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Carolyn Sampson - A Soprano’s Schubertiade

Catalogue numberBIS-2343 SACD
Release date2018-04-10
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time77:32

Schubert’s empathy with women is everywhere evident in his body of songs, which include songs to, by, about and for women. Devised by Carolyn Sampson and Joseph Middleton, the present recital brings us each of those possibilities and more.

The playwright Helmina von Chézy wrote the text to the tender Romanze, intending it for her play Rosamunde, Princess of Cyprus to which Schubert composed incidental music. Another female author, Marianne von Willemer, wrote the two Suleika poems for Goethe, who included them (under his own name) in the collection West-östlicher Divan. And no less than seven of the other songs on the disc are also associated with Goethe, and his characters Mignon (from Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre) and Gretchen (from Faust). Schubert was for a while almost obsessed with the mysterious and waif-like Mignon, making several settings of the poems associated with her. Less of an enigma but equally moving, Schubert’s Gretchen sings of awakening desire (Gretchen am Spinnrade) and laments her coming disgrace (Gretchens Bitte).

Carolyn Sampson and Joseph Middleton have collaborated on several acclaimed projects for BIS, most recently with the counter-tenor Iestyn Davies as their companion. Here they close their Soprano’s Schubertiade with three settings of poems by Walter Scott, albeit in German translations. The three ‘Ellen Songs’ are from the verse-romance The Lady of the Lake from 1810, with the last one, ‘Schubert’s Ave Maria’, being one of the composer’s best-known and most loved compositions.
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Extra material for download
01 Suleika I (Was bedeutet die Bewegung?), D 720 05:28 $ 1.31 USD
02 Suleika II (Ach, um deine feuchten Schwingen), D 717 04:22 $ 1.05 USD
03 Romanze (Der Vollmond strahlt), D 797 No. 3b 03:15 $ 0.78 USD
04 Blondel zu Marien, D 626 03:40 $ 0.88 USD
  Songs from ‘Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre’ 14:43
05 Heiß mich nicht reden, D 877 No.2 03:39 $ 0.88 USD
06 Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt, D 877 No.4 03:06 $ 0.74 USD
07 So lasst mich scheinen, D 877 No.3 03:38 $ 0.87 USD
08 Kennst du das Land? D 321 04:20 $ 1.04 USD
  Songs from ‘Faust’, Part I 14:13
09 Gretchen am Spinnrade, D 118 03:44 $ 0.90 USD
10 Gretchens Bitte/‘Gretchen im Zwinger’, D 564 06:53 $ 1.65 USD
11 Der König in Thule, D 367 03:36 $ 0.86 USD
12 Viola, D 786 13:26 $ 3.22 USD
  Ellens Gesänge 18:18
13 Ellens Gesang I (Raste, Krieger!), D 837 08:23 $ 2.01 USD
14 Ellens Gesang II (Jäger, ruhe von der Jagd!), D 838 03:16 $ 0.78 USD
15 Ellens Gesang III (Ave Maria), D 839 06:39 $ 1.60 USD
  Album total 77:32
ComposerSchubert, Franz
Chezy, Wilhelmina Christiane von
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
Schober, Franz von
Scott, Walter
Storck, Adam
Willemer, Marianne von
SopranoSampson, Carolyn
PianoMiddleton, Joseph

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