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Recital: Gerald Finley – January 11, 2002 | Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto
Settings of English poets by the great composers

date: January 11, 2002

We were honoured on this occasion to be able to present one of our greatest celebrities, in the person of the distinguished baritone Gerald Finley, already one of the leading singers of his generation.  He had appeared with us a number of times over the years, starting with our first appearance at the Aldeburgh Festival in 1988.  For the present recital, it was the singer’s ingenious idea to programme settings of English poetry by a range of song composers.  We began with some well-known Schubert,  quickly proceeding to some distinctly unfamiliar Loewe and Schumann and finishing the first half with Sibelius and Korngold.  The second half was devoted to works by Britten:  his Songs and Proverbs of William Blake, followed by four early songs.  Three splendid encores included an excerpt from Mark Anthony Turnage’s The Silver Tassie, in performances of which Mr Finley had recently starred with the English National Opera.

Song Artist Composer Poet
An Sylvia, D891 Finley, Gerald, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schubert, Franz Shakespeare, William, trans. Bauernfeld, Eduard von
Ständchen, D889 Finley, Gerald, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schubert, Franz Shakespeare, William, trans. Schlegel, August Wilhelm von
Lied des gefangenen Jägers, D843 Finley, Gerald, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schubert, Franz Scott, Sir Walter, trans. Storck, Adam
Herodes Klage um Mariamne, Op.4/1 Finley, Gerald, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Loewe, Carl Byron, George Gordon, Lord, trans. Theremin, Franz
Totenklage, Op.4/5 Finley, Gerald, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Loewe, Carl Byron, George Gordon, Lord, trans. Theremin, Franz
Jordans Ufer, Op.13/4 Finley, Gerald, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Loewe, Carl Byron, George Gordon, Lord, trans. Theremin, Franz
Die Sonne der Schlaflosen, Op.13/6 Finley, Gerald, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Loewe, Carl Byron, George Gordon, Lord, trans. Theremin, Franz
An den Mond, Op.95/2 Finley, Gerald, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schumann, Robert Byron, George Gordon, Lord, trans. Körner, Julius
Dem Helden, Op.95/3 Finley, Gerald, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schumann, Robert Byron, George Gordon, Lord, trans. Körner, Julius
Aus den ‘Hebraischen Gesängen’, Op.25/15 (Myrthen) Finley, Gerald, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schumann, Robert Byron, George Gordon, Lord, trans. Körner, Julius
Die Flüchtlinge, Op.122/2 Finley, Gerald, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schumann, Robert Shelley, Percy Bysshe, trans. Seybt, Julius
Hållilå, uti storm och i regn, Op.60/2 Finley, Gerald, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Sibelius, Jean Shakespeare, William, trans. Hagberg, Karl August
Kom nu hit, död! Op.60/1 Finley, Gerald, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Sibelius, Jean Shakespeare, William, trans. Hagberg, Karl August
My mistress’ eyes, Op.38/5 Finley, Gerald, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Korngold, Erich Shakespeare, William
INTERMISSION
Songs and Proverbs of William Blake, Op.74 Finley, Gerald, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Britten, Benjamin Blake, William
A Song of Enchantment (Tit for Tat) Finley, Gerald, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Britten, Benjamin Mare, Walter de la
Silver (Tit for Tat) Finley, Gerald, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Britten, Benjamin Mare, Walter de la
Cradle Song Finley, Gerald, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Britten, Benjamin MacNeice, Louis
When you’re feeling like expressing your affection Finley, Gerald, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Britten, Benjamin Auden, Wystan Hugh
The Plough Boy – ENCORE Finley, Gerald, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Shield, William, arr. Britten, Benjamin anon.
The Silver Tassie (excerpt) – ENCORE Finley, Gerald, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Turnage, Mark Anthony Holden, Amanda
It was a lover and his lass, Op.18/5 (Let us Garlands Bring) –   ENCORE Finley, Gerald, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Finzi, Gerald Shakespeare, William