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Recital: Donna Brown | Glenn Gould Studio
A French song recital

date: November 10, 2000

The distinguished soprano, Donna Brown, presented a recital entirely of French songs  –  appropriately enough, since she had lived for a number of years in France and had an especial sympathy for that repertoire.  Familiar songs by Fauré and Ravel framed some less familiar settings by Debussy which dated from early in his career, when he was entranced by the talented amateur soprano, Marie-Blanche Vasnier.  The final section of the recital showcased some of Britten’s engaging, but rarely heard, arrangements of French folksongs.

Song Artist Composer Poet
Les Roses d’Ispahan, Op.39/4 Brown, Donna, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Fauré, Gabriel Leconte de Lisle, Charles-Marie-René
Au bord de l’eau, Op.8/1 Brown, Donna, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Fauré, Gabriel Sully Prudhomme, René-François-Armand
Clair de lune, Op.46/2 Brown, Donna, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Fauré, Gabriel Verlaine, Paul
Spleen, Op.51/3 Brown, Donna, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Fauré, Gabriel Verlaine, Paul
En sourdine, Op.58/2 (Cinq Mélodies de Venise) Brown, Donna, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Fauré, Gabriel Verlaine, Paul
Mandoline, Op.58/1 (Cinq Mélodies de Venise) Brown, Donna, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Fauré, Gabriel Verlaine, Paul
Musique Brown, Donna, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Debussy, Claude Bourget, Paul
Beau soir Brown, Donna, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Debussy, Claude Bourget, Paul
Voici que le printemps Brown, Donna, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Debussy, Claude Bourget, Paul
Souhait Brown, Donna, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Debussy, Claude Banville, Théodore de
Fête galante Brown, Donna, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Debussy, Claude Banville, Théodore de
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Pantomime (Quatre Chansons de jeunesse) Brown, Donna, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Debussy, Claude Verlaine, Paul
En sourdine (Recueil Vasnier) Brown, Donna, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Debussy, Claude Verlaine, Paul
Mandoline Brown, Donna, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Debussy, Claude Verlaine, Paul
Clair de lune (Quatre Chansons de jeunesse) Brown, Donna, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Debussy, Claude Verlaine, Paul
Fantoches (Recueil Vasnier) Brown, Donna, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Debussy, Claude Verlaine, Paul
Le Réveil de la mariée (Cinq Mélodies populaires grecques) Brown, Donna, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Ravel, Maurice anon. Greek, trans. Calvocoressi, M.D.
Là-bas, vers l’église (Cinq Mélodies populaires grecques) Brown, Donna, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Ravel, Maurice anon. Greek, trans. Calvocoressi, M.D.
Quel galant m’est comparable? (Cinq Mélodies populaires grecques) Brown, Donna, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Ravel, Maurice anon. Greek, trans. Calvocoressi, M.D.
Chanson des cueilleuses de lentisques (Cinq Mélodies populaires grecques) Brown, Donna, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Ravel, Maurice anon. Greek, trans. Calvocoressi, M.D.
Tout gai! (Cinq Mélodies populaires grecques) Brown, Donna, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Ravel, Maurice anon. Greek, trans. Calvocoressi, M.D.
La belle est au jardin d’amour Brown, Donna, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano French folksong, arr. Britten, Benjamin anon.
Fileuse Brown, Donna, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano French folksong, arr. Britten, Benjamin anon.
Il est quelqu’un sur terre Brown, Donna, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano French folksong, arr. Britten, Benjamin anon.
Quand j’étais chez mon père Brown, Donna, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano French folksong, arr. Britten, Benjamin anon.
Zéphyr –   ENCORE Brown, Donna, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Debussy, Claude Banville, Théodore de
Ah! quel dîner je viens de faire (La Périchole) –   ENCORE Brown, Donna, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Offenbach, Jacques Meilhac, Henri / Halévy, Ludovic