Given Reynaldo Hahn’s high profile with the patrons of Paris’s pre-war artist salons, it’s not surprising that his original works for piano include a good number of short character pieces that exude charm. His magnum opus in this genre, the "53 poèmes pour piano" collectively titled "Le Rossignol éperdu" is the early 20th Century’s answer to Mendelssohn’s Songs Without Words.
Praised for her “flowing tones, poetic phrasing and heavenly singing melodies” (Cincinnati Inquirer), and “musical imagination and feel for complex textures that drew vivid images” (Washington Post), South Korean pianist Yoonie Han has won top prizes in distinguished international competitions and the highest accoladesRead more for her poetic performances in major concert halls in the U.S. and around the world.
Hahn's pieces have been called (for instance, in the graphics) the early 20th century's answer to Mendelssohn's Songs Without Words, and indeed they seem to suggest the evocation of some unseen text. In Han's hands they do even more. The pieces in the Première Suite, especially, seem to carry an uncanny quality of vocal discourse, of an actual text unfolding as the music develops. Steinway & Sons contributes fine sound from its own New York City auditorium. This is a strong, and perhaps definitive, reading of Hahn's cycle of miniatures.
Le rossignol éperduby Reynaldo Hahn Performer:
Yoonie Han (Piano)
Period: 20th Century Written: 1902-1910; France
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Relaxing and delightfulJuly 18, 2019By Semih Ö. (Ankara, Turkey)See All My Reviews"The first thing that trill you about this album is the colorful sound of Miss Han brings out from the piano. The album composed of a very soft, lovely tunes, followed by uniquely programmed set of pieces. Many thanks for all the professionals to make this work to be done."Report Abuse