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Discovery Series: A Concert Party for Robert Burns | Walter Hall, Toronto
Settings in various languages of the poetry of Robert Burns, with some help from Sir Walter Scott

date: January 29, 2008

Burns night having fallen just a few days before, we presented four singers from the University of Toronto’s Opera School in a programme of settings of the poetry of Scotland’s favourite poet, together with a group of Schubert’s settings of translations of Sir Walter Scott.  Distinctive features included a group of French songs to poetry by Leconte de Lisle, who in 1864 published his Chansons écossaises, based on Burns’s poetry.  Schumann’s settings of German translations of Burns preceded the Schubert group, which was followed by Britten’s Four Burns Songs and a sample of the Scottish composer, Francis George Scott’s, settings.  Finally, we were joined by violinist and cellist in a group of Beethoven’s settings of Scottish folksongs with words by Burns.

Song Artist Composer Poet
My luve is like a red, red rose Klassen, Laura, soprano; Sadej, Katarzyna, mezzo; Williamson, Paul, tenor; Kalmanovitch, Philip, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano anon. Burns, Robert
Dem roten Röslein, Op.27/2 Kalmanovitch, Philip, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schumann, Robert Burns, Robert, trans. Gerhard, Wilhelm
Nell, Op.18/1 Klassen, Laura, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Fauré, Gabriel Leconte de Lisle, Charles-Marie-René
Jane Klassen, Laura, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Debussy, Claude Leconte de Lisle, Charles-Marie-René
Nanny, Op.2/1 Kalmanovitch, Philip, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Chausson, Ernest Leconte de Lisle, Charles-Marie-René
La Fille aux cheveux de lin (Préludes, Book I) Ralls, Stephen, piano Debussy, Claude n/a
Chanson écossaise Klassen, Laura, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Ravel, Maurice Burns, Robert
Liebhabers Ständchen, Op.34/2 Klassen, Laura, soprano; Williamson, Paul, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schumann, Robert Burns, Robert, trans. Gerhard, Wilhelm
Unter’m Fenster, Op.34/3 Klassen, Laura, soprano; Williamson, Paul, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schumann, Robert Burns, Robert, trans. Gerhard, Wilhelm
Lied des gefangenen Jägers, D843 Kalmanovitch, Philip, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schubert, Franz Scott, Sir Walter, trans. Storck, Adam
Ellens Gesang II: Jäger, ruhe von der Jagd! D838 Sadej, Katarzyna, mezzo; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schubert, Franz Scott, Sir Walter, trans. Storck, Adam
Normans Gesang, D846 Williamson, Paul, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schubert, Franz Scott, Sir Walter, trans. Storck, Adam
Ellens Gesang III: Ave Maria, D839 Sadej, Katarzyna, mezzo; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schubert, Franz Scott, Sir Walter, trans. Storck, Adam
INTERMISSION
Afton Water, Op.92/5 (A Birthday Hansel) Williamson, Paul, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Britten, Benjamin Burns, Robert
Wee Willie, Op.92/3 (A Birthday Hansel) Williamson, Paul, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Britten, Benjamin Burns, Robert
The Winter, Op.92/6 (A Birthday Hansel) Williamson, Paul, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Britten, Benjamin Burns, Robert
My Hoggie, Op.92/4 (A Birthday Hansel) Williamson, Paul, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Britten, Benjamin Burns, Robert
My luve is like a red, red rose Kalmanovitch, Philip, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Scott, Francis George Burns, Robert
Ay waukin, O Sadej, Katarzyna, mezzo; Ralls, Stephen, piano Scott, Francis George Burns, Robert
Mary Morison Kalmanovitch, Philip, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Scott, Francis George Burns, Robert
The Discreet Hint Sadej, Katarzyna, mezzo; Kalmanovitch, Philip, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Scott, Francis George Burns, Robert
Ca’ the yowes Klassen, Laura, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Scottish folksong, arr. Britten, Benjamin Burns, Robert
Behold, my Love Klassen, Laura, soprano; Sadej, Katarzyna, mezzo; Johnston, Mark, violin; Grogan, Cydney, cello; Ralls, Stephen, piano Scottish folksong, arr. Beethoven, Ludwig van Burns, Robert
Robin Adair Klassen, Laura, soprano; Williamson, Paul, tenor; Kalmanovitch, Philip, baritone; Johnston, Mark, violin; Grogan, Cydney, cello; Ralls, Stephen, piano Scottish folksong, arr. Beethoven, Ludwig van Burns, Robert
The lovely lass of Inverness Sadej, Katarzyna, mezzo; Johnston, Mark, violin; Grogan, Cydney, cello; Ralls, Stephen, piano Scottish folksong, arr. Beethoven, Ludwig van Burns, Robert
Duncan Gray Klassen, Laura, soprano; Sadej, Katarzyna, mezzo; Williamson, Paul, tenor; Kalmanovitch, Philip, baritone; Johnston, Mark, violin; Grogan, Cydney, cello; Ralls, Stephen, piano Scottish folksong, arr. Beethoven, Ludwig van Burns, Robert
Auld Lang Syne – ENCORE Klassen, Laura, soprano; Sadej, Katarzyna, mezzo; Williamson, Paul, tenor; Kalmanovitch, Philip, baritone; Johnston, Mark, violin; Grogan, Cydney, cello; Ralls, Stephen, piano Scottish folksong, arr. Beethoven, Ludwig van Burns, Robert