Reynaldo Hahn (composer)

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Reynaldo Hahn (Spanish pronunciation: [ʁɛ.nal.do ha:n]; 9 August 1874 – 28 January 1947) was a Venezuelan-born French composer, conductor, music critic, and singer. He is best known for his songs – mélodies – of which he wrote more than 100.

Hahn was born in Caracas but his family moved to Paris when he was a child, and he lived most of his life there. Following the success of his song "Si mes vers avaient des ailes" (If my verses had wings), written when he was aged 14, he became a prominent member of fin de siècle French society. Among his closest friends were Sarah Bernhardt and Marcel Proust. After the First World War, in which he served in the army, Hahn adapted to new musical and theatrical trends and enjoyed successes with his first opérette, Ciboulette (1923) and a collaboration with Sacha Guitry, the musical comedy Mozart (1926). During the Second World War Hahn, who was of Jewish descent, took refuge in Monaco, returning to Paris in 1945 where he was appointed director of the Opéra. He died in Paris in 1947, aged 72.

Hahn was a prolific composer. His vocal works include secular and sacred pieces, lyric scenes, cantatas, oratorios, operas, comic operas, and operettas. Orchestral works include concertos ballets, tone poems, incidental music for plays and films. He wrote a range of chamber music, and piano works. He sang as well as played his own songs, and made recordings as a soloist and accompanying other performers. After his death his music was neglected but from the late 20th century onward increasing interest has led to frequent performances of many of his works and recordings of all his songs and piano work, much of his orchestral music and some of his stage works.

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Discography

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YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1988Songs by Reynaldo HahnReynaldo Hahn; Martyn Hill, Graham Johnson2
1989Poulenc: Aubade / Sinfonietta / Hahn: Le Bal de Béatrice d'EstePoulenc, Hahn; New London Orchestra, Ronald Corp2
1990Mélodies françaisesReynaldo Hahn; François Le Roux, Jeff Cohen1
1992Œuvres pour deux pianosReynaldo Hahn; Hüseyin Sermet, Kun Woo Paik1
1996Songs by Reynaldo HahnReynaldo Hahn; Felicity Lott, Susan Bickley, Ian Bostridge, Stephen Varcoe, Graham Johnson1
1997The Romantic Piano Concerto, Volume 15: Hahn: Piano Concerto in E major / Massenet: Piano Concerto in E-flat majorReynaldo Hahn, Jules Massenet; BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Jean-Yves Ossonce, Stephen Coombs1
1998La Belle Époque: The Songs of Reynaldo HahnReynaldo Hahn; Susan Graham, Roger Vignoles1
2001Piano QuintetsHahn, Vierne; Stephen Coombs, Chilingirian Quartet1
2003Nobuko Imai, Sharon Bezaly, Ronald Brautigam Play Chamber Music by Duruflé, Hahn, Weinberg, NikolayevaDuruflé, Hahn, Weinberg, Nikolayeva; Nobuko Imai, Sharon Bezaly, Ronald Brautigam1
2004Chamber MusicReynaldo Hahn; Room-Music2
2008Chansons grisesReynaldo Hahn, Alexander Zemlinsky, Lili Boulanger, Darius Milhaud, Alma Mahler; Janina Baechle, Charles Spencer1
20151915Claude Debussy, Reynaldo Hahn; Duo Tal & Groethuysen1
2015Works for Violin & PianoHahn, Szymanowski; Tamsin Waley-Cohen, Huw Watkins2
2015NéèreHahn, Duparc, Chausson; Véronique Gens, Susan Manoff1
2017La Sonate de VinteuilSaint‐Saëns, Debussy, Hahn, Pierné; Maria Milstein, Nathalia Milstein2
2017Debussy / Szymanowski / Hahn / RavelDebussy, Szymanowski, Hahn, Ravel; Fanny Robilliard, Paloma Kouider2
2018Chamber Music & Song, Vol. 1Reynaldo Hahn; James Baillieu, Benjamin Baker, Tim Lowe, Adam Newman, Bartosz Woroch1
2019Le rossignol éperduReynaldo Hahn; Yoonie Han2
2020Reynaldo HahnReynaldo Hahn; Quatuor Tchalik, Dania Tchalik1

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YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1998French SongsFauré, Hahn, Bizet, Chabrier; Rachel Yakar, Claude Lavoix1

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