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Abracadabra! – January 20, 1991 | Walter Halll, Toronto
The songs of Emmanuel Chabrier

date: January 20, 1991

Chabrier described his own music as ‘abracadabrante’, which gave us the idea, in his 150th anniversary year, for the title of our programme.  Well-known for his orchestral music, his songs and piano music have appeared much less frequently in recitals, though that state of affairs is now gradually being reversed.  His letters reveal one of the most engaging figures in musical history, and we were delighted to have the distinguished actor, Barry MacGregor, to read them for us.  Along with a variety of his solo songs, we performed his Trois Valses romantiques for two pianos and also the Ode for women’s chorus and soprano solo, A la musique, described by Debussy as “the composer’s Credo”.

Song Artist Composer Poet
Souvenirs de Bayreuth (excerpt) Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Chabrier, Emmanuel n/a
Credo d’amour Oland, Erik, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Chabrier, Emmanuel Silvestre, Armand
L’Invitation au voyage Maguire Linda, mezzo; Ralls, Stephen, piano Chabrier, Emmanuel Baudelaire, Charles
Romance de l’étoile (L’Etoile) Landry, Rosemarie; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Chabrier, Emmanuel Leterrier, Eugène / Vanloo, Albert
Duo de la chartreuse verte (L’Etoile) Boutet, Benoît, tenor; Oland, Erik, baritone; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Chabrier, Emmanuel Leterrier, Eugène / Vanloo, Albert
Toutes les fleurs Boutet, Benoît, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Chabrier, Emmanuel Rostand, Edmond
Lied Maguire, Linda, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Chabrier, Emmanuel Mendès, Catulle
Chanson pour Jeanne Oland, Erik, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Chabrier, Emmanuel Mendès, Catulle
A la musique Landry, Rosemarie, soprano solo; Poff, Rebecca / Dibblee, Sally / Gosse, Sonya / Tyreman, Shelagh, sopranos; Rockwell, Paula / Bindig, Marianne / Terry, Margaret / Duff, Catherine, mezzos; Ubukata, Bruce, piano; Ralls, Stephen, conductor Chabrier, Emmanuel Rostand, Edmond
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L’Ile heureuse Boutet, Benoît, tenor; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Chabrier, Emmanuel Mikhaël, Ephraïm
Valse romantique I (Trois valses romantiques) Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, 2 pianos Chabrier, Emmanuel n/a
Villanelle des petits canards Maguire, Linda, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Chabrier, Emmanuel Gérard, Rosemonde
Pastorale des cochons roses Oland, Erik, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Chabrier, Emmanuel Rostand, Edmond
Valse romantique II (Trois valses romantiques) Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, 2 pianos Chabrier, Emmanuel n/a
Ballade des gros dindons Boutet, Benoît, tenor; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Chabrier, Emmanuel Rostand, Edmond
Les Cigales Landry, Rosemarie, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Chabrier, Emmanuel Gérard, Rosemonde
Valse romantique III (Trois valses romantiques) Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, 2 pianos Chabrier, Emmanuel n/a
España Landry, Rosemarie, soprano; Maguire, Linda, mezzo; Boutet, Benoît, tenor; Oland, Erik, baritone; Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, 2 pianos Chabrier, Emmanuel Adenis, Eugène