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The poet Paul Verlaine was one of the most important figures in French literature in the 19th century. His poems were set to music by composers including Fauré, Debussy and Hahn.

But it’s Delius’s imagining of the Verlaine poem ‘Il pleure dans mon coeur’ that we’re offering for this week’s free download. The text opens with lines that translate as ‘Tears fall in my heart/ Like the rain falls on the town.’

The piece was originally written for voice and piano but was orchestrated by Peter Warlock.

This recording of the song comes from a performance by soprano Henriette Bonde-Hansen with the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra and conductor Bo Holten on the Danacord label.

The disc was give four stars in the January issue of BBC Music Magazine and our critic Anthony Burton wrote: ‘The works all receive sympathetic performance, with excellent playing by the Aarhus orchestra… and Henriette Bonde-Hansen impresses in five settings of poems by Verlaine.’

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