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A Mayfest of Song

Mark Oldfield, Baritone

Jane Streeton, Soprano

with Tarek Al-Shubbak, Pianoforte


Mark Oldfield - baritone Jane Streeton - soprano

Thomas Arne 1710-1788

Where the bee sucks, Tempest

Blow, blow thou winter wind, As you like it


Gerald Finzi 1901-1956

Let us garlands bring

1. Come away, come away death, Twelfth Night

2. Who is Silvia, Two Gentlemen of Verona

3. Fear no more the heat o' the sun, Cymbeline

4. Oh mistress mine, Twelfth Night

5. It was a lover and his lass, As you like it


Franz Schubert 1797-1828

Who is Silvia, Two gentelemen of Verona

Hark, hark the lark, Cymbeline

Der Konig in Thule, Opus 5-5 Poem by Wolfgang Goethe

The King of Thule threw the gold cup, given to him by his beloved deceased wife, into the sea as a sign that he was close to death.

Ganymed, Opus 19-3 Poem by Wolfgang Goethe

The shepherd boy revels at the beauty of a spring morning. Zeus flies down and takes the willing Ganymed up to the heavens to become the cupbearer for the Gods

The course of true love never did run smooth’’ Midsummer night’s dream

Gretchen am Spinnrade, Opus 2 Poem by Wolfgang Goethe

Since she has met Faust, obsession has overtaken Gretchen. She now desires to perish from his kisses.

"O what men dare do! What men may do!’’ Much ado about nothing


Maurice Ravel 1875-1937

Don Quichotte a Dulcinee Poem by Paul Morand

1. Chanson a Romanesque

Your command I will gladly stop the earth spinning, I will sweep the night sky of its stars and I will use my lance to replace them all to please you. If you reject me I shall die, blessing you.

2. Chanson Epique

Pray to you Saint Michael and Saint George and ask you to bless my sword and my Lady Madonna of the blue mantle.

3. Chanson a boire

Drink only to joy and damn anyone who is jealous and weeps about a loveless life






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Richard Strauss 1864-1949

Ophelia; Songs after Shakespeare (Hamlet), Opus 67

1. Wie erkennen ich mein Traulieb

Should I your true love know from another one?

2. Guten Morgen, 's ist Sankt Valentinstag

Should I your true love know from another one?

3. Sie trugen ihn auf der Bahre bloss

Bore him barefaced on the brier

"Such stuff as dreams are made of" The Tempest


Charles Villiers Stanford 1852-1924

Belle dame sans merci Poem by John Keats


Gustav Mahler 1860-1911

Rheinlegendchen (aus des Knaben Wunderhorn)

"Will throw my ring into the Rhine, and a fish will eat it. The king will eat the fish and ask whose ring this is. My lover will declare it is his and rush back to me" Muc ado about nothing


Robert Schumann 1810-1856

Waldesgesprach (aus Liedferkreis, Opus 39 Poem by Joesff von Eichendorff

"It is cold and late, why do you ride alone in the wood lovely bride?" "Great is menís deceit and it has broken my heart...listen to the hunting horn and flee." "You are so beautiful upon your horse... oh, you are the witch Lorelei!" "Now you know me you shall never more leave this wood."


George Gerschwin 1898-1937

Lorelei Poem by Ira Gerschwin


Cole Porter 1891-1964

Songs from Kiss me Kate (after Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew)







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