If you listen to classical music radio, chances are good that you have heard the beautiful song “à Chloris” (“to Chloris”) by Reynaldo Hahn (1874-1947). In fact, you have probably heard the song a number of times. It has become so popular that it has been recorded in versions for a wide variety of instruments, including cello, violin, and even saxophone. There is something about the gentle, neo-classical piano ostinato part that is nearly hypnotic. It is a classical music hit.
“A Chloris” has become so well-liked, in fact, that it is the only work by Hahn that many listeners know. (A similar thing has happened with Bolero by Maurice Ravel. Casual music listeners hear Ravel’s name, and they think, “Oh yes, he wrote Bolero.”)
On Classical Archives, you have the opportunity to delve deeper into Hahn’s works, virtually all of which are worth exploring. He wrote stage works, chamber works, concertos, as well as many songs that are just as lovely as the famous “à Chloris.” After you have enjoyed “à Chloris” one more time, we recommend moving on to his highly accomplished Piano Quartet. (You will find a recording by the Ames Piano Quartet on Classical Archives.)
The works of Hahn are worth knowing! Delve deeper on Classical Archives.