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Schubert’s Cosmology – the 10th Greta Kraus Schubertiad | Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto
Settings by Schubert of poems about sun, moon and stars

date: November 28, 2007

As a sequel to our 2006 Schubertiad, which was “Schubert’s Florilegium”, this current celebration of the greatest song composer, and of our beloved mentor and friend, Greta Kraus, focussed on other aspects of the natural world  –  sun, moon and stars, potent images for poets in the 18th and early 19th centuries, and hence also for our composer.  Our research revealed that there were many more songs about the night-time phenomena than about those of the day-time.  This assymetrical balance was reflected in the programming.  Our two fine singers, vocally well-equipped for Schubertian style, alternated in some of the composer’s finest and most heart-felt songs.  At the centre of the concert, we performed one of his greatest piano-duets, the Allegro in A minor; the title of “The Storms of Life” given to it by the publisher (after Schubert’s death) sums up its sweeping, passionate nature, contrasting with the peaceful evocation of the moon which followed.

Song Artist Composer Poet
Auf der Riesenkoppe, D611 Balzer, Colin, tenor; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schubert, Franz Körner, Theodor
Morgenlied, D266 Balzer, Colin, tenor; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schubert, Franz Stolberg, Friedrich Leopold, Graf zu Stolberg-
Im Haine, D738 Hatfield, Virginia, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schubert, Franz Bruchmann, Franz von
An die untergehende Sonne, D457 Hatfield, Virginia, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schubert, Franz Kosegarten, Ludwig
Alinde, D904 Balzer, Colin, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schubert, Franz Rochlitz, Johann Friedrich
Beim Winde, D669 Hatfield, Virginia, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schubert, Franz Mayrhofer, Johann
Allegro in A minor: Lebensstürme, D947 Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schubert, Franz n/a
An den Mond, D296 Hatfield, Virginia, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schubert, Franz Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
Der liebliche Stern, D861 Balzer, Colin, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schubert, Franz Schulze, Ernst
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Entr’acte in B flat (Rosamunde, D797) Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schubert, Franz n/a
Der Vollmond strahlt (Rosamunde, D797) Hatfield, Virginia, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schubert, Franz Chézy, Helmina von
Abendstern, D806 Hatfield, Virginia, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schubert, Franz Mayrhofer, Johann
Die Sterne, D939 Hatfield, Virginia, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schubert, Franz Leitner, Karl Gottfried von
Der Wanderer an den Mond, D870 Balzer, Colin, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schubert, Franz Seidl, Johann Gabriel
An den Mond, D193 Balzer, Colin, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schubert, Franz Hölty, Ludwig
Sehnsucht, D879 Balzer, Colin, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schubert, Franz Seidl, Johann Gabriel
Licht und Liebe, D352 – ENCORE Hatfield, Virginia, soprano; Balzer, Colin, tenor; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schubert, Franz Collin, Matthäus von