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Carolyn Sampson, Joseph Middleton - Fleurs (2015)

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Carolyn Sampson, Joseph Middleton - Fleurs (2015)

Carolyn Sampson, Joseph Middleton - Fleurs (2015)
Schumann, Britten, Purcell, Fauré, Gounod, R.Strauss, Schubert, Poulenc, Debussy, Boulanger

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Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: BIS | # BIS-SACD-2102 | Time: 01:08:50

Those of us who rejoice in the crystalline beauty of Carolyn Sampson’s interpretations of Bach, Handel and Purcell will welcome this bouquet of songs on a floral theme, her debut recital disc. It’s been a long wait, but our patience is repaid handsomely. With pianist Joseph Middleton she savours some choice blooms from, among others, Britten, Chabrier, Schubert, Schumann, Gounod and Strauss, her glorious soprano particularly affecting in Fauré’s Le papillon et la fleur and the wonderfully perfumed Les roses d’Ispahan. Middleton plays with dextrous delicacy throughout and brings real virtuosity to Strauss’s Mädchenblumen. Highly recommended.

Review by Stephen Pritchard, The Guardian

Nearly everyone who has listened to Baroque vocal music in the 21st century knows the name and voice of British soprano Carolyn Sampson, so many will be surprised to learn that this is her debut solo recital album. Replicating a concert program Sampson has often performed with pianist Joseph Middleton, it is here recorded in sublimely accurate SACD sound at Suffolk's Potton Hall. Song aficionados may enjoy trying to deduce the structure of the program from the plain track listing on the CD's back cover: clearly the theme is flowers, but how are the 24 tracks subdivided after the initial group that's all about roses? After this is a group of Richard Strauss songs titled "Strauss's Flowermaidens," and then a highly original grouping of Schumann and Schubert songs on the theme "When blooms speak." Finally there's "Un bouquet française," a diverse collection of French songs from the 19th and early 20th centuries. As it happens, Sampson is as effective in this Romantic and early modern repertory as she is in Handel and Bach. She inhabits all three languages effectively, and the program hangs together very well: most of the material is on the sadder side and doesn't go much beyond medium tempo (there is no Heidenröslein or anything like it). The music is affecting, the singer confident, the accompanist (who had a big hand in devising the program) sensitive, and the engineering superb. A highly recommended recital.

Review by James Manheim, Allmusic.com


Amid a clutch of floral favourites – say, Purcell’s ‘Sweeter than roses’ (in Britten’s flamboyant arrangement), Schumann’s ‘Jasminenstrauch’ and Fauré’s ‘Les roses d’Ispahan’ – Carolyn Sampson and Joseph Middleton range well off the beaten track to embrace such rarities as Lili Boulanger’s dreamy, liquescent ‘Les lilas qui avaient fleuri’ and Strauss’s beguiling Mädchenblumen songs. Always a lovely Baroque singer, Sampson vividly suggests the mounting erotic excitement of ‘Sweeter than roses’, often sung merely as a sweet love song. But with hints of deeper colours in her vernal soprano, she is hardly less persuasive in Romantic song. She sings Schubert’s ‘Die Blumensprache’ and ‘Im Haine’ with fresh, smiling tone, gracefully negotiating the ornamental turns and melismas. To Schumann’s fragile, self-communing miniatures she brings an ideal delicacy and Innigkeit, not least in the gently floated high notes and magical pianissimo close of the rare ‘Die Blume der Ergebung’. Here and elsewhere Middleton creates limpid, luminous textures and reveals a subtle feeling for Schummanesque rubato.

If Sampson sounds slightly stretched by the climax of ‘Mohnblumen’, most extrovert of the Mädchenblumen songs, her silver-spun lines and radiance in alt make for enchanting performances of ‘Kornblumen’, with its long, Italianate cantilena, and the mysterious ‘Wasserrose’. In Britten’s unquiet Pushkin setting ‘The Nightingale and the Rose’ her purity of timbre and relative restraint are just as moving as the more unbridled performance by Vishnevskaya and Rostropovich (Decca, 6/70). In French song, too, Sampson is in her element, whether in the blithe, seductive grace of Gounod’s ‘Le temps des roses’ or the hothouse torpor of Debussy’s ‘De fleurs’, where she and Middleton respond sensitively to the sultry, shifting harmonies. After so much languor and wistfulness, the mingled passion and playful mockery – nicely caught by Sampson – of Chabrier’s ‘Toutes les fleurs!’ provides a delectable envoi to an imaginatively planned, beautifully executed recital that charms and touches by turns.

Review by Richard Wigmore, Gramophone


Carolyn Sampson, Joseph Middleton - Fleurs (2015)



Carolyn Sampson, Joseph Middleton - Fleurs (2015)



Tracklist:

01. Henry Purcell / Benjamin Britten: Sweeter than roses (03:40)

02. Robert Schumann: Meine Rose, Op. 90 No. 2 (03:29)
03. Robert Schumann: Röselein, Röselein! Op. 89 No. 6 (02:26)

04. Roger Quilter: Damask Roses (01:24)

05. Benjamin Britten: The Nightingale and the Rose (04:03)

06. Charles Gounod: Le temps des roses (02:25)

07. Gabriel Fauré: Les Roses d'Ispahan, Op. 39 No.4 (03:04)

08. Richard Strauss: Das Rosenband, Op. 36 No. 1 (03:27)
09. Richard Strauss: Mädchenblumen, Op. 22 - 1. Kornblumen (02:03)
10. Richard Strauss: Mädchenblumen, Op. 22 - 2. Mohnblumen (01:17)
11. Richard Strauss: Mädchenblumen, Op. 22 - 3. Epheu (03:33)
12. Richard Strauss: Mädchenblumen, Op. 22 - 4. Wasserrose (03:55)

13. Franz Schubert: Die Blumensprache, Op. 173 No. 5 (02:18)
14. Franz Schubert: Im Haine, Op. 56 No. 3 (02:30)

15. Robert Schumann: Jasminenstrauch, Op. 27 No. 4 (00:48)
16. Robert Schumann: Die Blume der Ergebung, Op. 83 No. 2 (03:11)
17. Robert Schumann: Schneeglöckchen, Op. 79 No. 27 (01:39)

18. Francis Poulenc: Fleurs, FP. 101 No. 6 (02:53)

19. Gabriel Fauré: Le Papillon et la fleur (02:03)
20. Gabriel Fauré: Fleur jetée, Op. 39 No. 2 (01:21)

21. Reynaldo Hahn: Offrande (03:23)

22. Claude Debussy: De fleurs (05:46)

23. Lili Boulanger: Les lilas qui avaient fleuri (02:42)

24. Emmanuel Chabrier: Toutes les fleurs! (05:17)


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Carolyn Sampson, Joseph Middleton - Fleurs (2015)

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