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Reason in Madness / Sampson, Middleton


Release Date: 04/05/2019 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 2353  
Composer:  Johannes BrahmsRobert SchumannRichard StraussCharles Koechlin,   ... 
Performer:  Carolyn SampsonJoseph Middleton
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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 release, 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 Read more 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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REVIEW:

All performed with Sampson’s wonted freshness of tone, superb control and subtle sensuality, with Middleton offering vibrant support.

– Guardian (UK) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Ophelia Songs, WoO 22: no 4, Sie trugen ihn auf der Bahre bloss by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Carolyn Sampson (Soprano), Joseph Middleton (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; Austria 
2.
Gesänge (6), Op. 107: no 1, Herzeleid by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Carolyn Sampson (Soprano), Joseph Middleton (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851-1852; Germany 
3.
Lieder (6), Op. 67: Nos 1-3 "Ophelia Lieder" by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Carolyn Sampson (Soprano), Joseph Middleton (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Germany 
4.
Chansons (5) de Bilitis, Op. 39: No. 1, Hymne à Astarté by Charles Koechlin
Performer:  Carolyn Sampson (Soprano), Joseph Middleton (Piano)
5.
Chansons de Bilitis for Speaker and Chamber Ensemble by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Carolyn Sampson (Soprano), Joseph Middleton (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1900; France 
6.
Chansons (5) de Bilitis, Op. 39: No. 5, Épitaphe de Bilitis by Charles Koechlin
Performer:  Carolyn Sampson (Soprano), Joseph Middleton (Piano)
7.
Romance de Mignon by Henri Duparc
Performer:  Carolyn Sampson (Soprano), Joseph Middleton (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1869; France 
8.
Goethe Lieder: no 9, Mignon "Kennst du das Land" by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Carolyn Sampson (Soprano), Joseph Middleton (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
9.
Goethe Lieder: no 5, Mignon I "Heiss mich nicht reden" by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Carolyn Sampson (Soprano), Joseph Middleton (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
10.
Goethe Lieder: no 6, Mignon II "Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt" by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Carolyn Sampson (Soprano), Joseph Middleton (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
11.
Goethe Lieder: no 7, Mignon III "So lasst mich scheinen" by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Carolyn Sampson (Soprano), Joseph Middleton (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
12.
Gretchen am Spinnrade, D 118/Op. 2 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Carolyn Sampson (Soprano), Joseph Middleton (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1814; Vienna, Austria 
13.
Songs (5), Op. 107: no 5, Mädchenlied by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Carolyn Sampson (Soprano), Joseph Middleton (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1887; Austria 
14.
Gesänge (6), Op. 107: no 4, Die Spinnerin by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Carolyn Sampson (Soprano), Joseph Middleton (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851-1852; Germany 
15.
La mort d'Ophélie by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Carolyn Sampson (Soprano), Joseph Middleton (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1857; France 
16.
Chansons (4) de Shakespeare, Op. 28: no 3, Chanson d'Ophélie by Ernest Chausson
Performer:  Carolyn Sampson (Soprano), Joseph Middleton (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; France 
17.
Ophelia Songs, WoO 22 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Carolyn Sampson (Soprano), Joseph Middleton (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; Austria 
18.
Au pays où se fait la guerre by Henri Duparc
Performer:  Carolyn Sampson (Soprano), Joseph Middleton (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: ?1869-70; France 
19.
La dame de Monte Carlo by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Carolyn Sampson (Soprano), Joseph Middleton (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961; France 

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