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The Year of Song | Walter Hall, Toronto
Songs composed by Robert Schumann in his wedding year, 1840

date: December 5, 2010

As a bicentenary tribute to Robert Schumann, we programmed songs which he composed in his wedding year, 1840, known as the miraculous “year of song”.  Our two distinguished soloists performed parts of the five famous cycles: Liederkreis(Op.24), Myrthen(Op.25), Liederkreis(Op.39), Dichterliebe(Op.48) and Frauenliebe und -leben(Op.42), as well as other settings of Heine, Chamisso, Rückert, Geibel and Kerner.  Erin Wall was joined by tenor Patrick Jang for two duet settings and the three singers were joined by Erica Iris Huang in an encore, a partsong written by Schumann when he gave a piano as a birthday gift to Clara.  As a piano-duet, we performed the first movement of the “Spring” symphony, which Schumann had begun to sketch in December 1840.

SONG ARTIST COMPOSER POET
Es treibt mich hin, Op.24/2 (Heine-Liederkreis) Addis, Phillip, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schumann, Robert Heine, Heinrich
Schöne Wiege meiner Leiden, Op.24/5 (Heine-Liederkreis) Addis, Phillip, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schumann, Robert Heine, Heinrich
Anfangs wollt’ ich fast verzagen, Op.24/8 (Heine-Liederkreis) Addis, Phillip, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schumann, Robert Heine, Heinrich
Mit Myrthen und Rosen, Op.24/9 (Heine-Liederkreis) Addis, Phillip, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schumann, Robert Heine, Heinrich
Widmung, Op.25/1 (Myrthen) Wall, Erin, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schumann, Robert Rückert, Friedrich
Die Lotosblume, Op.25/7 (Myrthen) Wall, Erin, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schumann, Robert Heine, Heinrich
Du bist wie eine Blume, Op.25/24 (Myrthen) Addis, Phillip, baritone; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schumann, Robert Heine, Heinrich
Jasminenstrauch, Op.27/4 Wall, Erin, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schumann, Robert Rückert, Friedrich
Die beiden Grenadiere, Op.49/1 Addis, Phillip, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schumann, Robert Heine, Heinrich
Waldesgespräch, Op.39/3 (Eichendorff-Liederkreis) Wall, Erin, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schumann, Robert Eichendorff, Joseph Freiherr von
Mondnacht, Op.39/5 (Eichendorff-Liederkreis) Wall, Erin, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schumann, Robert Eichendorff, Joseph Freiherr von
Zwielicht, Op.39/10 (Eichendorff-Liederkreis) Addis, Phillip, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schumann, Robert Eichendorff, Joseph Freiherr von
Im wunderschönen Monat Mai, Op.48/1 (Dichterliebe) Addis, Phillip, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schumann, Robert Heine, Heinrich
Aus meinen Tränen spriessen, Op.48/2 (Dichterliebe) Addis, Phillip, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schumann, Robert Heine, Heinrich
Die Rose, die Lilie, Op.48/3 (Dichterliebe) Addis, Phillip, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schumann, Robert Heine, Heinrich
Wenn ich in deine Augen seh’, Op.48/4 (Dichterliebe) Addis, Phillip, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schumann, Robert Heine, Heinrich
Helft mir, ihr Schwestern, Op.42/5 (Frauenliebe und -leben) Wall, Erin, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schumann, Robert Chamisso, Adelbert von
Der Spielmann, Op.40/4 Addis, Phillip, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schumann, Robert Andersen, Hans Christian, trans. Chamisso, Adelbert von
An den Sonnenschein, Op.36/4 Wall, Erin, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schumann, Robert Reinick, Robert
Der Hidalgo, Op.30/3 Addis, Phillip, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schumann, Robert Geibel, Emanuel
INTERMISSION
Unterm Fenster, Op.34/3 Wall, Erin, soprano; Jang, Patrick, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schumann, Robert Burns, Robert, trans. Gerhard, Wilhelm
Familien-Gemälde, Op.34/4 Wall, Erin, soprano; Jang, Patrick, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schumann, Robert Grün, Anastasius
Andante, un poco maestoso – Allegro molto vivace (Symphony No. 1, Op.38, “Spring”) Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schumann, Robert n/a
Sehnsucht nach der Waldgegend, Op.35/5 Wall, Erin, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schumann, Robert Kerner, Justinus
Stille Tränen, Op.35/10 Addis, Phillip, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schumann, Robert Kerner, Justinus
Sängers Trost, Op.127/1 Wall, Erin, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schumann, Robert Kerner, Justinus
Zur Schenkung eines Flügels –   ENCORE Wall, Erin, soprano; Huang, Erica Iris, mezzo; Jang, Patrick, tenor; Addis, Phillip, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schumann, Robert anon.