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A Birthday Schubertiad | Walter Hall, Toronto
A sequence of songs and piano music for the 200th birthday of Franz Schubert

date: February 2, 1997

This Sunday afternoon concert concluded our weekend of celebrations of Schubert’s 200th birthday, under the honorary patronage of the Austrian Ambassador. It set out to recreate the atmosphere of one of the famous Schubertiads enjoyed by the composer’s friends. Early in the programme came the three songs, D224/225/226, which were written, astonishingly, on one day, July 5, 1815. A highlight at the halfway point was a performance of the comic scena, Der Hochzeitsbraten, for our three voices and piano. After the intermission, by way of contrast, we played the Fantasy in F minor for piano-duet, written at about the same time and one of Schubert’s most passionate and tragic utterances. Most of the spoken narration was taken from Otto Erich Deutsch’s Schubert: Memoirs by his Friends.

Song Artist Composer Poet
Seligkeit, D433 Brett, Kathleen, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schubert, Franz Hölty, Ludwig
Der Lindenbaum, D911/5 (Winterreise) Pedrotti, Mark, baritone; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schubert, Franz Müller, Wilhelm
An Sylvia, D891 Schade. Michael, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schubert, Franz Shakespeare, William, trans. Bauernfeld, Eduard von
Adelaide, D95 Schade. Michael, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schubert, Franz Matthisson, Friedrich von
Wandrers Nachtlied (Der du von dem Himmel bist), D224 Brett, Kathleen, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schubert, Franz Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
Der Fischer, D225 Brett, Kathleen, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schubert, Franz Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
Erster Verlust, D226 Brett, Kathleen, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schubert, Franz Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
Das Fischermädchen, D957/10 Pedrotti, Mark, baritone; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schubert, Franz Heine, Heinrich
Ständchen, D957/4 Pedrotti, Mark, baritone; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schubert, Franz Rellstab, Ludwig
Der Jüngling an der Quelle, D300 Schade. Michael, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schubert, Franz Salis-Seewis, Johann Gaudenz von
Der Blumenbrief, D622 Schade. Michael, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schubert, Franz Schreiber, Aloys Wilhelm
Der Hochzeitsbraten, D930 Brett, Kathleen, soprano; Schade, Michael, tenor; Pedrotti, Mark, baritone; Ralls. Stephen, piano Schubert, Franz Schober, Franz von
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Fantasie, D940 Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schubert, Franz n/a
Suleika I (Was bedeutet die Bewegung?), D720 Brett, Kathleen, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schubert, Franz Willemer, Marianne von / Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
Litanei auf das Fest Allerseelen, D343 Pedrotti, Mark, baritone; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schubert, Franz Jacobi, Johann Georg
Ganymed, D544 Schade. Michael, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schubert, Franz Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
Punschlied (im Norden zu singen), D253 – ENCORE Brett, Kathleen, soprano; Schade, Michael, tenor; Pedrotti, Mark, baritone; Ralls. Stephen, piano Schubert, Franz Schiller, Friedrich von