Recordings: Schubertiad

Schubertiad
to benefit the Emergency Aid Coalition, “The Food Pantry”
October 15, 1989, 4:00 p.m.

First Unitarian Universalist Church
5210 Fannin, Houston, Texas

Kathy Biehl (mezzo-soprano), John-Michael Albert (tenor) and Frank Morales (baritone)
Robert Fazakerly, piano

01. Kantate zum Geburtstag des Sängers Johann Michael Vogl (D. 666, August 10, 1819)
Ms. Biehl, Mr. Albert and Mr. Morales

Schwanengesang (D. 957, August 1828)
02. Book 1, No. 4: “Ständchen”
03. Book 1, No. 5: “Aufenthalt”
04. Book 2, No. 9: “Ihr Bild”
Mr. Morales

05. “Die Forelle” (D. 150, 1817-1820)
06. “Gretchen am Spinnrade” (D. 118, October 19, 1814)
07. “Heldenröslein” (D. 257, August 19, 1915)
Ms. Biehl

Die schöne Müllerin (D. 795, October – November 1923)
08. No. 1: “Das Wandern”
09. No. 2: “Wohin?”
10. No. 3: “Halt!”
11. No. 4: “Danksagung an den Bach”
Mr. Albert

INTERMISSION

12. Der Hochzeitsbraten (D. 930, November 1827)
Ms. Biehl, Mr. Albert and Mr. Morales

Winterreise (D. 911, 1828)
13. Book 1, No. 3: “Gefrornen Tränen”
14. Book 2, No. 15: “Die Krähe”
Mr. Morales

15. “Die junge Nonne” (D. 828, early 1825)
16. “Ellens dritter Gesang” (D. 839, April 1825)
Ms. Biehl

17. “Einsamkeit” (D. 620, July 1818)
18. “Du bist die Ruh’” (D. 776, 1823)
Mr. Albert

19. “An die Musik” (D. 547, 1817)
Ms. Biehl, Mr. Albert and Mr. Morales

Recorded live at first Unitarian Universalist Church, Houston, TX, October 15, 1989
Recorded and engineered by Charles Arruda of Audio Images

NOTES: The “Food Pantry” of the Emergency Aid Coalition was a charity designed to fill a very particular niche. Most charities, especially government supported charities, require identification from those benefiting from them, identification including a home address. Problem is, homeless people don’t have an address. The “Food Pantry” provided daily meals to people regardless of their documentation.

It was a no-brainer for Kathy, Frank and I to do a benefit for the “Food Pantry.” We decided to do a Schubertiad, in imitation of special parties the composer’s friends threw for his benefit in the early 19th century. We worked on the Schubertiad for 13 weeks, to get our performances as close to perfect as possible. Come the Sunday of the performance, Houston was under a hurricane watch. The storm was going to hit land that afternoon, at about the time the concert was schedule to begin. All the same, at $5 a head, we had an audience of 80 at the First Unitarian Universalist Church that day, putting $400 into the “Food Pantry’s” coffers.

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