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A Spring Schubertiad – May 7, 1989 | Walter Hall, Toronto
Songs and piano music by Franz Schubert

date: May 7, 1989

Surprisingly, it took us seven years to come to our first concert entirely devoted to the music of (in our opinion) the greatest of songwriters.  It took as its inspiration the musical parties, or Schubertiads, which the composer’s friends loved to present.  Indeed, the uproarious closing item of the first half, Der Hochzeitsbraten, could only have been performed in such a context.  The second half began with one of our favourite piano-duets, the Rondo in A.  Narrative extracts were taken from the reminiscences of Schubert’s friends (collected by Otto Erich Deutsch), together with some thoughts from the composer himself.  The success of this concert led, in future years, to further explorations of the composer’s songs, to Schubert’s birthday party in 1997 and, in 1999, to the first of our annual Greta Kraus Schubertiads.

Song Artist Composer Poet
Licht und Liebe, D352 Whicher, Monica, soprano; Schade, Michael, tenor; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schubert, Franz Collin, Matthäus von
An die Leier, D737 Relyea, Gary, baritone; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schubert, Franz Bruchmann, Franz von
Im Frühling, D882 Schade, Michael, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schubert, Franz Schulze, Ernst
Die Blumensprache, D519 Whicher, Monica, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schubert, Franz Platner, Anton ?
An den Mond, D259 Whicher, Monica, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schubert, Franz Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
Der Schiffer, D536 Relyea, Gary, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schubert, Franz Mayrhofer, Johann
Der Wanderer, D489 Relyea, Gary, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schubert, Franz Schmidt von Lübeck, Georg Philipp
Heimliches Lieben, D922 Whicher, Monica, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schubert, Franz Klenke, Karoline Louise von
Nähe des Geliebten, D162 Schade, Michael, tenor; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schubert, Franz Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
Das Lied im Grünen, D917 Schade, Michael, tenor; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schubert, Franz Reil, Friedrich
Der Hochzeitsbraten, D930 Whicher, Monica, soprano; Schade, Michael, tenor; Relyea, Gary, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schubert, Franz Schober, Franz von
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Rondo in A, D951 Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schubert, Franz n/a
Mignon und der Harfner, D877/1 Whicher, Monica, soprano; Schade, Michael, tenor; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schubert, Franz Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
Der Tod und das Mädchen, D531 Relyea, Gary, baritone; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schubert, Franz Claudius, Matthias
Greisengesang, D778 Relyea, Gary, baritone; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schubert, Franz Rückert, Friedrich
Suleika I (Was bedeutet die Bewegung?), D720 Whicher, Monica, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schubert, Franz Willemer, Marianne von / Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
Ganymed, D544 Schade, Michael, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schubert, Franz Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
Der Musensohn, D764 Schade, Michael, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schubert, Franz Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
Punschlied (im Norden zu singen), D253 – ENCORE Whicher, Monica, soprano; Schade, Michael, tenor; Relyea, Gary, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schubert, Franz Schiller, Friedrich von