Rare audio: Proust’s lover singsmain
The Venezuela-born composer Reynaldo Hahn was close to Marcel Proust from 1894 to his death in 1922.
He was widely esteemed as a composer of upmarket chansons for the bourgeois salon.
This unexpected find shows he had a sweet singing voice, though no lower register.
After the Second World War, Hahn was briefly director of the Opéra de Paris until his death from a brain tumour.