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Fleurs: Songs on Floral Themes, by Purcell, Schumann, Britten, Schubert, Debussy et al. / Carolyn Sampson, soprano; Joseph Middleton, piano

Album Summary

>Purcell, Henry : Sweeter than roses (from "Pausanias"), song, Z. 585/1
>Schumann, Robert : Gedichte (7), Op. 90
>Schumann, Robert : Röselein, Röselein!, song for voice & piano, Op. 89/6
>Quilter, Roger [Composer] : Damask Roses, for voice & piano, Op. 12/3
>Britten, Benjamin : The Poet's Echo
>Gounod, Charles : Le temps des roses, song for voice & piano
>Fauré, Gabriel : Les roses d'Ispahan, Op. 39 no 4
>Strauss, Richard : Das Rosenband ("Im Frühlingsschatten fand ich sie"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 36/1
>Strauss, Richard : Mädchenblumen, songs (4) for voice & piano, Op. 22 (TrV 153)
>Schubert, Franz : Die Blumensprache ("Es deuten die Blumen"), song for voice & piano, D. 519 (Op. posth. 173/5)
>Schubert, Franz : Im Haine, D 738/Op. 56 no 3
>Schumann, Robert : Jasminenstrauch ("Grün ist der Jasminenstrauch"), song for voice & piano, Op. 27/4
>Schumann, Robert : Die Blume der Ergebung ("Ich bin die Blum' in Garten"), song for voice & piano, Op. 83/2
>Schumann, Robert : Schneeglöckchen ("Der Schnee, der gestern noch in Flökchen"), song for voice & piano (Lieder-Album f
>Poulenc, Francis : Fleurs ("Fleurs promises, fleurs tenues..."), song for voice & piano (Fiançailles pour rire), FP 101
>Fauré, Gabriel : Le Papillon et la Fleur, song for voice & piano in C major, Op. 1/1
>Fauré, Gabriel : Fleur Jetée, song for voice & piano in F minor, Op. 39/2
>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Offrande, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book I")
>Debussy, Claude : De fleurs ("Dans l'ennui si désolément vert"), song for voice & piano, L. 84/3
>Boulanger, Lili : Les lilas qui avaient fleuri, for voice & piano (Clairières dans le ciel no 9)
>Chabrier, Emmanuel : Mélodies (6), for voice and piano
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Notes & Reviews:

BBC Music Magazine, Awards Issue 2015
A sweetly scented posy, this...Perfect, too, for all who love Sampson's fragrant, light-filled, warmly communicative soprano. Surprisingly, this is her sollo recital debut on disc. The bouquet was Joseph Middleton's idea, and his fluent and always idiomatic playing accompanies Sampson with glee and grace throughout.

Carolyn Sampson has enjoyed notable successes worldwide in repertoire ranging from the early baroque to the present day, in opera and concert as well as on disc. Nevertheless, the present recording is, as she writes in a personal introduction in the CD booklet, something of a début - her first recital disc of songs with piano.When choosing the repertoire, she collaborated closely with her pianist, Joseph Middleton and together they have devised a garland of flowers: settings of poems on a floral theme in Russian, English, French and German. Just as flowers themselves are used to convey affection or regret, and are symbols of celebration as well as bereavement, the selected songs represent a great diversity, through their different musical styles and affects. Scintillating exuberance, as in Fauré's youthful Le papillon et la fleur, and intimate delicacy (Schumann: Schneeglöckchen) alternate with the ethereal mystique of Richard Strauss's Wasserrose and the sad resignation which infuses Britten's setting of Alexander Pushkin's poem Solovej i roza, depicting the unrequited love of a nightingale for a rose. There are even threatening moments, as in De fleurs, Debussy's setting of his own, Baudelairean text, in which violet irises and sickly white lilies languish in a stifling hothouse atmosphere. But as Carolyn Sampson and Joseph Middleton sum it up in the closing song of the disc, Chabrier's Toutes les fleurs, we do adore them all, be they mimosa, jasmine, lilies-of-the-valley, marigolds, corn-flowers, cyclamen...

