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Discovery Series: Ich bin geliebt! (Songs for Lovers) | Walter Hall, Toronto
A sequence of love songs for one or more voices

date: February 15, 2011

The last concert in our final Discovery Series (which began life in 1998 as the Young Artists Series) presented four talented young singers in love songs for one or more voices.  They began as an ensemble, with Schumann’s Spanisches Liederspiel, Op.74, after which each singer presented his or her own cycle or group of songs.  (The Schumann cycle was presented in what is believed to be its original form, including two songs which were later taken out and included in the Spanische Liebeslieder, Op.138, and also Der Contrabandiste, a virtuoso piece for baritone which Schumann issued as an appendix to the original cycle.)

SONG ARTIST COMPOSER POET
Erste Begegnung, Op.74/1 (Spanisches Liederspiel) Sévigné, Claire de, soprano; Barber, Julia, mezzo; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schumann, Robert Vicente, Gil, trans. Geibel, Emanuel
Intermezzo, Op.74/2 (Spanisches Liederspiel) Haji, Andrew, tenor; Sirett, Geoffrey, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schumann, Robert Vicente, Gil, trans. Geibel, Emanuel
Liebesgram, Op.74/3 (Spanisches Liederspiel) Sévigné, Claire de, soprano; Barber, Julia, mezzo; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schumann, Robert Castillejo, Cristobal de, trans. Geibel, Emanuel
Hoch, hoch sind die Berge, Op.138/8 (Spanische Liebeslieder) Barber, Julia, mezzo; Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schumann, Robert Padilla, Pedro de, trans. Geibel, Emanuel
In der Nacht, Op.74/4 (Spanisches Liederspiel) Sévigné, Claire de, soprano; Haji, Andrew, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schumann, Robert anon. Spanish, trans. Geibel, Emanuel
Flutenreicher Ebro: Romanze, Op.138/5 (Spanische Liebeslieder) Sirett, Geoffrey, baritone; Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schumann, Robert anon. Spanish, trans. Geibel, Emanuel
Es ist verrathen, Op.74/5 (Spanisches Liederspiel) Sévigné, Claire de, soprano; Barber, Julia, mezzo; Haji, Andrew, tenor; Sirett, Geoffrey, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schumann, Robert anon. Spanish, trans. Geibel, Emanuel
Melancholie, Op.74/6 (Spanisches Liederspiel) Sévigné, Claire de, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schumann, Robert Sá de Miranda, Francisco de, trans. Geibel, Emanuel
Geständniss, Op.74/7 (Spanisches Liederspiel) Haji, Andrew, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schumann, Robert Portugal, Francisco de, trans.Geibel, Emanuel
Der Contrabandiste, Op.74/10 (Spanisches Liederspiel) Sirett, Geoffrey, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schumann, Robert García, Manuel Vicente del Pópulo, trans. Geibel, Emanuel
Botschaft, Op.74/8 (Spanisches Liederspiel) Sévigné, Claire de, soprano; Barber, Julia, mezzo; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schumann, Robert Río, Don Manuel del, trans. Geibel, Emanuel
Ich bin geliebt! Op.74/9 (Spanisches Liederspiel) Sévigné, Claire de, soprano; Barber, Julia, mezzo; Haji, Andrew, tenor; Sirett, Geoffrey, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schumann, Robert anon. Spanish, trans. Geibel, Emanuel
INTERMISSION
Pantomime (Quatre Chansons de jeunesse) Sévigné, Claire de, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Debussy, Claude Verlaine, Paul
Clair de lune (Quatre Chansons de jeunesse) Sévigné, Claire de, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Debussy, Claude Verlaine, Paul
Pierrot (Quatre Chansons de jeunesse) Sévigné, Claire de, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Debussy, Claude Banville, Théodore de
Apparition (Quatre Chansons de jeunesse) Sévigné, Claire de, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Debussy, Claude Mallarmé, Stéphane
In Haven (Sea Pictures) Barber, Julia, mezzo; Ralls, Stephen, piano Elgar, Sir Edward Elgar, C. Alice
Queen Mary’s Song Barber, Julia, mezzo; Ralls, Stephen, piano Elgar, Sir Edward Tennyson, Alfred, Lord
Rondel Barber, Julia, mezzo; Ralls, Stephen, piano Elgar, Sir Edward Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, after Froissart
The Shepherd’s Song Barber, Julia, mezzo; Ralls, Stephen, piano Elgar, Sir Edward Pain, Barry
Five Poems by Thomas Hardy Sirett, Geoffrey, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Ireland, John Hardy, Thomas
S’il est un charmant gazon Haji, Andrew, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Liszt, Franz Hugo, Victor
Oh! quand je dors Haji, Andrew, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Liszt, Franz Hugo, Victor
Enfant, si j’étais roi Haji, Andrew, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Liszt, Franz Hugo, Victor
So wahr die Sonne scheinet, Op.101/8 (Minnespiel)   – ENCORE Sévigné, Claire de, soprano; Barber, Julia, mezzo; Haji, Andrew, tenor; Sirett, Geoffrey, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schumann, Robert Rückert, Friedrich