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Recital: Valdine Anderson | Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto
Songs for soprano with a contemporary emphasis

date: February 21, 2001

Valdine Anderson is an extremely versatile artist whose repertoire extends from Handel and Mozart to Webern and Thomas Adès.  Her recital for us was similarly varied and full of rarities.  Particular highlights included the Three Songs, Op.25, of Webern and some of Szymanowski’s Lovesongs of Hafiz, Op.24, sung in Polish as set by the composer.  The final programmed item, from Adès’s opera Powder her Face, was a tour-de-force, particularly authentic since Ms Anderson sang in the premiere in 1995.  The encore by Previn established an effective, calm contrast in mood.

Song Artist Composer Poet
Ch’io mi scordi di te: Scena and Rondo, K505 Anderson, Valdine, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus Varesco, Giambattista
Wie bin ich froh, Op.25/1 (Drei Lieder nach Hildegard Jone) Anderson, Valdine, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Webern, Anton Jone, Hildegard
Des Herzens Purpurvogel, Op.25/2 (Drei Lieder nach Hildegard Jone) Anderson, Valdine, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Webern, Anton Jone, Hildegard
Sterne, Ihr silbernen Bienen, Op.25/3 (Drei Lieder nach Hildegard Jone) Anderson, Valdine, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Webern, Anton Jone, Hildegard
Mira que soy niña (Canciones amatorias) Anderson, Valdine, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Granados, Enrique anon. Spanish
Mañanica era (Canciones amatorias) Anderson, Valdine, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Granados, Enrique anon. Spanish
Llorad, corazòn (Canciones amatorias) Anderson, Valdine, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Granados, Enrique Góngora y Argote, Luis de
No lloréis ojuelos (Canciones amatorias) Anderson, Valdine, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Granados, Enrique Vega, Lope de
Iban al pinar (Canciones amatorias) Anderson, Valdine, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Granados, Enrique Góngora y Argote, Luis de
Gracia mía (Canciones amatorias) Anderson, Valdine, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Granados, Enrique anon. Spanish
INTERMISSION
Žyczenia, Op.24/1 (Love Songs of Hafiz) Anderson, Valdine, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Szymanowski, Karol Bethge, Hans, after Hafiz, trans. Barącz, Stanisław
Zakochany wiatr, Op.24/5 (Love Songs of Hafiz) Anderson, Valdine, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Szymanowski, Karol Bethge, Hans, after Hafiz, trans. Barącz, Stanisław
Taniec, Op.24/4 (Love Songs of Hafiz) Anderson, Valdine, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Szymanowski, Karol Bethge, Hans, after Hafiz, trans. Barącz, Stanisław
Tell me the truth about love (Cabaret Songs) Anderson, Valdine, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Britten, Benjamin Auden, Wystan Hugh
Funeral Blues (Cabaret Songs) Anderson, Valdine, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Britten, Benjamin Auden, Wystan Hugh
Johnny (Cabaret Songs) Anderson, Valdine, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Britten, Benjamin Auden, Wystan Hugh
Calypso (Cabaret Songs) Anderson, Valdine, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Britten, Benjamin Auden, Wystan Hugh
Fancy (Powder her Face) Anderson, Valdine, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Adès, Thomas Hensher, Philip
Take my mother home (Honey and Rue) – ENCORE Anderson, Valdine, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Previn, André Morrison, Toni