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The Enchanted Garden – October 26, 2008 | Walter Hall, Toronto
Songs of Maurice Ravel

date: October 26, 2008

Three fine, but contrasting, singers presented a representative selection of Ravel’s songs, ranging from the quasi-medieval Sainte to the late Don Quichottesongs, inspired by the early 17th century.  Between these extremes of his career, there was tremendous variety, including the wonderfully inventive Histoires naturelles, which we divided between the three soloists.  Piano-duets included, of course, excerpts from the fairy-tale suite, Ma Mère l’Oye.  Debate still continues as to whether the well-known waltz attributed to F.D.Marchetti,  Fascination (our encore), was in fact ghost-written by Ravel.

SONG ARTIST COMPOSER POET
Sainte Carmichael, Philip, baritone; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Ravel, Maurice Mallarmé, Stéphane
D’Anne qui me jecta de la neige (Deux Epigrammes de Clément Marot) Paulin, Nathalie, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Ravel, Maurice Marot, Clément
D’Anne jouant de l’espinette (Deux Epigrammes de Clément Marot) Paulin, Nathalie, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Ravel, Maurice Marot, Clément
Le Paon (Histoires naturelles) McHardy, Allyson, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Ravel, Maurice Renard, Jules
Pavane pour une infante défunte Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Ravel, Maurice n/a
Rêves Carmichael, Philip, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Ravel, Maurice Fargue, Léon-Paul
Le Grillon (Histoires naturelles) Carmichael, Philip, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Ravel, Maurice Renard, Jules
L’Indifférent (Shéhérazade) McHardy, Allyson, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Ravel, Maurice Klingsor, Tristan
Les Entretiens de la Belle et de la Bête (Ma Mère l’Oye) Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Ravel, Maurice n/a
Laideronnette, impératrice des pagodes (Ma Mère l’Oye) Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Ravel, Maurice n/a
Asie (Shéhérazade) Paulin, Nathalie, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Ravel, Maurice Klingsor, Tristan
Five o’clock, Foxtrot (L’Enfant et les sortilèges) Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Ravel, Maurice n/a
INTERMISSION
La Pintade (Histoires naturelles) Carmichael, Philip, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Ravel, Maurice Renard, Jules
Le Cygne (Histoires naturelles) McHardy, Allyson, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Ravel, Maurice Renard, Jules
Le Martin-Pêcheur (Histoires naturelles) McHardy, Allyson, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Ravel, Maurice Renard, Jules
Les Grands vents venus d’outre-mer Paulin, Nathalie, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Ravel, Maurice Régnier, Henri de
Sur l’herbe Paulin, Nathalie, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Ravel, Maurice Verlaine, Paul
Ronsard à son âme McHardy, Allyson, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Ravel, Maurice Ronsard, Pierre de
Chanson romanesque (Don Quichotte à Dulcinée) Carmichael, Philip, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Ravel, Maurice Morand, Paul
Chanson épique (Don Quichotte à Dulcinée) Carmichael, Philip, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Ravel, Maurice Morand, Paul
Chanson à boire (Don Quichotte à Dulcinée) Carmichael, Philip, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Ravel, Maurice Morand, Paul
Le Jardin féerique (Ma Mère l’Oye) Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Ravel, Maurice n/a
Fascination –   ENCORE Paulin, Nathalie, soprano; McHardy, Allyson, mezzo; Carmichael, Philip, baritone; Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Ravel, Maurice ? Féraudy, Maurice de