Gramophone Magazine, May 2015
Always a lovely Baroque singer, Sampson vividly suggests the mounting erotic excitement of 'Sweeter than roses'...But with hints of deeper colours in her vernal soprano, she is hardly less persuasive in Romantic songs...Middleton creates limpid, luminous textures...an imaginatively planned, beautifully executed recital that charms and touches by turns.

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
The program is a nice mix 'of "greatest hits" of song literature: FaurT's 'Fleur JetTe' is performed with terrific energy, and lesser known gems, like Lili Boulanger's 'Les Lilas Qui Avaient Fleuri', get some nice attention. I don't love Chabrier but 'Toutes Les Fleurs!' is a great way to end this program. Sampson and Middleton's enthusiasm is infectious. Notes, texts, and translations.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (02/2014).



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>Purcell, Henry : Sweeter than roses (from "Pausanias"), song, Z. 585/1
  • Performers: Joseph Middleton (Piano); Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1695

>Schumann, Robert : Gedichte (7), Op. 90
  • Performers: Joseph Middleton (Piano); Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1850

>Schumann, Robert : Röselein, Röselein!, song for voice & piano, Op. 89/6
  • Performers: Joseph Middleton (Piano); Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1850

>Quilter, Roger [Composer] : Damask Roses, for voice & piano, Op. 12/3
  • Performers: Joseph Middleton (Piano); Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Britten, Benjamin : The Poet's Echo :: 4. The Nightingale and the Rose
  • Performers: Joseph Middleton (Piano); Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1965

>Gounod, Charles : Le temps des roses, song for voice & piano
  • Performers: Joseph Middleton (Piano); Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Fauré, Gabriel : Les roses d'Ispahan, Op. 39 no 4
  • Performers: Joseph Middleton (Piano); Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1884

>Strauss, Richard : Das Rosenband ("Im Frühlingsschatten fand ich sie"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 36/1
  • Performers: Joseph Middleton (Piano); Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1897.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1897

>Strauss, Richard : Mädchenblumen, songs (4) for voice & piano, Op. 22 (TrV 153)
  • Performers: Joseph Middleton (Piano); Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1886-1888

>Schubert, Franz : Die Blumensprache ("Es deuten die Blumen"), song for voice & piano, D. 519 (Op. posth. 173/5)
  • Performers: Joseph Middleton (Piano); Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: ?01/1817

>Schubert, Franz : Im Haine, D 738/Op. 56 no 3
  • Performers: Joseph Middleton (Piano); Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: ?1822

>Schumann, Robert : Jasminenstrauch ("Grün ist der Jasminenstrauch"), song for voice & piano, Op. 27/4
  • Performers: Joseph Middleton (Piano); Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1840

>Schumann, Robert : Die Blume der Ergebung ("Ich bin die Blum' in Garten"), song for voice & piano, Op. 83/2
  • Performers: Joseph Middleton (Piano); Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1850

>Schumann, Robert : Schneeglöckchen ("Der Schnee, der gestern noch in Flökchen"), song for voice & piano (Lieder-Album f
  • Performers: Joseph Middleton (Piano); Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1849

>Poulenc, Francis : Fleurs ("Fleurs promises, fleurs tenues..."), song for voice & piano (Fiançailles pour rire), FP 101
  • Performers: Joseph Middleton (Piano); Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1939

>Fauré, Gabriel : Le Papillon et la Fleur, song for voice & piano in C major, Op. 1/1
  • Performers: Joseph Middleton (Piano); Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1861

>Fauré, Gabriel : Fleur Jetée, song for voice & piano in F minor, Op. 39/2
  • Performers: Joseph Middleton (Piano); Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 05/25/1884

>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Offrande, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book I")
  • Performers: Joseph Middleton (Piano); Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1891

>Debussy, Claude : De fleurs ("Dans l'ennui si désolément vert"), song for voice & piano, L. 84/3
  • Performers: Joseph Middleton (Piano); Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1893

>Boulanger, Lili : Les lilas qui avaient fleuri, for voice & piano (Clairières dans le ciel no 9)
  • Performers: Joseph Middleton (Piano); Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Chabrier, Emmanuel : Mélodies (6), for voice and piano :: Toutes les Fleurs!
  • Performers: Joseph Middleton (Piano); Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890