Carolyn Sampson

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Carolyn Sampson

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Handel: Solomon

Handel: Solomon


2 CD box with sung texts and French translation

Handel was 63 years-old when he composed 'Solomon', one of his final masterpieces. It caused the composer serious financial difficulties in 1749 on account of the exceptional forces it required – but under the baton of Daniel Reuss, it finds a crack British cast devoted to its noble cause. This monumental oratorio depicts the three highpoints of the biblical king’s life: the building of the temple, the famous judgment, and the visit of the Queen of Sheba.

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Monteverdi: L'Orfeo

Monteverdi: L'Orfeo


Ian Bostridge (Orfeo), Natalie Dessay (La Musica), Patrizia Ciofi (Euridice), Véronique Gens (Proserpina), Alice Coote (Messaggiera), Sonia Prina (Speranza), Carolyn Sampson (Ninfa), Paul Agnew (Eco/Pastore), Christopher Maltman (Apollo/Pastore), Lorenzo Regazzo (Plutone), Mario Luperi (Caronte), Pascal Bertin, Richard Burkhard (Pastori)

Le Concert d'Astrée, European Voices, Emmanuelle Haïm

Monteverdi’s retelling of the story of Orpheus and Eurydice, composed for the court of Mantua, is the earliest opera to hold a firm place in the repertoire. Emmanuelle Haïm directs a full-blooded performance with star singers whose artistry is as valid here – in a groundbreaking Renaissance score – as in music of later eras: Ian Bostridge, Patrizia Ciofi, Natalie Dessay, Carolyn Sampson, Véronique Gens, Alice Coote, Sonia Prina, Christopher Maltman and Lorenzo Regazzo.

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Erato - The Home of Opera - 9029593486

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Purcell: Come all ye songsters

Purcell: Come all ye songsters

Recorded live at Wigmore Hall, London, on 17 March 2015


anon.:

Minuet

Corbetta:

Passachaglia

Draghi, G B:

The Italian Ground

Purcell:

Come All Yee Songsters

Ye gentle spirits of the air (from The Fairy Queen, Z629)

A dance of fairies (instr.) (from The Fairy Queen Z629)

Sing while we trip it (from The Fairy Queen Z629)

Suite No. 5 in C major, Z 666

The cares of lovers (from Timon of Athens, Z632)

Fly swift ye hours, Z369

Not all my torments can your pity move, Z400

From Rosy Bow'rs (from Don Quixote)

Let the dreadful engines (from Don Quixote, Z578)

Mystery’s Song (from The Fairy Queen, Z629)

Music from the guitar book of Princess Anne (instrumental)

I see she flies me ev'rywhere (from Aureng-Zebe or The Great Mogul, Z573)

What a sad fate is mine, Z428A

Pious Celinda goes to prayers, Z410

Tis Nature's voice (from Hail, Bright Cecilia, Z328)

Abdelazer or The Moor's Revenge: incidental music, Z570

Hark! The Echoing Air (from The Fairy Queen, Z629)

I attempt from love's sickness to fly in vain (from The Indian Queen)

spoken intro to encore

Fairest Isle (from King Arthur)

spoken intro to encore

Simpson, C:

A Division upon a Ground for Viola da gamba & B.c.from The Division Violist (London 1659)


Carolyn Sampson (soprano), Elizabeth Kenny (lute), Jonathan Manson (viol) & Laurence Cummings (harpsichord)

Carolyn Sampson has enjoyed notable success worldwide in repertoire ranging from early Baroque to the present day. She is in high demand by leading opera companies around the world, and regularly makes recital appearances too. Following the success of her first release ‘Not Just Dowland’, [WHLIVE0034] we are now delighted to present her second release on the Wigmore Hall Live label. She is joined by some of Britain’s most exciting exponents of historical performance – lutenist Elizabeth Kenny, harpsichordist Laurence Cummings, and viol player Jonathan Manson. This leading ensemble examines the colourful world of Purcell songs. Unlike his European counterparts, Purcell was unused to traditionally operatic terms and was unconstrained by them. Ignorance was certainly bliss in this case; for him ‘Song’ was a performers’ medium. Thoughout the course of this recital, recorded live at Wigmore Hall, we hear the musicians discovering and revealing the meaning of the texts, as they bring to life the works with sensitivity and charm.

