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The songs of Henri Duparc (1848-1933) | Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto
A tribute to one of the greatest French song composers

date: May 14, 1999

Two of our finest singers joined forces in this project, to perform and record the songs of Duparc.  Rated as highly as any in the French repertoire, the sixteen songs of this composer were written over a period of about fifteen years.  His final song, La Vie antérieure, was finished in 1884, after which there was total silence from Duparc.  In this concert, the songs were performed in order of composition, except for Au pays où se fait la guerre which we performed out of sequence.  (That song is, in any case, more of an aria, being the sole remaining fragment of an opera, Roussalka, which the composer destroyed.)  A few days later, the complete programme was recorded in the Glenn Gould Studio and subsequently released as a CBC disc.

Song Artist Composer Poet
Chanson triste Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Ralls, Stephen, piano Duparc, Henri Lahor, Jean
Soupir Finley, Gerald, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Duparc, Henri Sully Prudhomme, René-François-Armand
Sérénade Finley, Gerald, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Duparc, Henri Marc, Gabriel
Le Galop Finley, Gerald, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Duparc, Henri Sully Prudhomme, René-François-Armand
Romance de Mignon Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Ralls, Stephen, piano Duparc, Henri Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von, trans. Wilder, Victor
L’Invitation au voyage Finley, Gerald, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Duparc, Henri Baudelaire, Charles
La Vague et la cloche Finley, Gerald, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Duparc, Henri Coppée, François
Elégie Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Ralls, Stephen, piano Duparc, Henri Moore, Thomas, trans. MacSwiney, Ellie
Extase Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Ralls, Stephen, piano Duparc, Henri Lahor, Jean
INTERMISSION
Le Manoir de Rosemonde Finley, Gerald, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Duparc, Henri Bonnières, Robert de
Sérénade florentine Finley, Gerald, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Duparc, Henri Lahor, Jean
Phidylé Finley, Gerald, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Duparc, Henri Leconte de Lisle, Charles-Marie-René
Testament Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Ralls, Stephen, piano Duparc, Henri Silvestre, Armand
Lamento Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Ralls, Stephen, piano Duparc, Henri Gautier, Théophile
Au pays où se fait la guerre Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Ralls, Stephen, piano Duparc, Henri Gautier, Théophile
La Vie antérieure Finley, Gerald, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Duparc, Henri Baudelaire, Charles
La Fuite – ENCORE Robbin, Catherine, mezzo; Finley, Gerald, baritone Duparc, Henri Gautier, Théophile