Performance Thursday, April 28, 2011 | 7:30 PM

Sophie Karthäuser
Eugene Asti

Weill Recital Hall


  • Eugene Asti, Piano
  • Sophie Karthäuser, Soprano
    New York Recital Debut


  • MOZART "Als Luise die Briefe," K. 520
  • MOZART "An die Einsamkeit," K. 391
  • MOZART "Der Zauberer," K. 472
  • MOZART "Abendempfindung," K. 523
  • MOZART Die ihr des unermesslichen Weltalls, K. 619
  • SCHUBERT "La pastorella al prato," D.528
  • SCHUBERT "Guarda, che bianca luna," D. 688, No. 2
  • SCHUBERT "Gretchen am Spinnrade," D.118
  • WOLF "In dem Schatten meiner Locken"
  • WOLF "Bedeckt mich mit Blumen"
  • WOLF "Sagt, seid Ihr es, feiner Herr"
  • FAURÉ Cinq mélodies "de Venise," Op. 58
    ·· Mandoline
    ·· En sourdine
    ·· Green
    ·· A Clymène
    ·· C’est l’extase
  • DEBUSSY "Chevaux de bois"
  • DEBUSSY "Green"
  • DEBUSSY "Spleen"
  • POULENC Deux poèmes de Louis Aragon
    ·· C
    ·· Fêtes galantes
  • POULENC "Les chemins de l'amour"

  • Encore:
  • POULENC "Fancy"


  • Eugene Asti

    Eugene Asti studied with Jeannette Haien at New York's Mannes College The New School for Music, where he earned his bachelor's and master's degrees. He later studied piano accompaniment with Graham Johnson at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where he now teaches. Mr. Asti is also the Vocal Accompaniment Coordinator at Trinity College of Music and regularly gives master classes in both the UK and abroad.

    In demand as an accompanist, Mr. Asti has performed with such artists as Dame Felicity Lott, Dame Margaret Price, Sir Willard White, and Angelika Kirchschlager in such venues as the Wigmore Hall, Barbican, Musikverein in Vienna, Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Kölner Philharmonie, Megaron in Athens, Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Symphony Hall in Birmingham, and Carnegie Hall in New York.

    Recent highlights include a recital at the Naantali Music Festival in Finland with Dame Felicity Lott, a recital with Sarah Connolly at Wigmore Hall, and recitals with Sir Willard White at the Oxford Lieder, Buxton, and Edinburgh International festivals.

    Mr. Asti's many recordings for Hyperion include three volumes of songs and duets by Felix Mendelssohn with Sarah Connolly, Sophie Daneman, Stephan Loges, Mark Padmore, and Nathan Berg; songs by Fanny Mendelssohn with Susan Gritton; and the complete songs of Clara Schumann with Susan Gritton and Stephan Loges. He has also recorded songs by Eric Coates with tenor Richard Edgar-Wilson for Marco Polo Records.

    Mr. Asti recently released a live recital disc with Sarah Connolly for Signum Records, a recording of the complete Mozart songs with Sophie Karthäuser and Stephan Loges for Cypres Records, and most recently a disc of Schumann Lieder entitled Songs of Love and Loss with Sarah Connolly for Chandos Records. Future releases include a recital of English song for BIS Records with James Rutherford.
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  • Sophie Karthäuser

    With the financial support of the British Council and the Belgian Foundation for Talent, soprano Sophie Karthäuser completed her studies with Noelle Barker at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

    Ms. Karthäuser has performed with such prestigious ensembles and orchestras as the Academy of Ancient Music, Les Arts Florissants, La Petite Bande, Les Folies Françoises, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Freiburger Barockorchester, and Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, under conductors such as Louis Langrée, Kent Nagano, William Christie, René Jacobs, Marc Minkowski, Kazushi Ono, Christian Zacharias, Thomas Hengelbrock, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Jérémie Rhorer, Kurt Masur, and Riccardo Chailly.

    Ms. Karthäuser is a past winner of the audience prize at the Wigmore Hall song contest. She has appeared in recital with such pianists as Graham Johnson, Eugene Asti, David Lively, and Cédric Tiberghien at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, La Monnaie, Flanders Opera, Opéra de Lille, Opéra de Nantes, Opéra National de Bordeaux, and Kölner Philharmonie.

    Ms. Karthäuser made her role debut as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte with René Jacobs at La Monnaie, and as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro with William Christie at Opéra de Lyon. Other Mozart roles include Tamiri in Il re pastore at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées; Serpetta in La finta giardiniera at Berlin's Konzerthaus; Despina in Così fan tutte and Zerlina in Don Giovanni at La Monnaie; Ilia in Idomeneo at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, in Salzburg, and in Bremen; and Sandrina in La finta giardiniera in Vienna with René Jacobs.

    Ms. Karthäuser's discography includes a solo album of Grétry arias (awarded a Diapason Découverte), the complete Mozart songs, Mozart arias with Kazushi Ono and La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra, and Handel's Faramondo (awarded the Grand Prix de l'Académie Charles Cros). A recording of her performing the title role of Handel's Susanna with Les Arts Florissants will be released by Virgin Classics, as well as a disc of French melodies inspired by Verlaine, on Cypres Records.
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Mozart “Abendempfindung an Laura”
Sophie Karthäuser, Soprano
Pelléas Artists

At a Glance

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart did not compose many songs, but the few he did write are gems, four of which we hear today. A few months before his unexpected death, he composed a solo cantata (a type of multi-movement vocal work accompanied by instruments, often with arias and recitatives as in opera) set to a text in accord with his Freemasonic ideals.

Music by Mozart-worshipper Franz Schubert follows, including two of his charming Italian airs and his immortal “Gretchen am Spinnrade” (“Gretchen at the Spinning Wheel”) from Goethe’s Faust. This song is a landmark in the history of Romantic lied.

Hugo Wolf inherited the mantle of Schubert and Schumann in the late 19th century, especially during the period from 1888 (his “miracle year” of song) to 1897. He composed anthologies of song, including the volume entitled Spanisches Liederbuch (Spanish Songbook), with settings of Spanish poems translated into German.

For the second half of the program, we focus on Parisian composers. Gabriel Fauré was on a blissful holiday in Venice when he composed songs to texts by Paul Verlaine, one of France’s greatest poets. Claude Debussy, who called himself “musicien français” to distinguish his music from the Germanic composers, was also enthralled with Verlaine’s verse, as we hear in three of his songs. Finally, we end with songs by Francis Poulenc that were composed during World War II.

Program Notes
This performance is part of Great Singers III: Evenings of Song.

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