“Versatile and ever engaging, soprano Carolyn Sampson shines in this showcase of contrasting Purcell songs...As an encore, Sampson sings Fairest Isle, unhurried, with lovely ornament and pure tone.” The Guardian, 26th June 2016 ****

“What could be just another lovely solo recital is subtly but determinedly refocused here as an ensemble affair. Each of the musicians gets a chance to step into the spotlight, and the result is both a more interesting and a much more satisfying listen than a straight sequence of arias with the obligatory mid-programme instrumental breath-catcher … Any recording of Purcell songs enters a crowded market but Sampson makes a strong case for her contribution, with just a little help from some starry musical friends” Gramophone Magazine, September 2016

“Carolyn Sampson sings with rich yet clear soprano tone and pays keen attention to the texts she sings, as befits Purcell’s reputation as perhaps the greatest composer to set his native tongue to music…throughout it all, Sampson is royally supported by a trio of accompanists, and it’s good that they provide instrumental solos or duets too” Classical Ear, 26/08/16 ****

“of course it’s soprano Carolyn Sampson’s peerless Purcell that steals the show – whether inhabiting tortured madness, or the airborne, caressing grace of an opening set from The Fairy Queen. By way of the final encore, ‘Fairest Isle’ bids farewell with a guileless, eloquent, spellbinding simplicity.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2016 ****

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Bach - Secular Cantatas VI

Bach - Secular Cantatas VI


Bach, J S:

Psalm 51 from Pergolesi's Stabat Mater BWV1083 'Tilge, Höchster meine Sünden'

Cantata BWV53 'Schlage doch, gewünschte Stunde'

Cantata BWV198 'Laß, Fürstin, laß noch einen Strahl' (Trauerode)


Carolyn Sampson (soprano), Joanne Lunn (soprano), Robin Blaze (counter-tenor), Gerd Türk (tenor) & Dominik Wörner (bass)

Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki

Although Bach's sacred cantatas span a huge expressive range and display a striking stylistic diversity, they were all composed for church service. In the case of the secular cantatas, on the other hand, their respective purpose is as varied as their subject matter and emotional content. They were usually commissions intended for occasions such as weddings, funerals and birthdays. As such they were sometimes performed in churches, and some of them have religious texts, but as the works gathered here show, they were not related to the particular theme of the church service on a certain day. The cantata BWV 198, often called the Trauerode (funeral ode) was performed at an imposing ceremony in Leipzig's Paulinerkirche in 1727, held in order to mark the passing of Christiane Eberhardine, wife of Augustus the Strong, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland. Compared to BWV 198, the circumstances surrounding Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden, BWV 1083, are far more uncertain: why Bach at a late stage in his life (around 1746) decided to make an arrangement of Pergolesi's famous Stabat mater isn't known. In the case of the Pergolesi arrangement, the text is religious – a German paraphrase of the penitential Psalm 51 replaces the medieval sequence about Mary mourning Christ at the cross – but the work doesn't seem to have had any liturgical purpose.

“Bach Collegium Japan produce a delectable vision in quasi-Passion clothes…the choruses captivatingly detailed, luminous and with just enough galant accentuation…Suzuki delivers a captivating narrative of sadness leading seamlessly and reassuringly to idealism” Gramophone Magazine, May 2016

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Stravinsky: Les Noces, Mass & Cantata

Stravinsky: Les Noces, Mass & Cantata


Stravinsky:

Les Noces

Mass

Cantata


Carolyn Sampson (soprano), Susan Parry, Jan Kobow, Vsevolod Grivnov & Maxim Mikhailov

RIAS Kammerchor & musikFabrik, Daniel Reuss

This tribute to Stravinsky at his finest from the combined talents of the RIAS Kammerchor and MusikFabrik, includes the extraordinary, pioneering 'Les Noces' which took Stravinsky more than ten years to complete, plus the 'Mass' of 1948 and the 'Cantata' of 1952.

“The Chamber Choir's pitches are true and focused, rhythms crisp, textures clean, and in the jubilant wedding cantata-ballet Les noces that marked the culmination of Stravinsky's early Russian period there is a clear and spacious sound balance with its accompanying ensemble of four pianos and percussion.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2006 ***

“a feeling of rhythmic joy is what makes this new performance so exhilarating. The performance is terrific, directed with superb exuberance by Daniel Reuss... Why is the Mass not better known? It too has an archaic feeling but it is wonderfully lyrical and inspired. The performances are all marvellous: who would have expected to hear Carolyn Sampson singing Stravinsky? This record is not to be missed.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2006

“a joy, MusikFabrik's four pianists and six percussionists produce an electrifying sound, as do the impeccable RIAS Kammerchor, the silver-toned soprano Carolyn Sampson, and mezzo Susan Parry, whose maudlin mother-ofthe- bride is superb…Jan Kobow's Cantus Cancrizans is riveting.” The Independent on Sunday

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Carolyn Sampson: Fleurs

Carolyn Sampson: Fleurs


Boulanger, L:

Les lilas qui avaient fleuri

Britten:

The Nightingale and the Rose

Chabrier:

Toutes les fleurs

Debussy:

De fleurs

Fauré:

Le papillon et la fleur, Op. 1 No. 1

Fleur jetée, Op. 39 No. 2

Les roses d'Ispahan Op. 39 No. 4

Gounod:

Le temps des roses

Hahn, R:

Offrande

Poulenc:

