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The Wings of Song | Walter Hall, Toronto
A bicentenary tribute to Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, focussing on his song-writing

date: February 1, 2009

Three fine soloists presented a number of Mendelssohn’s songs and duets, a little-known part of his output.  We also performed some of his own piano-duet arrangements of music from the Octet, from the Midsummer Night’s Dream incidental music and of two of his Songs without Words.  A section of the concert presented narrative material and music associated with the composer’s times in England and with the Royal Family.

SONG ARTIST COMPOSER POET
Herbstlied, Op.63/4 Keith, Gillian, soprano; Turnbull, Elizabeth, mezzo; Ralls, Stephen, piano Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix Klingemann, Karl
Gruss, Op.19a/5 Wiliford, Lawrence, tenor; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix Heine, Heinrich
Frühlingslied, Op.43/3 Turnbull, Elizabeth, mezzo; Ralls, Stephen, piano Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix Klingemann, Karl
Suleika: Ach, um deine feuchten Schwingen, Op.34/4 Keith, Gillian, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix Willemer, Marianne von / Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
Suleika und Hatem, Op.8/12 Keith, Gillian, soprano; Wiliford, Lawrence, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Mendelssohn, Fanny Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
Allegro con fuoco, ma moderato (Octet, Op.20) Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix n/a
Volkslied, Op.63/5 Keith, Gillian, soprano; Turnbull, Elizabeth, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix Burns, Robert, trans. Freiligrath, Ferdinand
Die Liebende schreibt, Op.86/3 Turnbull, Elizabeth, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
Venetianisches Gondellied, Op.57/5 Wiliford, Lawrence, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix Moore, Thomas, trans. Freiligrath, Ferdinand
Schlafloser Augen Leuchte Turnbull, Elizabeth, mezzo; Ralls, Stephen, piano Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix Byron, George Gordon, Lord, trans, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix
Neue Liebe, Op.19a/4 Wiliford, Lawrence, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix Heine, Heinrich
Ich wollt’ meine Lieb’ ergösse sich, Op.63/1 Keith, Gillian, soprano; Turnbull, Elizabeth, mezzo; Ralls, Stephen, piano Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix Heine, Heinrich
Der Mond, Op.86/5 Turnbull, Elizabeth, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix Geibel, Emanuel von
Reiselied, Op.19a/6 Wiliford, Lawrence, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix Ebert, Karl Egon
Frühlingslied, Op.47/3 Keith, Gillian, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix Lenau, Nikolaus
INTERMISSION
Scheidend, Op.9/6 Keith, Gillian, soprano; Wiliford, Lawrence, tenor; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix Voss, Johann Heinrich
Schilflied, Op.71/4 Turnbull, Elizabeth, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix Lenau, Nikolaus
Italien, Op.8/3 Keith, Gillian, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Mendelssohn, Fanny Grillparzer, Franz
Lied ohne Worte, Op.62/3 Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix n/a
Lied ohne Worte, Op.62/2 Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix n/a
There be none of beauty’s daughters Wiliford, Lawrence, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix Byron, George Gordon, Lord
Scherzo (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix n/a
Altdeutsches Frühlingslied, Op.86/6 Turnbull, Elizabeth, mezzo; Ralls, Stephen, piano Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix Langenfeld, Friedrich Spee von
Des Mädchens Klage Keith, Gillian, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix Schiller, Friedrich von
Nachtlied, Op.71/6 Wiliford, Lawrence, tenor; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix Eichendorff, Joseph Freiherr von
Auf Flügeln des Gesänges, Op.34/2 – ENCORE Keith, Gillian, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix Heine, Heinrich