Royal Northern College of Music Day of Song

Date: Sunday 27 April 2014 2:00 pm and Sunday 27 April 2014 6:00 pm

Fin de Siècle: The Voice of Europe at the end of the 19th century

Venue: The Front Room – Royal Exchange TheatrePromoter: RNCMGenre: Classical, Opera/Vocal



Claude Debussy Fêtes Galantes 1
Ernest Chausson Chansons de Shakespeare Op 28
Gabriel Fauré Prison; Soir; Pleurs d’Or
Claude Debussy Chansons de Bilitis
Maurice Ravel D’Anne jouant de l’espinette; D’Anne qui me jecta de la neige
Jules Massenet Elegie, tristesse du soir
Ernest Chausson Le Temps des Lilas

France was in the midst of the Dreyfus affair and many artists became involved politically. ‘Enfant prodigue’ Debussy was inspired by Liszt and Wagner, and this concert includes some of his more capricious pieces, Fêtes Galantes and Melodies, together with songs by Ravel and his great teacher, Fauré.


Gabriel Fauré Mandoline; En Sourdine; C’est l’extase from Cinq melodies de Venise
Emmanuel Chabrier Villanelle des petits canards
Erik Satie Je te veux
Liza Lehmann Mock Turtle Soup; Will you walk a little faster (Nonsense Songs from Alice in Wonderland)
Franz Lehar Erste Liebe; Ruhe, es waar das Herz mir voll
Gustav Mahler Songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn
Francesco Paulo Tosti L’ultima Canzone; Non t’amo piu
Giacomo Puccini Act III Quartet from La Bohème
Edward Elgar Sea Pictures
Richard Strauss Ruhe, meine Seele; Caecilie; Heimliche Aufforderung; Morgen

The final concert of the day brings together the best of song from the 1890s from across Europe, from the distinctive, passionate voice of Elgar in Sea Pictures to Mahler’s charming settings of German folk poetry known as Des Knaben Wunderhorn and much more, all brought to life by RNCM singers on the set of the Royal Exchange Theatre’s new production of Shakespeare’s Much Ado about Nothing.




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