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Album-Release:
2019

HRA-Release:
04.04.2019

Label: BIS

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Vocal

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  • Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897): Opheilia-Lieder, WoO 22 (Excerpts):
  • 1Opheilia-Lieder, WoO 22 (Excerpts): No. 4, Sie trugen ihn auf der Bahre bloß00:54
  • Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856):
  • 2Herzeleid, Op. 107 No. 101:43
  • Richard Strauss (1864 - 1949): 6 Lieder, Op. 67, TrV 238 (Excerpts):
  • 36 Lieder, Op. 67, TrV 238 (Excerpts): No. 1, Wie erkenn ich mein Treulieb vor andern nun?02:23
  • 46 Lieder, Op. 67, TrV 238 (Excerpts): No. 2, Guten Morgen, 's ist Sankt Valentinstag01:05
  • 56 Lieder, Op. 67, TrV 238 (Excerpts): No. 3, Sie trugen ihn auf der Bahre bloß03:38
  • Charles Koechlin (1867 - 1950):Chansons de Bilitis, Op. 39:
  • 6Chansons de Bilitis, Op. 39: No. 1, Hymne à Astarté01:48
  • Claude Debussy (1862 - 1918): Chansons de Bilitis, L. 90:
  • 7Chansons de Bilitis, L. 90: No. 1, La flûte de Pan02:50
  • 8Chansons de Bilitis, L. 90: No. 2, La chevelure03:35
  • 9Chansons de Bilitis, L. 90: No. 3, Le tombeau des naïades02:51
  • Charles Koechlin (1867 - 1950): Chansons de Bilitis, Op. 39:
  • 10Chansons de Bilitis, Op. 39: No. 5, Épitaphe de Bilitis03:36
  • Henri Duparc (1848 - 1933):
  • 11Romance de Mignon, Op. 2 No. 304:26
  • Hugo Wolf (1860 - 1903): Goethe-Lieder (Excerpts):
  • 12Goethe-Lieder (Excerpts): No. 9, Kennst du das Land?06:18
  • 13Goethe-Lieder (Excerpts): No. 5, Mignon I "Heiß mich nicht reden"03:39
  • 14Goethe-Lieder (Excerpts): No. 6, Mignon II "Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt"02:01
  • 15Goethe-Lieder (Excerpts): No. 7, Mignon III "So lasst mich scheiden, bis ich werde"03:38
  • Franz Schubert (1797 - 1828):
  • 16Gretchen am Spinnrade, Op. 2, D. 11803:40
  • Johannes Brahms: Opheilia-Lieder, WoO 22 (Excerpts):
  • 17Mädchenlied, Op. 107 No. 501:39
  • Robert Schumann:
  • 18Die Spinnerin, Op. 107 No. 401:18
  • Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921):
  • 19La mort d’Ophélie03:10
  • Ernest Chausson (1855 - 1899): Ernest Chausson
  • 20Chansons de Shakespeare, Op. 28: No. 3, Chanson d’Ophélie01:35
  • Johannes Brahms: Opheilia-Lieder, WoO 22 (Excerpts):
  • 21Opheilia-Lieder, WoO 22 (Excerpts): No. 1, Wie erkenn ich dein Treublieb?04:00
  • Henri Duparc:
  • 22Au pays où se fait la guerre05:04
  • Francis Poulenc (1899 - 1963:
  • 23La Dame de Monte-Carlo, FP 180 (Arr. for Voice & Piano)07:15
  • Total Runtime01:12:06

Info for Reason in Madness



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.

Carolyn Sampson, soprano
Joseph Middleton, piano

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