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Carolyn Sampson - Fleurs

Composer Lili Boulanger
Benjamin Britten
Emmanuel Chabrier
Claude Debussy
Gabriel Fauré
Charles Gounod
Reynaldo Hahn
Francis Poulenc
Henry Purcell
Roger Quilter
Franz Schubert
Robert Schumann
Richard Strauss
Performer Joseph Middleton
Carolyn Sampson
Catalogue Number BIS-2102 SACD
EAN 7318599921020
Format SACD Hybrid

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

Release date Feb 2015
Total time 68'50


Empfehlung, Klassik-Heute.de
Editor's Choice, Gramophone

“An imaginatively planned, beautifully executed recital that charms and touches by turns.” Gramophone

Carolyn Sampson has enjoyed notable successes worldwide in repertoire ranging from the early baroque to the present day, in opera and concert as well as on disc. Nevertheless, the present recording is, as she writes in a personal introduction in the CD booklet, something of a début – her first recital disc of songs with piano.When choosing the repertoire, she collaborated closely with her pianist, Joseph Middleton and together they have devised a garland of flowers: settings of poems on a floral theme in Russian, English, French and German. Just as flowers themselves are used to convey affection or regret, and are symbols of celebration as well as bereavement, the selected songs represent a great diversity, through their different musical styles and affects. Scintillating exuberance, as in Fauré’s youthful Le papillon et la fleur, and intimate delicacy (Schumann: Schneeglöckchen) alternate with the ethereal mystique of Richard Strauss’s Wasserrose and the sad resignation which infuses Britten’s setting of Alexander Pushkin’s poem Solovej i roza, depicting the unrequited love of a nightingale for a rose. There are even threatening moments, as in De fleurs, Debussy’s setting of his own, Baudelairean text, in which violet irises and sickly white lilies languish in a stifling hothouse atmosphere. But as Carolyn Sampson and Joseph Middleton sum it up in the closing song of the disc, Chabrier’s Toutes les fleurs, we do adore them all, be they mimosa, jasmine, lilies-of-the-valley, marigolds, corn-flowers, cyclamen…
 
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  Henry Purcell
01 Sweeter than Roses  3'40
 
 
  Robert Schumann
02 Meine Rose, Op.90 No.2 3'26
 
03 Röselein, Röselein! Op.89 No.6 2'22
 
 
  Roger Quilter
04 Damask Roses, No.3 of Seven Elizabethan Lyrics, Op.12 1'22
 
 
  Benjamin Britten
05 The Nightingale and the Rose 4'05
 
 
  Charles Gounod
06 Le temps des roses 2'23
 
 
  Gabriel Fauré
07 Les roses d’Ispahan, Op.39 No.4 3'01
 
 
  Richard Strauss
08 Das Rosenband, Op.36 No.1 3'25
 
 
  Richard Strauss
  Mädchenblumen, Op.22 10'40
09 1. Kornblumen 2'03
10 2. Mohnblumen 1'18
11 3. Epheu 3'28
12 4. Wasserrose 3'51
 
 
  Franz Schubert
13 Die Blumensprache, Op.173 No.5 (D519) 2'15
 
14 Im Haine, Op.56 No.3 (D738) 2'28
 
 
  Robert Schumann
15 Jasminenstrauch, Op.27 No.4 0'47
 
16 Die Blume der Ergebung, Op.83 No.2 3'06
 
17 Schneeglöckchen, Op.79 No.27 1'36
 
 
  Francis Poulenc
18 Fleurs, FP.101 No.6 2'51
 
 
  Gabriel Fauré
19 Le papillon et la fleur 2'01
 
20 Fleur jetée, Op.39 No.2 1'17
 
 
  Reynaldo Hahn
21 Offrande 3'20
 
 
  Claude Debussy
22 De fleurs, No.3 of Proses lyriques, L.90 (84) 5'42
 
 
  Lili Boulanger
23 Les lilas qui avaient fleuri, No.9 of Clairières dans le ciel (1914) 2'39
 
 
  Emmanuel Chabrier
24 Toutes les fleurs! 4'48
 
  Album total 68'50
ComposerBoulanger, Lili
Britten, Benjamin
Chabrier, Emmanuel
Debussy, Claude
Fauré, Gabriel
Gounod, Charles
Hahn, Reynaldo
Poulenc, Francis
Purcell, Henry
Quilter, Roger
Schubert, Franz
Schumann, Robert
Strauss, Richard
PianoMiddleton, Joseph
SopranoSampson, Carolyn

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