Reynaldo Hahn: L’heure Exquise

Written by Michael Barrett

Associate Artistic Director, NYFOS

In category: Song of the Day

Published June 29, 2018

I’m hoping to enjoy my summer this year. We are just getting into it, and I’m already having lots of fun. I think it’s the long evenings that can make summer so special. Langorous dinners with friends al fresco. Extended dusk, and lingering twilight eventually yielding to the night sky. And it’s warm enough to enjoy the night sky. Just the thought of it conjures up memories for me, and maybe this summer I’ll create a few more. Reynaldo Hahn’s “L’heure Exquise” reminds me of these things. I usually don’t think of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and French art song as BFFs, but this recording is extraordinary. He sings so very slowly. Time does actually seem to stop. He was a great singer and maybe an even better musician, so it’s important to me to notice when someone like Fischer-Dieskau does something no one else would (or has), like in this performance. Enjoy your summer. Maybe it be full of beautiful music, the extraordinary, and exquisite moments.

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Michael Barrett is the co-founder and associate artistic director of New York Festival of Song, as well as the co-founder and music director of the Moab Music Festival in Utah. A conductor and a pianist, Michael was a protégé of Leonard Bernstein and serves as music advisor to the Leonard Bernstein Estate.


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