I uploaded a new video to YouTube. The title is “Schlechtes Wetter” (Bad weather). Composer: Richard Strauss, Lyrics: Heinrich Heine, Recorded September 2022 in Vienna, Very famous Lied.
The poet Heinrich Heine is looking through the window and sees the shape of a lady walking in bad weather. Through this almost meaningless everyday observation, the poet unfolds his imagination and guides us to a warm room where her daughter awaits her arrival. The mother wants to bake a cake for her and just went shopping for groceries. That may only be his imagination but the listener’s heart is also warmed. His positive warm-hearted imagination envelops our hearts.
This is my new YouTube video. Aria of Mimì “Donde lieta uscì” from the opera “La Bohème” by Giacomo Puccini.
Mimì, who noticed that her beloved Rodolfo treated her quite harshly, by chance listened to a conversation betweeen him and a friend. He told his friend that Mimì was terminally ill. She needs a doctor but the poor poet Rodolfo cannot afford to pay for one. He says that love by itself cannot cure an illness. He pretends not to love her and hopes she can find a better rich man for her. Mimì was shocked that her illness was indeed so severe that she was overwhelmed by emotions, started crying and a severe cough brought on by tuberculosis emerges. In this moment Rodolfo notices her presence and runs to her. She calms down and starts singing this aria. She will leave him but if he wants, he should only keep the pink cap, which he gave her when they met, as a token of their love. Without any ill will they separate.
Conductor: Anton Guadagno (1925-2002), a great Italian conductor. Radio Symphony Orchestra Krakow. Recorded 1998.
I uploaded new music to YouTube. It is “Sovra il sen la man mi posa” taken from “La Sonnambula” by Vincenzo Bellini. This story takes place at the beginning of the 19th century in a Swiss village. The young woman Amina looks forward to her wedding and she expresses her joy in this song. Yuka Simeno – Soprano, Peter von Kogler – Conductor, Moravian Philharmonic Olomouc, Recorded in 2003 in Olomouc.
I uploaded a new opera aria to Soundcloud. Amina’s cavatina “Come per me… Sovra il sen…” from the opera “La Sonnambula” by V. Bellini. I would be happy if you listened to it. In a Swiss village, the young inhabitant Amina is looking forward to her wedding and sings in joy.
Yuka Simeno Soprano Recorded in the Czech Republic with an Austrian conductor
Today I uploaded “Frühlingsstimmenwalzer” by Johann Strauss to YouTube. When I made this recording I was a student at “Operettenlehrgang” at Vienna City Conservatory. Piano is played by the musical director of that study at the time. Leopold Grossmann is a specialist of Viennese music and one can sense his love for Viennese music. I am very happy that I could study that music with him.
Kawaranatane Music by Shin Kusakawa, Lyrics by Hirosuke Hamada ,Yuka Simeno – Soprano, Hina Oono – Piano/ In Spring on a small island in a river, yellow rape flowers are in beautiful bloom… /河原菜種 草川信作曲、浜田広介作詞、 示野由佳 ソプラノ、大野日菜 ピアノ/ From the CD “Japanese Songs” (2011) CD「日本の歌より」（２０１１年）より