Earl Wild plays Hahn's
'Le Rossignol éperdu' -
JOHN BELL YOUNG
'... incomparable authority and elegance ...'
If ever there was a composer whose music exemplified charm, it was Reynaldo
Hahn (1874-1947). A celebrated baritone, vocal coach, music critic, sometime
pianist and bon vivant, Hahn was nothing if not a Renaissance man.
Born in Caracas to a wealthy German industrialist and a Venezuelan mother,
he grew up in Paris, where he studied with Massenet and remained all his
life. Perhaps by virtue of some native Latino exoticism as much as his considerable
musical gifts, he had already become the toast of Parisian society in fin
de siecle France when he met and befriended Marcel Proust in 1892. As
Hahn's most famous and ardent admirer, Proust immortalized him as the
poetic genius of his novel, Jean Santeuil. One wonders, too,
if there was not a trace of Hahn in the erudite but facetiously mannered
character of Monsieur Bloch, the narrator's childhood Jewish friend
who Proust painted so deliciously in Swann's Way.
Copyright © 16 January 2002
John Bell Young, Tampa, Florida, USA
CD INFORMATION - IVORY CLASSICS 72006
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