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Carolyn Sampson – Fleurs

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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$ 16.14
Extra material for download
  Composer: Purcell, Henry
01 Sweeter than Roses  03:40 $ 0.88 USD
  Composer: Schumann, Robert
02 Meine Rose, Op.90 No.2 03:26 $ 0.82 USD
03 Röselein, Röselein! Op.89 No.6 02:22 $ 0.57 USD
  Composer: Quilter, Roger
04 Damask Roses, No.3 of Seven Elizabethan Lyrics, Op.12 01:22 $ 0.33 USD
  Composer: Britten, Benjamin
05 The Nightingale and the Rose 04:05 $ 0.98 USD
  Composer: Gounod, Charles
06 Le temps des roses 02:23 $ 0.57 USD
  Composer: Fauré, Gabriel
07 Les roses d’Ispahan, Op.39 No.4 03:01 $ 0.72 USD
  Composer: Strauss, Richard
08 Das Rosenband, Op.36 No.1 03:25 $ 0.82 USD
  Composer: Strauss, Richard
  Mädchenblumen, Op.22 10:40
09 1. Kornblumen 02:03 $ 0.49 USD
10 2. Mohnblumen 01:18 $ 0.31 USD
11 3. Epheu 03:28 $ 0.83 USD
12 4. Wasserrose 03:51 $ 0.92 USD
  Composer: Schubert, Franz
13 Die Blumensprache, Op.173 No.5 (D519) 02:15 $ 0.54 USD
14 Im Haine, Op.56 No.3 (D738) 02:28 $ 0.59 USD
  Composer: Schumann, Robert
15 Jasminenstrauch, Op.27 No.4 00:47 $ 0.19 USD
16 Die Blume der Ergebung, Op.83 No.2 03:06 $ 0.74 USD
17 Schneeglöckchen, Op.79 No.27 01:36 $ 0.38 USD
  Composer: Poulenc, Francis
18 Fleurs, FP.101 No.6 02:51 $ 0.68 USD
  Composer: Fauré, Gabriel
19 Le papillon et la fleur 02:01 $ 0.48 USD
20 Fleur jetée, Op.39 No.2 01:17 $ 0.31 USD
  Composer: Hahn, Reynaldo
21 Offrande 03:20 $ 0.80 USD
  Composer: Debussy, Claude
22 De fleurs, No.3 of Proses lyriques, L.90 (84) 05:42 $ 1.37 USD
  Composer: Boulanger, Lili
23 Les lilas qui avaient fleuri, No.9 of Clairières dans le
ciel (1914)
02:39 $ 0.64 USD
  Composer: Chabrier, Emmanuel
24 Toutes les fleurs! 04:48 $ 1.15 USD
  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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