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Schubert and Brahms | Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto
Songs and piano music by Schubert and Brahms

date: April 14, 1997

Our large-scale celebration of the 200th birthday of Franz Schubert (see our concerts in January and February of this year) was succeeded, later in the season, by two concerts of music by two composers who fervently admired, even loved him: Brahms and Britten. This Schubert/Brahms instalment made use of some settings of identical texts by the two composers, together with specific songs which we know Brahms loved and which influenced his own compositions. The second half included a number of waltzes by each composer, both for voices and for piano-duet; moreover, it began with the Variations, Op.23, on a theme by Schumann which, that composer claimed in his last years, had been dictated to him by Schubert.

Song Artist Composer Poet
Minnelied, D429 Braun, Russell, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schubert, Franz Hölty, Ludwig
Die Mainacht, D194 Braun, Russell, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schubert, Franz Hölty, Ludwig
Die Mainacht, Op.43/2 Braun, Russell, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Brahms, Johannes Hölty, Ludwig
Minnelied, Op.71/5 Braun, Russell, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Brahms, Johannes Hölty, Ludwig
Liebesbotschaft, D959/1 Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schubert, Franz Rellstab, Ludwig
An die Nachtigall, D196 Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schubert, Franz Hölty, Ludwig
An die Nachtigall, Op.46/4 Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Brahms, Johannes Hölty, Ludwig
Botschaft, Op.47/1 Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Brahms, Johannes Daumer, Georg Friedrich
Suleika I (Was bedeutet die Bewegung?), D720 Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schubert, Franz Willemer, Marianne von / Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
Trockne Blumen, D795/18 (Die schöne Müllerin) Braun, Russell, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schubert, Franz Müller, Wilhelm
Wie schnell verschwindet, Op.33/11 (Die schöne Magelone) Braun, Russell, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Brahms, Johannes Tieck, Ludwig
Wie froh und frisch, Op.33/14 (Die schöne Magelone) Braun, Russell, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Brahms, Johannes Tieck, Ludwig
Von ewiger Liebe, Op.43/1 Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Brahms, Johannes Fallersleben, Hoffmann von
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Variations on a theme of Robert Schumann, Op.23 Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Brahms, Johannes n/a
Walzer, D145/1 Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schubert, Franz n/a
Walzer, D145/2 Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schubert, Franz n/a
Walzer, D365/29 Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schubert, Franz n/a
An den Frühling, D587 Braun, Russell, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schubert, Franz Schiller, Friedrich von
Walzer, Op.39/1 Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Brahms, Johannes n/a
Walzer, Op.39/2 Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Brahms, Johannes n/a
Walzer, Op.39/14 Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Brahms, Johannes n/a
An jeder Hand die Finger, Op.65/3 (Neue Liebeslieder) Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Brahms, Johannes Daumer, Georg Friedrich
Ihr schwarzen Augen, ihr dürft nur winken, Op.65/4 (Neue Liebeslieder) Braun, Russell, baritone; Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Brahms, Johannes Daumer, Georg Friedrich
Wahre, wahre deinen Sohn, Op.65/5 (Neue Liebeslieder) Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Brahms, Johannes Daumer, Georg Friedrich
Walzer, Op.39/15 Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Brahms, Johannes n/a
Die Nonne und der Ritter, Op.28/1 Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Braun, Russell, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Brahms, Johannes Eichendorff, Joseph Freiherr von
Vor der Tür, Op.28/2 Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Braun, Russell, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Brahms, Johannes anon.
Es rauschet das Wasser, Op.28/3 Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Braun, Russell, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Brahms, Johannes Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
Der Jäger und sein Liebchen, Op.28/4 Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Braun, Russell, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Brahms, Johannes Fallersleben, Hoffmann von
Vergebliches Ständchen, Op.84/4 – ENCORE Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Braun, Russell, baritone; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Brahms, Johannes anon.