Saint-Saens - the 1800's

from Musical Memories, pages 279-280:

Henri Regnault was the most musical of all the painters whom I have known. He did not need a violin - he was his own. Nature had endowed him with an exquisite tenor voice. It was alluring in its timbre and irresistible in its attractiveness, just as he was himself. He was no "near musician." He loved music passionately, and he was unwilling to sing as an amateur. He took lessons from Romain Bussine at the Conservatoire. He sang to perfection the difficult arias of Mozart's Don Juan. He also liked to declaim the magnificent recitative of Pilgrimage in the third act of Tannhauser.
cite as

Saint-Saens, Musical Memories (1919), p. 279-280. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1432807510795 accessed: 5 December, 2021

Listeners

Saint-Saens
Organist, Composer, Conducting, Pianist
1835-1921

Listening to

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Don Juan
written by Franz Liszt, Richard Strauss, Mozart
performed by Henri Regnault
Recitative of Pigrimage Act III Tannhauser
written by Richard Wagner
performed by Henri Regnault

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1800's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others

Originally submitted by Gill on Thu, 28 May 2015 11:05:11 +0100
Approved on Tue, 22 Sep 2015 18:14:41 +0100