Soprano Susanna Phillips defies convention with enchanting program of songs with viola


Historic recordings of some of the great singers of yesteryear featured numerous performances of salon type songs that included an obbligato instrument.  Some of these pairings included Enrico Caruso with Mischa Elman, John McCormack with Fritz Kreisler, Marian Anderson with William Primrose, Alma Gluck with her husband Efrem Zimbalist, as well as Bing Crosby and Jascha Heifetz!  It is repertoire of great charm, featuring arching melodies, emotional harmonies, and simple textures. 

Sample Program

Songs from the British Isles for voice, viola and piano:

Harry Williams (1879-1922)
It’s a Long Way to Tipperary (1912) (arr. by Stephen Hough)

Edwin Greene (1856-1915)
Sing me to Sleep (1902)

-- Intermission --

Songs from Russia for voice, viola and piano:

Charles Gounod (1818-1893)
Ave Maria (Bach/Gounod) (1853)
Evening Song (1871)
Sing, Smile and Slumber (Quand tu chantes) (1882)

Robert Schumann
Widmung for voice and piano, Op. 25, No. 1 (1840)
Robert Schumann/Franz Liszt
Widmung for solo piano, S. 566 (1848)

Songs from Italy for voice, viola and piano:

Francesco Paolo Tosti (1846-1916)
Ideale (1882)
La Serenata (1888)