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Reason in Madness - Carolyn Sampson (soprano); Joseph Middleton (piano)
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  1. Sie trugen ihn auf der Bahre bloss, song for voice & piano, WoO posth. 22/4 (Ophelia Songs)
  2. Herzeleid ("Die Weiden lassen matt die Zweige hangen"), song for voice & piano, Op. 107/1
  3. Songs (3) for voice & piano (after Shakespeare's "Hamlet;" "Ophelia Lieder"), Op. 67/1-3 (TrV 238/1-3)
  4. Hymne à Astarté, for voice & piano, Op. 39/1
  5. Chansons de Bilitis (3), song cycle for voice & piano, L. 97 (90)
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  1. Sie trugen ihn auf der Bahre bloss, song for voice & piano, WoO posth. 22/4 (Ophelia Songs)
  2. Herzeleid ("Die Weiden lassen matt die Zweige hangen"), song for voice & piano, Op. 107/1
  3. Songs (3) for voice & piano (after Shakespeare's "Hamlet;" "Ophelia Lieder"), Op. 67/1-3 (TrV 238/1-3)
  4. Hymne à Astarté, for voice & piano, Op. 39/1
  5. Chansons de Bilitis (3), song cycle for voice & piano, L. 97 (90)
  6. Épitaphe de Bilitis, for voice & piano, Op. 39/5
  7. Romance de Mignon ("Le connais-tu, ce radieux pays"), song for voice & piano, Op. 2/3
  8. Mignon ("Kennst du das Land"), song for voice & piano (Goethe Lieder)
  9. Mignon I ("Heiß mich nicht reden"), song for voice & piano (Goethe Lieder)
  10. Mignon II ("Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt"), song for voice & piano (Goethe Lieder)
  11. Mignon III ("So lasst mich scheinen"), song for voice & piano (Goethe Lieder)
  12. Gretchen am Spinnrade ("Meine Ruh'..."), song for voice & piano, D. 118 (Op. 2)
  13. Mädchenlied ("Auf die Nacht in der Spinnstub'n..."), song for voice & piano, Op. 107/5
  14. Die Spinnerin ("Auf dem Dorf in den Spinnstuben"), song for voice & piano, Op. 107/4
  15. La Mort d'Ophélie, song for voice & piano
  16. Chansons (4) de Shakespeare, for voice & piano, Op. 28: Chanson d'Ophélie
  17. Songs (5) of Ophelia, for voice & piano, WoO posth. 22
  18. Au pays où se fait la guerre, song for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  19. La dame de Monte Carlo, monologue lyrique for soprano & orchestra, FP 180
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The madwoman is a staple of opera, but not so much of art song. The program here is tricky from the start because the intimate nature of the song genre forecloses many of the typical operatic depictions. The medium-sized, but extremely agile voice of soprano Carolyn Sampson succeeds ideally here, but that's not the end of the delights. This is one of those releases where you might take issue with one interpretation or another (from the perspective of this writer, Wolf is not an ideal match for Sampson's voice), yet you have ...

Reason in Madness 2019, BIS

UPC: 7318599923536

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