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Miroir brûlant – January 31, 1999 | Walter Hall, Toronto
The songs of Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)

date: January 31, 1999

This concert formed the second part of our centenary celebrations of Francis Poulenc.  Two themes guided the choice and ordering of the afternoon’s songs: firstly, the idea of Poulenc as “le moine et le voyou”  –  the monk and the ragamuffin  –  and, secondly, his well-documented recital partnership with the distinguished baritone, Pierre Bernac.  This latter reminds us very much of the performing career of Britten and Pears, especially in the aspect of the singer inspiring new songs from the composer-pianist.  The narrative aspect of the afternoon benefitted greatly from the wealth of biographical material now available, particularly the musical writings and the correspondence of both Poulenc and Bernac.  Of the day’s performers, Rosemarie Landry and Bruce Ubukata each had the good fortune to study French repertoire, including the works of Poulenc, with Bernac.  Furthermore, we were overjoyed to welcome as animateur an old friend, Graham Johnson, founder of England’s “Songmakers’ Almanac”, one of the finest accompanists of the present day and a world authority on the songs of Poulenc.

Song Artist Composer Poet
Fancy Shaw, Eric, tenor; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Poulenc, Francis Shakespeare, William
Toréador: Chanson hispano-italienne Landry, Rosemarie, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Poulenc, Francis Cocteau, Jean
La Colombe Pedrotti, Mark, baritone; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Poulenc, Francis Apollinaire, Guillaume
Le Serpent Pedrotti, Mark, baritone; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Poulenc, Francis Apollinaire, Guillaume
La Puce Pedrotti, Mark, baritone; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Poulenc, Francis Apollinaire, Guillaume
Bleuet Shaw, Eric, tenor; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Poulenc, Francis Apollinaire, Guillaume
A sa guitare Landry, Rosemarie, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Poulenc, Francis Ronsard, Pierre de
Sicilienne (Suite française) Ralls, Stephen, piano Poulenc, Francis n/a
Pierrot Pedrotti, Mark, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Poulenc, Francis Banville, Théodore de
L’Embarquement pour Cythère Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, 2 pianos Poulenc, Francis n/a
Dans le jardin d’Anna (Deux Poèmes de Guillaume Apollinaire) Shaw, Eric, tenor; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Poulenc, Francis Apollinaire, Guillaume
Allons plus vite (Deux Poèmes de Guillaume Apollinaire) Shaw, Eric, tenor; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Poulenc, Francis Apollinaire, Guillaume
Montparnasse Pedrotti, Mark, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Poulenc, Francis Apollinaire, Guillaume
Hyde Park Pedrotti, Mark, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Poulenc, Francis Apollinaire, Guillaume
La Grenouillère Pedrotti, Mark, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Poulenc, Francis Apollinaire, Guillaume
Reine des mouettes (Métamorphoses) Landry, Rosemarie, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Poulenc, Francis Vilmorin, Louise de
C’est ainsi que tu es (Métamorphoses) Landry, Rosemarie, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Poulenc, Francis Vilmorin, Louise de
Paganini (Métamorphoses) Landry, Rosemarie, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Poulenc, Francis Vilmorin, Louise de
INTERMISSION
Andante lyrico (Sonate pour deux pianos) Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, 2 pianos Poulenc, Francis n/a
C (Deux Poèmes de Louis Aragon) Shaw, Eric, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Poulenc, Francis Aragon, Louis
Fêtes galantes (Deux Poèmes de Louis Aragon) Shaw, Eric, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Poulenc, Francis Aragon, Louis
Colloque Landry, Rosemarie, soprano; Pedrotti, Mark, baritone; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Poulenc, Francis Valéry, Paul
Le Tombeau (Poèmes de Ronsard) Shaw, Eric, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Poulenc, Francis Ronsard, Pierre de

Tu vois le feu du soir (Miroirs brûlants)

Pedrotti, Mark, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano

Poulenc, Francis Eluard, Paul

Je nommerai ton front (Miroirs brûlants)

Pedrotti, Mark, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano

Poulenc, Francis

Eluard, Paul

Ba, be, bi, bo, bu … (La Courte paille) Landry, Rosemarie, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Poulenc, Francis Carême, Maurice
Les Anges musiciens (La Courte paille) Landry, Rosemarie, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Poulenc, Francis Carême, Maurice
Le Carafon (La Courte paille) Landry, Rosemarie, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Poulenc, Francis Carême, Maurice
Lune d’avril (La Courte paille) Landry, Rosemarie, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Poulenc, Francis Carême, Maurice
Nos souvenirs qui chantent – ENCORE Landry, Rosemarie, soprano; Shaw, Eric, tenor; Pedrotti, Mark, baritone; Johnson, Graham / Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, 2 pianos Poulenc, Francis / Bonneau, Paul Tatry, Robert