Performance Tuesday, January 15, 2013 | 5:30 PM

The Song Continues: Spotlight Recital

Weill Recital Hall
The spotlight shines on remarkable young soprano Karen Vuong and pianist Ken Noda in this recital showcasing song repertoire. Winner of Music Academy of the West’s 2011 Marilyn Horne Song Competition and inaugural member of Los Angeles Opera’s prestigious Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program, Vuong’s charismatic presence and rich voice are sure to light up the Weill Recital Hall stage.


  • Karen Vuong, Soprano
  • Ken Noda, Piano


  • HAHN "Je me souviens"
  • HAHN "La vie est belle"
  • HAHN "Sous l'oranger"
  • WOLF Mignon I: "Heiss mich nicht reden"
  • WOLF Mignon II: "Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt"
  • WOLF Mignon III: "So lasst mich scheinen"
  • WOLF "Kennst du das Land"
  • BARBER Nuvoletta, Op. 25
  • BARBER "Nocturne," Op. 13, No. 4
  • BARBER "Solitary Hotel," Op. 41, No. 4
  • RACHMANINOFF Selections from Six Songs, Op. 38
    ·· In my Garden at Night
    ·· The Pied Piper
    ·· A Dream
  • R. STRAUSS "Muttertändelei," Op. 43, No. 2
  • R. STRAUSS "Hat gesagt—bleibt’s nicht dabei," Op. 36, No. 3
  • R. STRAUSS "Du meines Herzens Krönelein," Op. 21, No. 2
  • R. STRAUSS "Cäcilie," Op. 27, No. 2

  • Encore:
  • HAHN "Sous l'oranger"

At a Glance

Composer Reynaldo Hahn wrote some 125 songs distinguished by their charm, elegance, and sophistication. Nine were discovered by his friend René Schrameck after Hahn's death and published posthumously. This evening, we hear three on texts by Léon Guillot de Saix.

Another turn-of-century composer was Hugo Wolf, one of the great masters of German song. He, like so many, was drawn to the enigmatic character Mignon in Goethe's novel Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship, and set her songs to music in his own rich, intense, post-Wagnerian style.

American composer Samuel Barber particularly liked the poems of Irishman James Joyce; we hear two of his Joyce songs, as well as a nocturnal song of erotic passion and betrayal.

Before the great pianist-composer Sergei Rachmaninoff left Russia in the wake of the Revolution in 1917, he composed his last set of songs in his native language, three of which appear on tonight's program.

"I like my songs best," operatic genius Richard Strauss once said to singer Hans Hotter. He was a gift to sopranos—he was married to one—and tonight, we hear one song of unbounded maternal love and three songs of love well beyond the cradle stage.
Program Notes

The Song Continues is supported, in part, by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.
Professional Training Workshops are made possible, in part, by Mr. and Mrs. Nicola Bulgari and The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.
This program is part of the Marilyn Horne legacy at Carnegie Hall.