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Recital: Donna Brown and Catherine Robbin | Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto
Songs and duets by German and French composers

date: October 19, 2001

Donna Brown and Catherine Robbin had long wanted to perform a recital together  –  so we were happy to oblige by providing them with a stage.  Their first half was devoted to duets and solo songs by Mendelssohn and Schumann (including three songs by Robert’s wife, Clara).  The French second half featured Berlioz (his touchingly beautiful Mort d’Ophélie), Debussy and Poulenc  –  the latter’s Banalités, arguably his greatest song-cycle.  After two more duets by French composers, the evening finished with Brahms’s uproarious Die Schwestern, only to be capped by Sisters from Irving Berlin’s White Christmas.

Song Artist Composer Poet
Ich wollt’ meine Lieb’ ergösse sich, Op.63/1 Brown, Donna, soprano; Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix Heine, Heinrich
Abschiedslied der Zugvögel, Op.63/2 Brown, Donna, soprano; Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Fallersleben, Hoffmann von
Gruss, Op.63/3 Brown, Donna, soprano; Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Eichendorff, Joseph Freiherr von
Herbstlied, Op.63/4 Brown, Donna, soprano; Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Klingemann, Karl
Abschied von Frankreich, Op.135/1 (Gedichte der Königin Maria Stuart) Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schumann, Robert Mary, Queen of Scots, trans. Vincke, Gisbert von
Nach der Geburt ihres Sohnes, Op.135/2 (Gedichte der Königin Maria Stuart) Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schumann, Robert Mary, Queen of Scots, trans. Vincke, Gisbert von
An die Königin Elisabeth, Op.135/3 (Gedichte der Königin Maria Stuart) Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schumann, Robert Mary, Queen of Scots, trans. Vincke, Gisbert von
Abschied von der Welt, Op.135/4 (Gedichte der Königin Maria Stuart) Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schumann, Robert Mary, Queen of Scots, trans. Vincke, Gisbert von
Gebet, Op.135/5 (Gedichte der Königin Maria Stuart) Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schumann, Robert Mary, Queen of Scots, trans. Vincke, Gisbert von
Der Nussbaum, Op.25/3 (Myrthen) Brown, Donna, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schumann, Robert Mosen, Julius
Röselein, Röselein, Op.89/6 Brown, Donna, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schumann, Robert Neun, Wilfried von der
Die Lotosblume, Op.25/7 (Myrthen) Brown, Donna, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schumann, Robert Heine, Heinrich
Liebst du um Schönheit, Op.12/4 Brown, Donna, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schumann, Clara Rückert, Friedrich
Warum willst du and’re fragen, Op.12/11 Brown, Donna, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schumann, Clara Rückert, Friedrich
Das ist ein Tag, der klingen mag, Op.23/5 Brown, Donna, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schumann, Clara Rollett, Hermann
Erste Begegnung, Op.74/1 (Spanisches Liederspiel) Brown, Donna, soprano; Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schumann, Robert Vicente, Gil, trans. Geibel, Emanuel
Wenn ich ein Vöglein wär, Op.43/1 Brown, Donna, soprano; Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schumann, Robert anon. (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)
Herbstlied, Op.43/2 Brown, Donna, soprano; Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schumann, Robert Mahlmann, Siegfried August
Mailied, Op.103/1 Brown, Donna, soprano; Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schumann, Robert Kulmann, Elisabeth
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Le Trébuchet, Op.13/3 (Fleurs des landes) Brown, Donna, soprano; Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Berlioz, Hector Bertin, Antoine de / Deschamps, Emile
La Mort d’Ophélie, Op.18/2 Brown, Donna, soprano; Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Berlioz, Hector Shakespeare, William, trans. Legouvé, Ernest
C’est l’extase (Ariettes oubliées) Brown, Donna, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Debussy, Claude Verlaine, Paul
Il pleure dans mon coeur (Ariettes oubliées) Brown, Donna, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Debussy, Claude Verlaine, Paul
L’ombre des arbres (Ariettes oubliées) Brown, Donna, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Debussy, Claude Verlaine, Paul
Green (Ariettes oubliées) Brown, Donna, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Debussy, Claude Verlaine, Paul
Chanson d’Orkenise (Banalités) Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Poulenc, Francis Apollinaire, Guillaume
Hôtel (Banalités) Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Poulenc, Francis Apollinaire, Guillaume
Fagnes de Wallonie (Banalités) Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Poulenc, Francis Apollinaire, Guillaume
Voyage à Paris (Banalités) Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Poulenc, Francis Apollinaire, Guillaume
Sanglots (Banalités) Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Poulenc, Francis Apollinaire, Guillaume
Puisqu’ici-bas toute âme, Op.10/1 Brown, Donna, soprano; Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Fauré, Gabriel Hugo, Victor
El desdichado (Boléro) Brown, Donna, soprano; Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Saint-Saëns, Camille anon.
Die Schwestern, Op.61/1 – ENCORE Brown, Donna, soprano; Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Brahms, Johannes Mörike, Eduard
Sisters (White Christmas) – ENCORE Brown, Donna, soprano; Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Berlin, Irving Berlin, Irving