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Hahn: Le Bal De Beatrice d'Este

Magazine article Gramophone

Hahn: Le Bal De Beatrice d'Este

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Hahn

Le bal de Beatrice d'Este (a). Concerto provencale (b). Serenade (c). Divertissement pour une fete de nuit (a)

(b) Julien Vern fl (b) Trancois Lemoine cl (b) Frank Sibold bn (b) Julien Desplanque hn (c) Ensemble Initium; (ab) Orchestre des Pays de Savoie / Nicholas Chalvin

Timpani (F) 1C1231 (70' * DDD)

Reynaldo Hahn is best known for his songs, his operettas and his relationship with Marcel Proust: the two were lovers between 1894 and 1896, remaining close friends after their separation; 'Everything I have ever done has always been thanks to Reynaldo,' Proust wrote, which is quite a statement. This collaboration between Ensemble Initium and the Orchestre des Pays de Savoie adds considerably to our understanding of both the man and his achievement with a group of works for wind ensemble and orchestra, composed between 1905 and 1944.

It might seem cliched to say that Hahn, like his one-time lover, was in search of lost time, but his music, which has genuine charm, is at once retro and timeless. Few of the modernist developments of the 20th century seemingly impinged upon his style, which owes much to Massenet (his teacher) and something to Duparc, though the taut, closely woven Serenade, written during his wartime exile in Monaco, nods in the direction of neo-classical astringency. …

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