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Recital: Nathan Berg | Glenn Gould Studio
A recital of romantic songs in German and English

date: February 25, 2000

We were happy to present the talented baritone Nathan Berg, whose career has taken him to Europe, notably for performances and recordings of baroque repertoire with Les Arts florissants under William Christie.  This recital took quite a different tack.  Each half finished with a well-known Romantic song-cycle for baritone:  Brahms’s Four Serious Songs and, at the close, Vaughan Williams’s Songs of Travel.  He began, however, with some of Mendelssohn’s unfamiliar songs and programmed a rare group by the Swiss composer, Othmar Schoeck, after the intermission.  Mendelssohn and Schoeck also provided his encores.

Song Artist Composer Poet
Der Blumenkranz Berg, Nathan, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix Moore, Thomas, trans. Freiligrath, Ferdinand
Da lieg’ ich unter den Bäumen, Op.84/1 Berg, Nathan, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix anon.
Auf der Wanderschaft, Op.71/5 Berg, Nathan, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix Lenau, Nikolaus
Venetianisches Gondellied, Op.57/5 Berg, Nathan, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix Moore, Thomas, trans. Freiligrath, Ferdinand
Reiselied, Op. 34/6 Berg, Nathan, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix Heine, Heinrich
Denn es gehet dem Menschen, Op.121/1 (Vier ernste Gesänge) Berg, Nathan, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Brahms, Johannes Ecclesiastes 3
Ich wandte mich, Op.121/2 (Vier ernste Gesänge) Berg, Nathan, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Brahms, Johannes Ecclesiastes 4
O Tod wie bitter bist du, Op.121/3 (Vier ernste Gesänge) Berg, Nathan, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Brahms, Johannes Ecclesiasticus 41
Wenn ich mit Menschen- und mit Engelszungen redete, Op.121/4 (Vier ernste Gesänge) Berg, Nathan, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Brahms, Johannes Corinthians I 13
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Ich würd’ es hören, Op.60/22 (Das stille Leuchten) Berg, Nathan, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schoeck, Othmar Meyer, Conrad Ferdinand
Requiem, Op.60/25 (Das stille Leuchten) Berg, Nathan, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schoeck, Othmar Meyer, Conrad Ferdinand
Nachklang, Op. 30/7 Berg, Nathan, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schoeck, Othmar Eichendorff, Joseph Freiherr von
Abendlied, Op.55/12 (Unter Sternen) Berg, Nathan, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schoeck, Othmar Keller, Gottfried
The Vagabond (Songs of Travel) Berg, Nathan, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Williams, Ralph Vaughan Stevenson, Robert Louis
Let Beauty awake (Songs of Travel) Berg, Nathan, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Williams, Ralph Vaughan Stevenson, Robert Louis
The Roadside Fire (Songs of Travel) Berg, Nathan, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Williams, Ralph Vaughan Stevenson, Robert Louis
Youth and Love (Songs of Travel) Berg, Nathan, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Williams, Ralph Vaughan Stevenson, Robert Louis
In dreams (Songs of Travel) Berg, Nathan, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Williams, Ralph Vaughan Stevenson, Robert Louis
The infinite shining heavens (Songs of Travel) Berg, Nathan, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Williams, Ralph Vaughan Stevenson, Robert Louis
Whither must I wander? (Songs of Travel) Berg, Nathan, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Williams, Ralph Vaughan Stevenson, Robert Louis
Bright is the ring of words (Songs of Travel) Berg, Nathan, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Williams, Ralph Vaughan Stevenson, Robert Louis
I have trod the upward and the downward slope (Songs of Travel) Berg, Nathan, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Williams, Ralph Vaughan Stevenson, Robert Louis
Scheidend, Op,9/6 – ENCORE Berg, Nathan, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix Voss, Johann Heinrich
Auf dem Rhein, Op.30/12 – ENCORE Berg, Nathan, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schoeck, Othmar Eichendorff, Joseph Freiherr von