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Recital: Monica Whicher and Susan Platts | Glenn Gould Studio
Songs and duets by Chausson, Fauré, Brahms and Britten

date: February 7, 2000

The works of Benjamin Britten have always been important to us, our connection with Aldeburgh being explicit in the very name of our organization.  In view of the approaching quarter-century since the composer’s death (2001) and the ninetieth anniversary of his birth (2003), we projected an ongoing survey of all of his major vocal chamber works.  This was to stretch over a longer period of time than we anticipated  –  until our final concert in 2013, in fact.  Two expert singers set the ball rolling with two of the song-cycles written for female voices, together with the only two duets which were published in Britten’s lifetime.  French and German songs and duets provided a pleasantly contrasting first half of our concert.

Song Artist Composer Poet
La Nuit, Op.11/1 Whicher, Monica, soprano; Platts, Susan, mezzo Chausson, Ernest Banville, Théodore de
Réveil, Op.11/2 Whicher, Monica, soprano; Platts, Susan, mezzo Chausson, Ernest Balzac, Honoré de
Arpège, Op.76/2 Whicher, Monica, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Fauré, Gabriel Samain, Albert
Soir, Op.83/2 Whicher, Monica, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Fauré, Gabriel Samain, Albert
Les Berceaux, Op.23/1 Whicher, Monica, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Fauré, Gabriel Sully Prudhomme, René-François-Armand
Spleen, Op.51/3 Whicher, Monica, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Fauré, Gabriel Verlaine, Paul
Mandoline, Op.58/1 (Cinq Mélodies de Venise) Whicher, Monica, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Fauré, Gabriel Verlaine, Paul
Wie Melodien zieht es mir, Op.105/1 Platts, Susan, mezzo; Ralls, Stephen, piano Brahms, Johannes Groth, Klaus
Dämmrung senkte sich von oben, Op.59/1 Platts, Susan, mezzo; Ralls, Stephen, piano Brahms, Johannes Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
Auf dem See, Op.59/2 Platts, Susan, mezzo; Ralls, Stephen, piano Brahms, Johannes Simrock, Karl
Regenlied, Op.59/3 Platts, Susan, mezzo; Ralls, Stephen, piano Brahms, Johannes Groth, Klaus
Ständchen, Op.106/1 Platts, Susan, mezzo; Ralls, Stephen, piano Brahms, Johannes Kugler, Franz Theodor
Die Schwestern, Op.61/1 Whicher, Monica, soprano; Platts, Susan, mezzo Brahms, Johannes Mörike, Eduard
Klosterfräulein, Op.61/2 Whicher, Monica, soprano; Platts, Susan, mezzo Brahms, Johannes Kerner, Justinus
Phänomen, Op.61/3 Whicher, Monica, soprano; Platts, Susan, mezzo Brahms, Johannes Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
Die Boten der Liebe, Op.61/4 Whicher, Monica, soprano; Platts, Susan, mezzo Brahms, Johannes Wenzig, Josef
INTERMISSION
Let the florid music praise, Op.11/1 (On This Island) Whicher, Monica, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Britten, Benjamin Auden, Wystan Hugh
Now the leaves are falling fast, Op.11/2 (On This Island) Whicher, Monica, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Britten, Benjamin Auden, Wystan Hugh
Seascape, Op.11/3 (On This Island) Whicher, Monica, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Britten, Benjamin Auden, Wystan Hugh
Nocturne, Op.11/4 (On This Island) Whicher, Monica, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Britten, Benjamin Auden, Wystan Hugh
As it is, plenty, Op.11/5 (On This Island) Whicher, Monica, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Britten, Benjamin Auden, Wystan Hugh
Cradle Song, Op.41/1 (A Charm of Lullabies) Platts, Susan, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Britten, Benjamin Blake, William
The Highland Balou, Op.41/2 (A Charm of Lullabies) Platts, Susan, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Britten, Benjamin Burns, Robert
Sephestia’s Lullaby, Op.41/3 (A Charm of Lullabies) Platts, Susan, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Britten, Benjamin Greene, Robert
A Charm, Op.41/4 (A Charm of Lullabies) Platts, Susan, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Britten, Benjamin Randolph, Thomas
The Nurse’s Song, Op.41/5 (A Charm of Lullabies) Platts, Susan, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Britten, Benjamin Philip, John
Mother Comfort (Two Ballads) Whicher, Monica, soprano; Platts, Susan, mezzo; Ralls, Stephen, piano Britten, Benjamin Slater, Montagu
Underneath the abject willow (Two Ballads) Whicher, Monica, soprano; Platts, Susan, mezzo; Ralls, Stephen, piano Britten, Benjamin Auden, Wystan Hugh
Ah, guarda, sorella (Così fan tutte, K588)   – ENCORE Whicher, Monica, soprano; Platts, Susan, mezzo; Ralls, Stephen, piano Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus Ponte, Lorenzo da