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Matinée musicale – June 16, 1992 | Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, England
Music-making in the Paris salon of the Rossinis

date: June 16, 1992

First performed in January 1990, this concert was repeated on tour in the United Kingdom in 1992 in honour of Rossini’s 200th birthday.  In it, we sought to recreate the kind of music heard in the composer’s drawing room in the last years of his life, when he had relinquished the world of opera and concentrated on works for solo voices and piano  –  of which he produced a vast amount, mostly in his collections entitled Musical Evenings and Sins of Old Age.  We also paid attention to the music of some of the other distinguished composers who visited the Rossinis’ salon, including Liszt, Gounod, Saint-Saëns and Verdi; there is documentary proof of a performance there of the Rigoletto quartet.  Bruce Ubukata very ably took on the persona of Rossini as he delivered the composer’s own words from the stage.  The concert was part of the Aldeburgh Connection’s second visit to the Aldeburgh Festival, the first having taken place in June, 1988.

Song Artist Composer Poet
La passeggiata (Péchés de vieillesse) Brett, Kathleen, soprano; Maguire, Linda, mezzo; Boutet, Benoît, tenor; Oland, Erik, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Rossini, Gioachino anon.
Une Caresse à ma femme (Péchés de vieillesse) Ubukata, Bruce, piano Rossini, Gioachino n/a
La Chanson du bébé (Péchés de vieillesse) Maguire, Linda, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Rossini, Gioachino Pacini, Emilien
Soirée en mer Brett, Kathleen, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Saint-Saëns, Camille Hugo, Victor
Oh! quand je dors Boutet, Benoît, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Liszt, Franz Hugo, Victor
O ma belle rebelle Oland, Erik, baritone; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Gounod, Charles Baïf, Jean-Antoine de
La regata veneziana (Soirées musicales) Brett, Kathleen, soprano; Maguire, Linda, mezzo; Ralls, Stephen, piano Rossini, Gioachino Pepoli, Carlo
Li marinari (Soirées musicales) Boutet, Benoît, tenor; Oland, Erik, Ralls, Stephen, piano Rossini, Gioachino Pepoli, Carlo
Anzoleta avanti la regata (La regata veneziana: Péchés de vieillesse) Maguire, Linda, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Rossini, Gioachino Piave, Francesco Maria
I gondolieri (Péchés de vieillesse) Brett, Kathleen, soprano; Maguire, Linda, mezzo; Boutet, Benoît, tenor; Oland, Erik, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Rossini, Gioachino anon.
Danse sibérienne (Péchés de vieillesse) Ralls, Stephen, piano Rossini, Gioachino n/a
Un dí se ben rammentomi (Rigoletto) Brett, Kathleen, soprano; Maguire, Linda, mezzo; Boutet, Benoît, tenor; Oland, Erik, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Verdi, Giuseppe Piave, Francesco Maria
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Grandes variations sur une marche favorite de l’opéra Guillaume Tell de Rossini Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Herz, Henri n/a
Toast pour le nouvel an (Péchés de vieillesse) Brett, Kathleen, soprano; Maguire, Linda, mezzo; Boutet, Benoît, tenor; Oland, Erik, baritone Rossini, Gioachino Pacini, Emilien ?
La pastorella dell’Alpi (Soirées musicales) Brett, Kathleen, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Rossini, Gioachino Pepoli, Carlo
La serenata (Soirées musicales) Maguire, Linda, mezzo; Boutet, Benoît, tenor; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Rossini, Gioachino Pepoli, Carlo
L’ultimo ricordo (Péchés de vieillesse) Oland, Erik, baritone; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Rossini, Gioachino Redaelli, Giovanni
Marche et réminiscences pour mon dernier voyage (Péchés de vieillesse) Ralls, Stephen, piano Rossini, Gioachino n/a
Buona sera (Il barbiere di Siviglia) Brett, Kathleen, soprano; Maguire, Linda, mezzo; Boutet, Benoît, tenor; Oland, Erik, baritone; Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Rossini, Gioachino Sterbini, Cesare