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Album für die Frau

Composer Clara Schumann
Robert Schumann
Performer Joseph Middleton
Carolyn Sampson
Period Romantic
Catalogue Number BIS-2473 SACD
EAN 7318599924731
Format SACD Hybrid

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

Release date Apr 2021
Total time 71'46

The songs written by Clara Schumann are marked with: *

'For the first four years of their marriage, Robert and Clara Schumann kept a joint diary, a project which Robert described as ‘a record of our wishes and our hopes, &&&and the means whereby we may convey to one another any requests we may have to make, for which words may not suffice...’ In the imaginative recital Album für die Frau, Carolyn Sampson and Joseph Middleton combine songs by both composers into something similar – the depiction of a relationship seen through the eyes of both parties.

Using the eight songs from Robert’s song cycle Frauenliebe und –leben to poems by Adalbert von Chamisso as the framework, they add songs as well as some piano solos in order to create a fuller and more complex picture. The result seems to suggest that the experiences of our ‘Frau’ are richer than Chamisso and Robert Schumann imagined: while love, marriage and motherhood dominated much of Clara Schumann’s life, Robert’s death in 1856 signalled the start of a four-decade widowhood during which she resumed her stellar career as a pianist. As a team, Carolyn Sampson and Joseph Middleton have released a number of acclaimed discs, including ‘Fleurs’, featuring flower-themed songs by composers from Purcell to Richard Strauss and Britten, ‘A Verlaine Songbook’, exploring settings of the poetry of Paul Verlaine, and ‘A Soprano’s Schubertiade’, a Schubert anthology.
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01 Langsam und mit Ausdruck zu spielen (piano solo) 1'47
02 Liebst du um Schönheit* 2'06
03 Seit ich ihn gesehen (Frauenliebe und -leben No. 1) 2'28
04 O Lust, o Lust* 1'37
05 Volksliedchen 0'55
06 Liebeszauber* 2'02
07 Er, der Herrlichste von allen (Frauenliebe und -leben No. 2) 3'12
08 An einem lichten Morgen* 2'26
09 Warum willst du and’re fragen* 2'20
10 Liebeslied 2'13
11 Ich kann’s nicht fassen, nicht glauben (Frauenliebe und -leben No. 3) 1'32
12 Verratene Liebe 0'46
13 Die stille Lotosblume* 2'36
14 Du Ring an meinem Finger (Frauenliebe und -leben No. 4) 2'29
15 Der Mond kommt still gegangen* 1'55
16 Lied der Braut I 2'15
17 Lied der Braut II 1'31
18 Glückes genug (piano solo) 1'01
19 Helft mir, ihr Schwestern (Frauenliebe und -leben No. 5) 1'55
20 Die Lotosblume 1'43
21 Lust der Sturmnacht 1'27
22 Süßer Freund, du blickest mich verwundert an (Frauenliebe und -leben No. 6) 4'22
23 Hochländisches Wiegenlied 2'52
24 Der Sandmann 2'07
25 Kind im Einschlummern (piano solo) 1'46
26 An meinem Herzen, an meiner Brust (Frauenliebe und -leben No. 7) 1'16
27 Ritter vom Steckenpferd (piano solo) 0'43
28 Dein Angesicht so lieb und schön 2'32
29 Mädchen-Schwermut 2'57
30 Nun hast du mir den ersten Schmerz getan (Frauenliebe und -leben No. 8) 3'57
31 Requiem 3'45
32 Winterzeit I (piano solo) 2'14
  Album total 71'46
SopranoSampson, Carolyn
PianoMiddleton, Joseph

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