
La Belle Époque
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