For this concert, the baritone and the soprano took turns to sing to us from a programme of art songs followed by...
The songs from Europe:
The lengthy and demanding Adelaide by Beethoven, to start with. I always think of my son George during this, who loves its piano part. Then we heard six Schubert Lieder… Liebesbotschaft, Der Neugierige, Frühlingsglaube, Im Abendrot, Gott im Frühling, and Sehnsucht (four of which I know note for note and word for word). Two Mädchenblumen songs (Kornblumen and Epheu) by Richard Strauss were new to me, before Mr. Lawlor sang Strauss' Morgen to the accompaniment of piano and violin. For some reason this one never fails to conjure up the magic of Lake Thun, for me, as seen from Spiez*:
... Und zu dem Strand, dem weiten, wogenblauen, werden wir still und langsam niedersteigen ...
|* Am Strand, Spiez|
O Lydia, rends-moi la vie, que je puisse mourir, mourir toujours!and recognised his Rêve d'Amour.
In marked contrast to that arch-Romantic selection, the concert finished with ...
The songs from Newfoundland:
|On the Newfoundland coast|