Magazine article Gramophone

Reynaldo Hahn Melodies

Magazine article Gramophone

Reynaldo Hahn Melodies

Article excerpt

Lovers of French operetta, musical comedy and melodies will rejoice at the appearance of a seven-disc Forlane set featuring vintage performances of music by Reynaldo Hahn, most charmingly by Hahn himself, gently singing 20 melodies to his own piano accompaniment. The musical comedy Mozart (to a libretto by Sacha Guitry), and the operettas Brummel and Malvina are included complete with dialogue, the latter featuring the bewitching Lina Dachary in the title-role with Jacques Jansen as Valerien, alias Jules.

There are excerpts from The Merchant of Venice (Martial Singher, Andre Pemet, Fanny Heldy) and La dame aux camelias (Roger Bourdon et at), and there's the Pastorale de Noel. Readers 'without French' will be listening largely for the sake of the delightful music: there are no librettos or translations included, just a French note on Hahn and a list of contents. Language, however, isn't a problem in the case of the Piano Sonatina and Concerto, both wittily played by Magda Tagliaferro. As to the operettas, skipping the dialogue (which is invariably separately tracked) will allow uninterrupted access to the music, which is a pure joy. Good transfers.

THE RECORDING

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Reynaldo Hahn ReynaldoHahn

Incl Melodies, Mozart, Brummel,

Malvina, Pastorale de Noel

Forlane [S][7] F0R17003

KEY TO SYMBOLS

[R] Reissue

[H] Historic

[2] Compact disc (number of discs in set)

[T] text(s) included

[t] translation(s) included

[S] synopsis included

[s] subtitles included

[SACD] Super Audio CD (SACD)

[DVD-V] DVD Video

[Br] Blu-ray

[LP] LP

[Do] Download only

[nla] no longer available

[aas] all available separately

[oas] only available separately

[F] 10 [pounds sterling] and over

[M] 7. …

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