Reiko and I are performing a recital devoted to Hugo Wolf's 'Mörike Songbook' this Saturday at the Puffin Cultural Forum in Teaneck, NJ.
Although certain Wolf songs can be very demanding for a listener, I think Mörike's poetry brought out a side of Wolf that's very accessible and entertaining, especially if you understand what the songs are about.
I know that reading a translation of a poem in a dim concert hall while the singer and pianist are competing for your attention can be difficult (at least for me, even for songs in English), so I've provided the texts and translations in a PDF file below, in case anyone wants to read the texts ahead of time.
POST CONCERT UPDATE: I've taken down that document and will probably repost it the next time we perform this program.
(photo James Meglioranza)
The concert was a lot of fun for Reiko and me. The PCF offers a very intimate, informal gallery space with a good piano -- a perfect venue for the maiden voyage of a new recital program. The audience, who filled every seat in the house despite the rainy weather, was extremely attentive (I found out afterward that there were many native German speakers in attendance). Vielen Dank! to everyone who came, and check this space regularly for future performances of this program.