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Recital: Catherine Robbin | Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto
A recital of favourite songs in English, French and German

date: December 1, 1998

Our distinguished mezzo colleague, accompanied by her long-time collaborator, presented a finely balanced recital which began and ended with songs in English.  After a contrasting group of Purcell songs, she sang a favourite cycle of hers (and ours), the Cinq Mélodies de Venise of Gabriel Fauré.  Joined by viola, she then performed two songs by Brahms, the second of which foreshadowed the approaching Christmas season  –  those words (“Dir ihr schwebet”)were also set by Hugo Wolf among the Spanische Lieder she sang in the second half.  The concert ended with a group of Healey Willan’s Irish songs.

Song Artist Composer Poet
If music be the food of love, 3rd setting Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Purcell, Henry, real. Britten, Benjamin Heveningham, Henry
I attempt from love’s sickness to fly (The Indian Queen) Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Purcell, Henry, real. Britten, Benjamin Howard, Robert
Fairest Isle (King Arthur) Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Purcell, Henry, real. Britten, Benjamin Dryden, John
Altisidora’s Song: From rosy bow’rs (Don Quixote) Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Purcell, Henry D’Urfey, Thomas
Mandoline, Op.58/1 (Cinq Mélodies de Venise) Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Fauré, Gabriel Verlaine, Paul
En sourdine, Op.58/2 (Cinq Mélodies de Venise) Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Fauré, Gabriel Verlaine, Paul
Green, Op.58/3 (Cinq Mélodies de Venise) Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Fauré, Gabriel Verlaine, Paul
A Clymène, Op.58/4 (Cinq Mélodies de Venise) Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Fauré, Gabriel Verlaine, Paul
C’est l’extase, Op.58/5 (Cinq Mélodies de Venise) Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Fauré, Gabriel Verlaine, Paul
Gestillte Sehnsucht, Op.91/1 Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Perry, Douglas, viola; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Brahms, Johannes Rückert, Friedrich
Geistliches Wiegenlied, Op.91/2 Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Perry, Douglas, viola; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Brahms, Johannes Vega, Lope de, trans. Geibel, Emanuel
INTERMISSION
Nun wandre, Maria (Spanisches Liederbuch) Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Wolf, Hugo Ocaña, Francisco de, trans. Heyse, Paul
Ach, des Knaben Augen sind mir so schön (Spanisches Liederbuch) Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Wolf, Hugo Ubeda, Lopez de, trans. Heyse, Paul
Die ihr schwebet (Spanisches Liederbuch) Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Wolf, Hugo Vega, Lope de, trans. Geibel, Emanuel
Schlafendes Jesuskind (Mörike-Lieder) Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Wolf, Hugo Mörike, Eduard
Zum neuen Jahr – Kirchengesang (Mörike-Lieder) Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Wolf, Hugo Mörike, Eduard
The Little Red Lark Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Irish folksong, arr. Willan, Healey anon.
The Lake Isle of Innisfree Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Willan, Healey Yeats, William Butler
Avenging and bright Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Irish folksong, arr. Willan, Healey Moore, Thomas
An Old Derry Air Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Irish folksong, arr. Willan, Healey Ransom, Will
A Fairy Tale Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Willan, Healey Holland, Norah Mary
I know my love – ENCORE Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Irish folksong, arr. Hughes, Herbert anon.
Bethlehem Down – ENCORE Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Warlock, Peter Blunt, Bruce
Der Musensohn, D764 – ENCORE Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schubert, Franz Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von