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After many acclaimed releases on BIS, most recently ‘Sounds and Sweet Airs – A Shakespeare Songbook’ (BIS-2653), Carolyn Sampson’s latest recital with Joseph Middleton lives up to its name: it is an eloquent testimony to the English soprano’s love of her art. This programme artfully blends well-known and lesser-known lieder by German and Austrian masters such as Schubert, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Richard Strauss and Hugo Wolf with French songs by Gounod, Poulenc and Franck, as well as works by Anglo-Saxon composers such as Hubert Parry, Samuel Barber and Ivor Gurney.

Female composers are not forgotten, with rarely-performed songs by Rita Strohl based on slightly risqué poems by Pierre Louÿs, music by Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Kaija Saariaho – who has recently passed away – and Deborah Pritchard, whose song presented here was composed especially for Sampson. And while Leonard Bernstein’s comically cheeky song ‘I hate music’, appears to be a call not to let music take itself too seriously, Errollyn Wallen’s ‘Peace on Earth’, which concludes the album, invokes calm and encourages us to find peace, a message that seems more relevant today than ever.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Wolf, Hugo
01 An eine Äolsharfe 06:01 $ 0.90 USD
  Composer: Brahms, Johannes
02 An ein Veilchen, Op.49 No. 2 02:25 $ 0.36 USD
  Composer: Schubert, Franz
03 An die Musik, D 547 02:39 $ 0.40 USD
  Composer: Parry, Hubert
04 My Heart is Like a Singing Bird 01:47 $ 0.27 USD
  Composer: Bernstein, Leonard
05 I Hate Music 01:28 $ 0.22 USD
  Composer: Frances-Hoad, Cheryl
06 Something More Than Mortal 03:19 $ 0.50 USD
  Composer: Mendelssohn (-Bartholdy), Felix
07 Auf Flügeln des Gesanges, Op.34 No. 2 02:44 $ 0.41 USD
  Composer: Marx, Joseph
08 Nocturne 03:25 $ 0.51 USD
  Composer: Franck, César
09 Nocturne, FWV 85 03:29 $ 0.52 USD
  Composer: Strohl, Rita
  Bilitis, poème en 12 chants 10:49
10 IX. Bilitis 02:41 $ 0.40 USD
11 XI. La nuit 04:13 $ 0.63 USD
12 XII. Berceuse 03:55 $ 0.59 USD
  Composer: Paladilhe, Emile
13 Psyché  03:14 $ 0.49 USD
  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian, Gounod, Charles
14 Ave Maria 02:42 $ 0.41 USD
  Composer: Poulenc, Francis
  Deux poèmes de Louis Aragon, FP 122 03:48
15 I. C 02:50 $ 0.43 USD
16 II. Fêtes galantes 00:58 $ 0.15 USD
  Composer: Saariaho, Kaija
17 Parfum de l'instant 04:08 $ 0.62 USD
  Composer: Pritchard, Deborah
18 Everyone Sang 03:46 $ 0.57 USD
  Composer: Barber, Samuel
19 A Slumber Song of the Madonna 02:09 $ 0.32 USD
  Composer: Gurney, Ivor
20 Sleep 02:53 $ 0.43 USD
  Composer: Strauss, Richard
21 Morgen, Op.27 No. 4 03:59 $ 0.60 USD
  Composer: Errollyn Wallen
22 Peace on Earth 03:48 $ 0.57 USD
  Album total 68:47
ComposerBach, Johann Sebastian
Barber, Samuel
Bernstein, Leonard
Brahms, Johannes
Errollyn Wallen
Frances-Hoad, Cheryl
Franck, César
Gounod, Charles
Gurney, Ivor
Marx, Joseph
Mendelssohn (-Bartholdy), Felix
Paladilhe, Emile
Parry, Hubert
Poulenc, Francis
Pritchard, Deborah
Saariaho, Kaija
Schubert, Franz
Strauss, Richard
Strohl, Rita
Wolf, Hugo
SopranoSampson, Carolyn
PianoMiddleton, Joseph
ViolinLiebeck, Jack

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