CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS

Performance Friday, March 27, 2015 | 7:30 PM

Heidi Stober
Craig Terry

Weill Recital Hall
Soprano Heidi Stober’s critically acclaimed performances at the world’s great opera houses and recital halls have made her a singer in great demand. Opera News praised her “magnetic stage presence and lovely vocalism,” qualities she brings to her New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall.

This concert is part of Salon Encores. The contemporary work on this program is part of My Time, My Music.

Performers

  • Heidi Stober, Soprano
    New York Recital Debut
  • Craig Terry, Piano
  • David Heiss, Cello

Program

  • HAYDN "The Mermaid's Song," Hob. XXVIa: 25
  • HAYDN "O Tuneful Voice," Hob. XXXVIa: 42
  • HAYDN "Pastoral Song," Hob. XXXVIa: 27
  • SCHUBERT "Gute Nacht," D. 911, No. 1
  • SCHUBERT "Am Feierabend," D. 795, No. 5
  • SCHUBERT "Auf dem Wasser zu singen," D. 774
  • SCHUBERT "Der Zwerg," D. 771
  • SCHUBERT "Im Abendrot," D. 799
  • R. STRAUSS "Ich trage meine Minne," Op. 32, No. 1
  • R. STRAUSS "Junghexenlied," Op. 39, No. 2
  • R. STRAUSS "Meinem Kinde," Op. 37, No. 3
  • R. STRAUSS "Mein Auge," Op. 37, No. 4
  • R. STRAUSS "Muttertändelei," Op. 43, No. 2
  • DEBUSSY from Ariettes oubliées
    ·· C’est l’extase
    ·· Il pleure dans mon coeur
    ·· Chevaux de bois
    ·· Spleen
  • JAKE HEGGIE From the Book of Nightmares
  • CHAMINADE "Chanson de neige"
  • REGER "Die bunten Kühe"
  • CLARKE "Of Cheese," No. 3 from Opposites
  • WILDER "Milwaukee"

At a Glance

This evening’s program begins with three canzonettas born of Joseph Haydn’s extended trips to London. We hear a light, bright sea song, as well as two songs about loss and the memory of beloved people. Franz Schubert was Shakespearean in the range of poetic characters he brought to life in more than 600 songs. The five songs on tonight’s program are a study in contrasts, but are alike in showcasing Schubert’s ability to plumb the depths of poetry and human nature in his music. Richard Strauss claimed that he liked his songs the most of all his musical output. Despite his allegiance to opera, he composed songs throughout his life on the poetry of contemporary poets and those beloved of earlier 19th-century composers.

There are few more felicitous pairings of poet and composer than that of Paul Verlaine and Claude Debussy, who would forever alter the course of French music. We hear three of Debussy’s mélodies set to text by Verlaine, whose evocation, suggestion, and nuance finds its perfect expression in music that is inimitably French with its new sonorities and textures. Poet Galway Kinnell’s lengthy involvement in the Civil Rights Movement and his experiences protesting the Vietnam War are recorded in The Book of Nightmares. Contemporary composer Jake Heggie selected portions of this book-length poem and set them to music in his work From the Book of Nightmares. The program then concludes with a philosophical song by notable French composerCécile Chaminade, a whimsical song by German composerMax Reger, and two songs by American composers Henry Leland Clarke and Alec Wilder.  
This performance is part of Great Singers III: Evenings of Song.

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