Liederabend LXIV: Songs from Russia

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The Liederabend—literally, "evening of song"—dates back to the 1800s, when musicians and lovers of music would gather at someone's home, and one or more singers and a pianist would perform the songs of composers of the day. In the field of classical music, these songs are referred to as "art songs," and the German art songs are called "Lieder." In Germany, the great age of song came in the 19th century. German and Austrian composers had written music for voice with keyboard before this time, but it was with the flowering of German literature in the Classical and Romantic eras that composers found high inspiration in great poetry, sparking the genre known as the "Lied."

The tradition of the art song composition continues today, with composers from all corners of the world setting poetry in many languages, scored for voice and piano. The NEC Liederabend series presents songs in a variety of languages—not only German—dating from the 19th century up to the present day.

Tonight's performers were coached by Joel AyauSpecial thanks to Yelena Dudochkin for additional coaching.

This is an in-person event with a private stream available to the NEC community here

  1. Mikhail Glinka | from A Farewell to St. Petersburg

    Bolero (Болеро)
    To Molly (К Молли)
    The Lark (Жаворонок)
    Traveller’s Song (Попутная песня)


    • Jimin Park, soprano
    • Jamie Lorusso, piano
  2. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    It wasn’t the wind, blowing from the heights
         (Не ветер, вея с высоты), op. 43 no. 2 (1897)

    The clouds begin to scatter
        (Редеет облаков летучая гряда), op. 42 no. 3 (1897)

    The lark sings louder
        (Звонче жаворонка пенье), op. 43 no. 1

    The Nightingale and the Rose
        (Пленившись розой, соловей), op. 2 no. 2(1865-66)

    • Yuxin Liu, soprano
    • Thomas Burrill, piano
  3. Piotr Ilich Tchaikovsky

    At the Ball
          (Средь шумного бала), op. 38 no. 3 (1878)

    Only he who knows longing
          (Нет, только тот, кто знал), op. 6 no. 6

    O, if you could forget your sadness for one short hour
          (О, если б ты могла…), op. 38 no. 4

    • Yihe Wang, baritone
    • Elgin Lee, piano
  4. Sergei Rachmaninoff

    The water lily
          (Речная лилея), op. 8 no. 1

    You are like a flower
          (Дитя! Как цветок, ты прекрасна),
    op. 8 no. 2

    The Soldier’s Wife
          (Полюбила я на печаль свою), op. 8 no. 4

          (Сон), op. 8 no. 5

    • Allyson Bennett, soprano
    • Ga-Young Park, piano
  5. Sergei Prokofiev | from Five Poems of Anna Akhmatova, op. 27 (1916)

    I. The sun has filled my room
           (Солнце комнату наполнило) 

    II. True tenderness
           (Настоящую нежность)

    IV. Greetings

    V. The Gray-Eyed King
           (Сероглазый король)

    • Yeonjae Cho, soprano
    • Cynthia Chih-Yu Tseng, piano