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Anacreon’s Rest | Walter Hall, Toronto
The songs of Hugo Wolf (1860-1903)

date: January 26, 2003

In commemorating the hundredth anniversary of the death of Hugo Wolf, we gave a biographical framework to a survey of his songs.  Extracts from Wolf’s letters were read by Diego Matamoros.  Around them, we performed music from the five great songbooks:  settings of Goethe, Eichendorff and Mörike, and of German translations of Spanish and Italian folk poetry.  Wolf’s earliest published song, Morgentau, was included, together with an early setting of Heine.  At the end of the afternoon, we positioned one of the final group of settings of Michelangelo, followed by Anakreons Grab, a kind of “theme-song” whose text, referring to “Anakreons Ruh”, gave our concert its title.  Over three programmes, we sought to convey as much as possible of the rich inspiration of the master who brought 19th century German song to a glorious conclusion.

Song Artist Composer Poet
Der Musikant (Eichendorff-Lieder) Ainsworth, Colin, tenor; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Wolf, Hugo Eichendorff, Joseph Freiherr von
Morgentau Keith, Gillian, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Wolf, Hugo anon.
Wenn ich in deine Augen seh Pedrotti, Mark, baritone; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Wolf, Hugo Heine, Heinrich
Mein Liebchen, wir sassen beisammen Ainsworth, Colin, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Wolf, Hugo Heine, Heinrich
Der Tambour (Mörike-Lieder) Ainsworth, Colin, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Wolf, Hugo Mörike, Eduard
Erstes Liebeslied eines Mädchens (Mörike-Lieder) Keith, Gillian, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Wolf, Hugo Mörike, Eduard
Im Frühling (Mörike-Lieder) Pedrotti, Mark, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Wolf, Hugo Mörike, Eduard
Der Gärtner (Mörike-Lieder) Pedrotti, Mark, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Wolf, Hugo Mörike, Eduard
Verschwiegene Liebe (Eichendorff-Lieder) Ainsworth, Colin, tenor; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Wolf, Hugo Eichendorff, Joseph Freiherr von
Blumengruss (Goethe-Lieder) Ainsworth, Colin, tenor; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Wolf, Hugo Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
Gleich und Gleich (Goethe-Lieder) Keith, Gillian, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Wolf, Hugo Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
Die Spröde (Goethe-Lieder) Keith, Gillian, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Wolf, Hugo Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
Die Bekehrte (Goethe-Lieder) Keith, Gillian, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Wolf, Hugo Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
Auf eine Wanderung (Mörike-Lieder) Pedrotti, Mark, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Wolf, Hugo Mörike, Eduard
INTERMISSION
Auf dem grünen Balkon (Spanisches Liederbuch) Ainsworth, Colin, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Wolf, Hugo anon. Spanish, trans. Heyse, Paul
Mögen alle bösen Zungen (Spanisches Liederbuch) Keith, Gillian, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Wolf, Hugo anon. Spanish, trans. Geibel, Emanuel
Wenn du zu den Blumen gehst (Spanisches Liederbuch) Ainsworth, Colin, tenor; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Wolf, Hugo anon. Spanish, trans. Heyse, Paul
Geh’, Geliebter, geh’ jetzt! (Spanisches Liederbuch) Keith, Gillian, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Wolf, Hugo anon. Spanish, trans. Geibel, Emanuel
Was für ein Lied soll dir gesungen werden? (Italienisches Liederbuch) Pedrotti, Mark, baritone; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Wolf, Hugo anon. Italian, trans. Heyse, Paul
Ganymed (Goethe-Lieder) Keith, Gillian, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Wolf, Hugo Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
An eine Aeolsharfe (Mörike-Lieder) Ainsworth, Colin, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Wolf, Hugo Mörike, Eduard
Fühlt meine Seele (Michelangelo-Lieder) Pedrotti, Mark, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Wolf, Hugo Michelangelo Buonarotti, trans. Robert-Tornow, Walter Heinrich
Anakreons Grab (Goethe-Lieder) Pedrotti, Mark, baritone; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Wolf, Hugo Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
Morgentau –   ENCORE Keith, Gillian, soprano; Ainsworth, Colin, tenor; Pedrotti, Mark, baritone; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Wolf, Hugo anon.