Baritone Alexander Hurd is giving a faculty recital at the University at Buffalo this week with pianist Alison d'Amato. The entire program consists of romantic German songs -- a few with an American twist.
Hurd is beginning with a set of songs Schubert wrote to poetry by the great poet Goethe. He moves on to Five Lieder, Op. 40, by Robert Schumann. And he will follow with a set of sensuous songs Hugo Wolf wrote to the poetry of Eduard Morike.
After intermission, Hurd moves to the late-Romantic and post-Romantic eras. He will give us the "Forgotten Songs" of Alexander von Zemlinsky, a Viennese Romantic whose music is being championed these days by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Next, Hurd is singing songs from "Hollywood Songbook," the composer Hanns Eisler's musical memoir on having to flee Nazi Germany for America. The evening closes with excerpts from Mahler's "Des Knaben Wunderhorn," haunting songs based on German folk poetry.
The concert takes place at 8 p.m. Thursday in Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall. Admission is $5. For info, call 645-2921.
-- Mary Kunz Goldman