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Hahn

Magazine article Gramophone

Hahn

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Hahn

'Amour sans ailes'

Reverie. Chansons grises. Trois jours de vendange. Etudes latines--Lyde; Pholoe.

L'incredule. Nocturne. Dans la nuit. La chere blessure. Love Without Wings. L'enamourte.

A Chloris. Fetes galantes

Zachary Gordin bar Bryan Nies pf

MSR Classics (F) MS1649 (46' * DDD * T/t)

Zachary Gordin and his regular recital partner, Bryan Nies, opt for Hahn for their first album together, strikingly programmed, if, at 46 minutes, rather short. Gordin gives us Chansons grises complete, allowing us to hear the familiar 'L'heure exquise' in the wider context of the Verlaine settings that frame it. And he also gives us the brooding 1899 cycle Love Without Wings, to texts by the English poet Mary Frances Robinson (1857-1944), which may form a reflection on Hahn's relationship with Proust: the text of the final song, 'I know you love me not', bears so striking a resemblance to a famous letter from Proust to Hahn near the end of their affair ('Je crois que ... vous ne m'aimez plus', etc) that the similarities cannot be put down entirely to coincidence.

Gordin communicates tangible pleasure in his material. There's wit in 'Fetes galantes', pride as well as wonder in 'A Chloris' and lofty nobility in the extracts from Etudes latines. Gordin's voice, however, is unevenly produced. A pulse in his upper registers makes its presence felt in the opening 'Reverie' and sometimes gets in the way later on. …

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