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Valse des fleurs – January 27, 2013 | Walter Hall, Toronto
Russian songs of the 19th century

Date: January 27, 2013

The concert was structured around excerpts from the essay, Valse des fleurs, written by Sir Sacheverell Sitwell, Bt., and subtitled A Day in St. Petersburg in 1868.  The narrative finishes with a description of a grand ball in the Winter Palace, for which we performed the Valse des fleurs from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker.  The performance was dedicated to the memory of Galina Vishnevskaya, the singer who had died on December 11, 2012.  The reader was Andrew Gillies.

SONG ARTIST COMPOSER POET
Introduction (The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66a) Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich, arr. Rachmaninov, Sergei n/a
Where are you, little star? Bradley, Leslie Ann, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Mussorgsky, Modest Grekov, Nikolai
The Sleeping Princess Krause, Anita, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Borodin, Alexander Borodin, Alexander
Look, darling girl Bradley, Leslie Ann, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Dargomizhsky, Alexander anon.
A flight of passing clouds, Op.42/3 Haji, Andrew, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai Pushkin, Alexander
In the orchard, by the brook, Op.46/4 Bradley, Leslie Ann, soprano; Krause, Anita, mezzo; Ralls, Stephen, piano Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich Shevchenko, Taras, trans. Surikov, Ivan
Gopak Krause, Anita, mezzo; Ralls, Stephen, piano Mussorgsky, Modest Shevchenko, Taras, trans. Mey, Lev
I still remember Haji, Andrew, tenor; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Glinka, Mikhail Pushkin, Alexander
Venetian Night: a fantasy Krause, Anita, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Glinka, Mikhail Pushkin, Alexander
Adagio (The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66a) Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich, arr. Rachmaninov, Sergei n/a
The Sea Princess Bradley, Leslie Ann, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Borodin, Alexander Borodin, Alexander
O come to me! Haji, Andrew, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Balakirev, Mily Koltsov, Alexey
The False Note Haji, Andrew, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Borodin, Alexander Borodin, Alexander
Tears, Op.46/3 Bradley, Leslie Ann, soprano; Krause, Anita, mezzo; Ralls, Stephen, piano Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich Tyuchev, Fyodor
The Statue at Tsarkoe Selo Krause, Anita, mezzo; Ralls, Stephen, piano Cui, César Pushkin, Alexander
Evening Prayer (The Nursery) Bradley, Leslie Ann, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Mussorgsky, Modest Mussorgsky, Modest
Panorama (The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66a) Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich n/a
INTERMISSION
Polonaise (A Life for the Tsar) Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Glinka, Mikhail n/a
The Canary, Op.25/4 Bradley, Leslie Ann, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich Mey, Lev
Amid the din of the ball, Op.38/3 Haji, Andrew, tenor; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich Tolstoy, Alexey
Valse des fleurs (The Nutcracker, Op.71) Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich n/a
Song of the Dark Forest: an old song Krause, Anita, mezzo; Ralls, Stephen, piano Borodin, Alexander Borodin, Alexander
Look, darling girl – ENCORE Bradley, Leslie Ann, soprano; Krause, Anita, mezzo; Haji, Andrew, tenor; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Dargomizhsky, Alexander anon.