Performance Friday, February 13, 2015 | 7:30 PM

Nathaniel Olson
Kevin Murphy

Weill Recital Hall
With a robust baritone that’s perfectly suited to opera, oratorio, and song, Nathaniel Olson continues to win acclaim with each performance. Olson returns to Carnegie Hall with a program that features Schumann's Op. 24 Liederkreis and songs by such composers as Copland, Barber, and others.

Part of Salon Encores.


  • Nathaniel Olson, Baritone
  • Kevin Murphy, Piano


  • SCHUMANN Liederkreis, Op. 24
    ·· Morgens steh’ich auf und frage
    ·· Es treibt mich hin
    ·· Ich wandelte unter den Bäumen
    ·· Lieb’ Liebchen
    ·· Schöne Wiege meiner Leiden
    ·· Warte, warte, wilder Schiffmann
    ·· Berg' und Burgen schaun herunter
    ·· Anfangs wollt' ich fast verzagen
    ·· Mit Myrten und Rosen
  • RANGSTRÖM "Det finns väl så många i världen att äga"
  • RANGSTRÖM "Min grav"
  • RANGSTRÖM "Den enda stunden"
  • RANGSTRÖM "Semele, Semele"
  • FOSTER "Beautiful Dreamer"
  • ROREM "Early in the Morning"
  • COPLAND "The Little Horses"
  • EISLER Selections from Ernste Gesänge
    Vorspiel und Spruch
    ·· Verzweiflung
    ·· An die Hoffnung
    ·· X.X. Parteitag
    ·· Komm ins Offene, Freund
    ·· Epilog
  • BARBER Four Songs, Op. 13
    ·· A Nun Takes the Veil
    ·· The Secrets of the Old
    ·· Sure on this shining night
    ·· Nocturne

At a Glance

On this evening’s program, we traverse the 19th and 20th centuries, alternating between German and American repertoires with a set devoted to early 20th-century Swedish songs.

The composition of lieder was Robert Schumann’s principal occupation in 1840, his “year of song.” Liederkreis, Op. 24, is the composer’s first cycle on texts by Heinrich Heine, one of his favorite poets. In the set that follows, we hear songs by Ture Rangström, one of the last heirs of the Swedish Romantic tradition.

Dreams of several kinds waft through a selection of tender songs by a trio of American composers: a morning serenade to the beloved, a serenade to being in love and in Paris, and a lullaby for a child.

German composer Hanns Eisler endured much in his lifetime: exile from Nazi Germany, deportation after being condemned by the House Un-American Activities Committee, and disappointed idealism in Communist East Germany. Near the end of his life, he wrote Ernste Gesänge on themes of resignation and remembrance.

The program ends with four songs by Samuel Barber on texts by poets who include Gerard Manley Hopkins and William Butler Yeats.
This concert is made possible by The Ruth Morse Fund for Vocal Excellence.
This concert is part of the Marilyn Horne legacy at Carnegie Hall.
This performance is part of Great Singers III: Evenings of Song.

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