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Abracadabra! – November 25, 2001 | Walter Hall, Toronto
The songs of Emmanuel Chabrier

date: November 25, 2001

Chabrier described his own music as ‘abracadabrante’, which gave us the idea for the title of our programme, first performed in 1991.  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 Munich (excerpt) Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Chabrier, Emmanuel n/a
Credo d’amour MacNaughton, Doug, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Chabrier, Emmanuel Silvestre, Armand
L’Invitation au voyage Atchison, Mehgan, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Chabrier, Emmanuel Baudelaire, Charles
Romance de l’étoile (L’Etoile) Barber, Kimberly, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Chabrier, Emmanuel Leterrier, Eugène / Vanloo, Albert
Duo de la chartreuse verte (L’Etoile) Pomeroy, David, tenor; MacNaughton, Doug, baritone; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Chabrier, Emmanuel Leterrier, Eugène / Vanloo, Albert
Toutes les fleurs Pomeroy, David, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Chabrier, Emmanuel Rostand, Edmond
Lied Barber, Kimberly, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Chabrier, Emmanuel Mendès, Catulle
Chanson pour Jeanne MacNaughton, Doug, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Chabrier, Emmanuel Mendès, Catulle
A la musique Atchison, Mehgan, soprano solo; Bradley, Leslie Ann / Hatfield, Virginia / Cleland, Rachel / Winter, Tina, sopranos; Bogdanowicz, Michèle / Delorme, Melinda / Couture, Hélène / Latham, Megan, mezzos; Ubukata, Bruce, piano; Ralls, Stephen, conductor Chabrier, Emmanuel Rostand, Edmond
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L’Ile heureuse Pomeroy, David, 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 Barber, Kimberly, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Chabrier, Emmanuel Gérard, Rosemonde
Pastorale des cochons roses MacNaughton, Doug, 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 Pomeroy, David, tenor; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Chabrier, Emmanuel Rostand, Edmond
Les Cigales Atchison, Mehgan, 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 Atchison, Mehgan, soprano; Barber, Kimberly, mezzo; Pomeroy, David, tenor; MacNaughton, Doug, baritone; Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, 2 pianos Chabrier, Emmanuel Adenis, Eugène