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Carolyn Sampson - A Soprano’s Schubertiade

Composer Franz Schubert
Performer Joseph Middleton
Carolyn Sampson
Period Romantic
Catalogue Number BIS-2343 SACD
EAN 7318599923437
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Apr 2018
Total time 77'32



Behind the scenes with Sampson and Middleton

Schubert’s empathy with women is everywhere evident in his body of songs, which include songs to, by, about and for women. Devised by Carolyn Sampson and Joseph Middleton, the present recital brings us each of those possibilities and more.&&&

The playwright Helmina von Chézy wrote the text to the tender Romanze, intending it for her play Rosamunde, Princess of Cyprus to which Schubert composed incidental music. Another female author, Marianne von Willemer, wrote the two Suleika poems for Goethe, who included them (under his own name) in the collection West-östlicher Divan. And no less than seven of the other songs on the disc are also associated with Goethe, and his characters Mignon (from Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre) and Gretchen (from Faust). Schubert was for a while almost obsessed with the mysterious and waif-like Mignon, making several settings of the poems associated with her. Less of an enigma but equally moving, Schubert’s Gretchen sings of awakening desire (Gretchen am Spinnrade) and laments her coming disgrace (Gretchens Bitte).

Carolyn Sampson and Joseph Middleton have collaborated on several acclaimed projects for BIS, most recently with the counter-tenor Iestyn Davies as their companion. Here they close their Soprano’s Schubertiade with three settings of poems by Walter Scott, albeit in German translations. The three ‘Ellen Songs’ are from the verse-romance The Lady of the Lake from 1810, with the last one, ‘Schubert’s Ave Maria’, being one of the composer’s best-known and most loved compositions.
 
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01 Suleika I (Was bedeutet die Bewegung?), D 720 5'28
02 Suleika II (Ach, um deine feuchten Schwingen), D 717 4'22
03 Romanze (Der Vollmond strahlt), D 797 No. 3b 3'15
04 Blondel zu Marien, D 626 3'40
  Songs from ‘Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre’ 14'43
05 Heiß mich nicht reden, D 877 No.2 3'39
06 Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt, D 877 No.4 3'06
07 So lasst mich scheinen, D 877 No.3 3'38
08 Kennst du das Land? D 321 4'20
 
  Songs from ‘Faust’, Part I 14'13
09 Gretchen am Spinnrade, D 118 3'44
10 Gretchens Bitte/‘Gretchen im Zwinger’, D 564 6'53
11 Der König in Thule, D 367 3'36
 
12 Viola, D 786 13'26
  Ellens Gesänge 18'18
13 Ellens Gesang I (Raste, Krieger!), D 837 8'23
14 Ellens Gesang II (Jäger, ruhe von der Jagd!), D 838 3'16
15 Ellens Gesang III (Ave Maria), D 839 6'39
 
  Album total 77'32
ComposerSchubert, Franz
LyricistAnonymous
Chezy, Wilhelmina Christiane von
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
Schober, Franz von
Scott, Walter
Storck, Adam
Willemer, Marianne von
SopranoSampson, Carolyn
PianoMiddleton, Joseph

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