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Carolyn Sampson - Reason in Madness

Composer Johannes Brahms
Ernest Chausson
Claude Debussy
Henri Duparc
Charles Koechlin
Francis Poulenc
Camille Saint-Saëns
Franz Schubert
Robert Schumann
Richard Strauss
Hugo Wolf
Performer Joseph Middleton
Carolyn Sampson
Period Modern
Catalogue Number BIS-2353 SACD
EAN 7318599923536
Format SACD Hybrid

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

Release date Mar 2019
Total time 74'50

Throughout history men have feared madwomen, burning them as witches, confining them in asylums and subjecting them to psychoanalysis – yet, they have also been fascinated, unable to resist fantasizing about them. For their new disc, Carolyn Sampson and Joseph Middleton have created a programme that explores&&& the responses of a variety of composers to women whose stories have left them vulnerable and exposed. As a motto they have chosen an aphorism by Nietzsche: ‘There is always some madness in love, but there is also always some reason in madness.’

Brahms’ Ophelia Songs, composed for a stage production of Hamlet, appear next to those by Richard Strauss and Chausson, while Ophelia's death is described by both Schumann (in Herzeleid) and Saint-Saëns. Goethe’s mysterious and traumatized Mignon appears in settings by Hugo Wolf as well as Duparc, while his ill-used Gretchen grieves by her spinning-wheel in Schubert's matchless setting. Sadness and madness tip into witchery and unbridled eroticism with Pierre Louÿs's poems about Bilitis, set by Kœchlin and Debussy. Sampson and Middleton end their recital as it began, with a suicide by drowning: in Poulenc’s monologue La Dame de Monte-Carlo, the elderly female protagonist has been unlucky at the gambling tables and decides to throw herself into the sea.
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  Johannes Brahms
  No.4 from 5 Ophelia-Lieder, WoO 22
01 Sie trugen ihn auf der Bahre bloss 0'54
  Robert Schumann
02 Herzeleid, Op. 107 No. 1 1'43
  Richard Strauss
  Drei Lieder der Ophelia, Op.67 7'06
03 Erstes Lied der Ophelia: Wie erkenn ich mein Treulieb vor andern nun 2'23
04 Zweites Lied der Ophelia: Guten Morgen, ’s ist Sankt Valentinstag 1'05
05 Drittes Lied der Ophelia: Sie trugen ihn auf der Bahre bloss 3'38
  Charles Koechlin (Kœchlin)
06 Hymne à Astarté 1'48
  Claude Debussy
  Chansons de Bilitis, L 97 9'16
07 I. La Flûte de Pan 2'50
08 II. La Chevelure 3'35
09 III. Le Tombeau des naïades 2'51
  Charles Koechlin (Kœchlin)
10 Épitaphe de Bilitis 3'36
  Henri Duparc
11 Romance de Mignon 4'26
  Hugo Wolf
  Mignon-Lieder 15'36
12 Kennst Du das Land 6'18
13 Heiß mich nicht reden 3'39
14 Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt 2'01
15 So lasst mich scheiden, bis ich werde 3'38
  Franz Schubert
16 Gretchen am Spinnrade, D 118 3'40
17 Mädchenlied, Op. 107 No. 5 1'39
  Robert Schumann
18 Die Spinnerin, Op. 107 No. 4 1'18
  Camille Saint-Saëns
19 La mort d’Ophélie 3'10
  Ernest Chausson
20 Chanson d’Ophélie 1'35
  Johannes Brahms
21 5 Ophelia-Lieder, WoO 22 4'00
  Henri Duparc
  Au pays ou se fait la guerre
22 Au pays où se fait la guerre 5'04
  Francis Poulenc
23 La Dame de Monte-Carlo 7'15
  Album total 74'50
SopranoSampson, Carolyn
ComposerBrahms, Johannes
Chausson, Ernest
Debussy, Claude
Duparc, Henri
Koechlin (Kœchlin), Charles
Poulenc, Francis
Saint-Saëns, Camille
Schubert, Franz
Schumann, Robert
Strauss, Richard
Wolf, Hugo
PianoMiddleton, Joseph

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