Fleurs

Purcell:

Sweeter than Roses (from Pausanius, the Betrayer of his Country, Z585)

Quilter:

Damask Roses

Schubert:

Im Haine, D738

Die Blumensprache D519 (Platner)

Schumann:

Schneeglöckchen, Op. 79 No. 26

Die Blume der Ergebung Op. 83 No. 2 (Friedrich Rückert)

Jasminenstrauch Op. 27 No. 4 (Friedrich Rückert)

Meine Rose, Op. 90 No. 2

Röselein, Röselein! Op. 89 No. 6 ('Wielfried von der Neun')

Strauss, R:

Mädchenblumen (4 songs), Op. 22

Das Rosenband, Op. 36 No. 1


Carolyn Sampson (soprano) & Joseph Middleton (piano)

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…

“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.” BBC Music Magazine, Awards Issue 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.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2015

GGramophone Awards 2015

Finalist - Solo Vocal

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JS Bach: Magnificat & Christmas Cantata

JS Bach: Magnificat & Christmas Cantata


Bach, J S:

Cantata BWV63 'Christen, aetzet diesen Tag'

Magnificat in E flat major, BWV243a


Philippe Herreweghe and Collegium Vocale Gent, revisit the festival of Christmas as it was celebrated in Leipzig under the direction of Bach himself. A highlight of the programme is the original version of the celebrated 'Magnificat' with four extra movements . . .

“The soloists excel; the music-making is robust yet yielding - Happy Christmas indeed!” BBC Music Magazine, Awards Issue 2015 *****

“BWV 63 is surely the most celebratory of Bach’s Christmas cantatas, and I love the way Herreweghe embraces this, revelling in the ebullience and producing something that pulses with life. Much of the comes from the performances of the choir, so rounded, mellow and homogenous that it sounds as though this music was made for them.” MusicWeb International, May 2015

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Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 14 & 21

Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 14 & 21


Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 14 in E flat major, K449

Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K467 'Elvira Madigan'

Ch'io mi scordi di te?... Non temer, amato bene, K505

with Carolyn Sampson (soprano)


Ronald Brautigam (fortepiano)

Die Kolner Akadamie, Michael Alexander Willens

“[This issue] proves every bit as immediate and lively in musical approach as its predecessors. Brautigam, bearing out his reputation as a musical and intellectual powerhouse, animates every note and phrase marking…even to people who think they know these much-recorded concertos backwards, my guess is that these readings will sound fresh and full of adventure.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2015 ****

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JS Bach: Easter & Ascension Oratorios

JS Bach: Easter & Ascension Oratorios


Bach, J S:

Easter Oratorio BWV249

Ascension Oratorio 'Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen', BWV11


This, the second release of the highly anticipated Retrospect Ensemble series, features the Easter Oratorio, one of Bach’s best-known oratorios and a monumental work, as well as the Ascension Oratorio.

Originally released in 2011 ‘J.S. Bach: Easter and Ascension Oratorios’ has been re-issued as part of Linn’s ECHO series which offers a second chance to enjoy the best of the label’s award-winning catalogue.

Retrospect Ensemble employs large-scale forces for this recording including four-part choir and orchestra (including timpani), and is joined by Carolyn Sampson (soprano), Iestyn Davies (countertenor), James Gilchrist (tenor) and Peter Harvey (bass).

This dynamic recording highlights the skill and brilliance of Bach's writing through the inspired story telling of its star soloists and the passion of the Ensemble.

Named a Finalist in the ‘Baroque Vocal’ category at the 2011 Gramophone Awards, the recording received many five star reviews in addition to being named The Sunday Times’ ‘Classical Record of the Week’.

Founded by Matthew Halls, Retrospect Ensemble takes its musicians and audiences on an exciting journey, exploring the repertoire of four centuries and embracing the practices, styles and aesthetics of former ages with renewed vigour and a fresh approach.

Retrospect has appeared at major UK festivals including the Edinburgh International Festival and Norfolk and Norwich Festival and performed at Wigmore Hall and Cadogan Hall, London.

Matthew Halls has established himself as one of today’s leading young conductors. A former Artistic Director of The King’s Consort, he has conducted in prominent venues throughout the UK and Europe.

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Mozart: Requiem & Vesperae solennes de confessore

Mozart: Requiem & Vesperae solennes de confessore


Mozart:

Requiem in D minor, K626

Vesperae solennes de confessore in C, K339


Carolyn Sampson, Marianne Beate Kielland, Makato Sakurada, Christian Immler

Bach Collegium Japan, Masaki Suzuki

A new performing edition by Masato Suzuki, based on the autograph by Mozart and taking account of earlier completions by Eybler and Sussmayr. He has composed a new “Amen Fugue” to close the “Sequentia”, based on the sketch discovered in Berlin in 1960.

“The performance is notable for its super-clean orchestral edges and refinement.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2015 ****

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