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Carolyn Sampson – 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.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Brahms, Johannes
  No.4 from 5 Ophelia-Lieder, WoO 22
01 Sie trugen ihn auf der Bahre bloss 00:54 $ 0.22 USD
  Composer: Schumann, Robert
02 Herzeleid, Op. 107 No. 1 01:43 $ 0.44 USD
  Composer: Strauss, Richard
  Drei Lieder der Ophelia, Op.67 07:06
03 Erstes Lied der Ophelia: Wie erkenn ich mein Treulieb vor
andern nun
02:23 $ 0.59 USD
04 Zweites Lied der Ophelia: Guten Morgen, ’s ist Sankt
01:05 $ 0.28 USD
05 Drittes Lied der Ophelia: Sie trugen ihn auf der Bahre bloss 03:38 $ 0.89 USD
  Composer: Koechlin (Kœchlin), Charles
06 Hymne à Astarté 01:48 $ 0.46 USD
  Composer: Debussy, Claude
  Chansons de Bilitis, L 97 09:16
07 I. La Flûte de Pan 02:50 $ 0.70 USD
08 II. La Chevelure 03:35 $ 0.87 USD
09 III. Le Tombeau des naïades 02:51 $ 0.74 USD
  Composer: Koechlin (Kœchlin), Charles
10 Épitaphe de Bilitis 03:36 $ 0.88 USD
  Composer: Duparc, Henri
11 Romance de Mignon 04:26 $ 1.08 USD
  Composer: Wolf, Hugo
  Mignon-Lieder 15:36
12 Kennst Du das Land 06:18 $ 1.53 USD
13 Heiß mich nicht reden 03:39 $ 0.90 USD
14 Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt 02:01 $ 0.50 USD
15 So lasst mich scheiden, bis ich werde 03:38 $ 0.88 USD
  Composer: Schubert, Franz
16 Gretchen am Spinnrade, D 118 03:40 $ 0.90 USD
17 Mädchenlied, Op. 107 No. 5 01:39 $ 0.41 USD
  Composer: Schumann, Robert
18 Die Spinnerin, Op. 107 No. 4 01:18 $ 0.34 USD
  Composer: Saint-Saëns, Camille
19 La mort d’Ophélie 03:10 $ 0.78 USD
  Composer: Chausson, Ernest
20 Chanson d’Ophélie 01:35 $ 0.42 USD
  Composer: Brahms, Johannes
21 5 Ophelia-Lieder, WoO 22 04:00 $ 0.99 USD
  Composer: Duparc, Henri
  Au pays ou se fait la guerre
22 Au pays où se fait la guerre 05:04 $ 1.26 USD
  Composer: Poulenc, Francis
23 La Dame de Monte-Carlo 07:15 $ 1.88 USD
  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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