Elizabeth and Michael Lepock will be performing alternating solos from Austrian composer Hugo Wolf's Italienisches Liederbuch. Anna Ronai, a well known local pianist will accompany them.
Hugo Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch (Italian Song Book) is an album of forty-six songs, setting poet Paul Heyse’s German translations of Italian poems and folk songs. Known for his deep commitment to creating as perfect a partnership as possible between poetry and musical setting, Wolf composed a unique gem of voice-piano collaboration in each song in his Italiensches Liederbuch. Acclaimed baritone and soprano Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf began the tour-de-force tradition of presenting this entire set of delightful miniatures, alternating regularly between soprano and baritone.
Elizabeth Lepock, soprano, holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Voice Performance from the University of Western Ontario. Over the course of her doctoral studies, in addition to honing her performance and pedagogy skills Elizabeth also pursued ground-breaking interdisciplinary research into muscle tension voice disorders. Elizabeth passionately loves the challenge of mentoring aspiring musicians, the joy of performing, and all the background work that comes with both (especially delving into history, poetry, and foreign language study).
Michael Lepock, baritone, holds a Bachelor of music in composition from Wilfrid Laurier University. Nowadays he sings in a number of community and professional choirs including Spiritus Ensemble and the DaCapo Chamber Choir, which has rehearsed and recorded a number of pieces in the Uptown Waterloo car park. He is thrilled to be presenting this program of Wolf's Italienisches Liederbuch with his wife, Elizabeth.
Pianist Anna Ronai has performed at major venues in Europe, North America and China, including the Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall in New York, Gläserner Saal, Musikverein, and Schubert Saal, Konzerthaus in Vienna. Anna has collaborated with such distinguished singers as Michelle Breedt, Bernarda Fink, Robert Holl, and instrumentalists like Ulrike Anton and Brooks de Wetter-Smith.
Anna graduated from the University for Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, [Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Wien] with two Masters degrees, one in Piano Performance and the other in Collaborative Piano. She maintained vocal and instrumental coaching positions at the Vienna and Innsbruck Conservatories, and a faculty position for piano chamber music at the Institute for European Studies in Vienna. She has played for master-classes with esteemed artists including Brigitte Fassbaender, Christa Ludwig, Thomas Hampson and Linda Watson. Anna has appeared and placed in several major Lied Duo competitions such as the Robert Schumann Duo Competition in Zwickau, Germany, the East & West Artists International Auditions in New York, and Schubert und die Moderne in Graz, Austria. In 2009 Anna moved to Canada, and is now the instrumental accompanist and piano instructor at Conrad Grebel University College. She also teaches at Wilfred Laurier University.
Auch kleine Dinge
Wie lange schon war immer mein Verlangen
Schon streckt' ich aus im Bett die müden Glieder
Der Mond hat eine schwere Klag erhoben
Was für ein Lied soll dir gesungen werden
Schweig' einmal still
Mein Liebster ist so klein
Hoffärtig seid Ihr, schönes Kind
Du denkst mit einem Fädchen mich zu fangen
Mein Liebster singt am Haus
Man sagt mir, deine Mutter woll' es nicht
Ein Ständchen Euch zu bringen
Heb' auf dein blondes Haupt
Und willst due deinen Liebsten sterben sehen
Sterb ich so hüllt in Blumen meine Glieder
Wenn du, mein Liebster, steigst zum Himmel auf
Ich hab' in Penna einen Liebsten wohnen
For full text and translations, see Music Event website.
"Thank you to Scott King for his superb audio-visual recording and editing, and Scott Knarr and St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, Downtown Kitchener, for use of the sanctuary."
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