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Valse des fleurs – January 23, 2005 | Walter Hall, Toronto
Russian songs of the 19th century

date: January 23, 2005

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 reader was Anthony Bekenn.

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? Brown, Donna, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Mussorgsky, Modest Grekov, Nikolai
The Sleeping Princess Krause, Anita, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Borodin, Alexander Borodin, Alexander
Look, darling girl Brown, Donna, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Dargomizhsky, Alexander anon.
A flight of passing clouds, Op.42/3 Colvin, Michael, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai Pushkin, Alexander
In the orchard, by the brook, Op.46/4 Brown, Donna, 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 Colvin, Michael, 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 Brown, Donna, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Borodin, Alexander Borodin, Alexander
O come to me! Colvin, Michael, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Balakirev, Mily Koltsov, Alexey
The False Note Colvin, Michael, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Borodin, Alexander Borodin, Alexander
Tears, Op.46/3 Brown, Donna, soprano; Krause, Anita, mezzo; Ralls, Stephen, piano Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich Tyuchev, Fyodor
The Statue at Tsarskoe Selo Krause, Anita, mezzo; Ralls, Stephen, piano Cui, César Pushkin, Alexander
Evening Prayer (The Nursery) Brown, Donna, 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 Brown, Donna, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich Mey, Lev
Amid the din of the ball, Op.38/3 Colvin, Michael, 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 Brown, Donna, soprano; Krause, Anita, mezzo; Colvin, Michael, tenor; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Dargomizhsky, Alexander anon.