«Lost Is My Quiet»
Maiglöckchen und die Blümelein, Op. 63 No. 6,
Duets (3), Op. 77,
Scheidend, Op. 9 No. 6,
Gruss, Op. 63 No. 3 (Greeting),
Neue Liebe, Op. 19a No. 4,
Volkslied, Op. 63 No. 5,
Ich wollt' meine Lieb' ergösse sich, Op. 63. No. 1 (I would that my love).
Lost is my quiet for ever, Z502,
Oroonoko: Celemene, pray tell me, Z584,
Music for a while, Z583,
If music be the food of love, third version, Z379C,
No, resistance is but vain (from The Maid's Last Prayer or Any Rather Than Fail, Z601),
Oedipus: incidental music, Z583,
Sound the trumpet, beat the drum, Z335.
Drink to me only,
Seven Elizabethan Lyrics, Op. 12,
Music, when soft voices die, Op. 25 No. 5 (Shelley),
Love's Philosophy, Op. 3 No. 1 (Shelley),
Love calls through the summer night,
It was a lover and his lass,
FIVE SHAKESPEARE SONGS Op. 23 (1921),
Weep ye no more, sad fountains.
Stille Liebe, Op. 35 No. 8,
Gedichte (12) von Justinus Kerner Op. 35 (Kerner-lieder),
Aufträge, Op. 77 No. 5,
Zwölf Gedichte aus Liebesfrühling Op. 37,
Nachtlied, Op. 96 No. 1,
Lieder und Gesänge IV, Op. 96,
So wahr die Sonne scheinet, Op. 37, No. 12,
Lieder und Gesänge III, Op. 77,
Drei Gesänge, Op. 83,
Drei Duette Op. 43,
Der Einsiedler, Op. 83 No. 3.
Iestyn Davies (Counter-Tenor), Joseph Middleton (Piano), Carolyn Sampson (Soprano).
Carolyn Sampson and Iestyn Davies have collaborated on many occasions in the field of Baroque opera and oratorio, but on this occasion they venture into a somewhat different territory. In the company of Joseph Middleton, they have been exploring the Lieder for one and two voices of Mendelssohn and Schumann, combining them with songs and duets by Roger Quilter.
And even though the disc actually opens with a set of Purcell songs – repertoire which both singers have previously made their mark in – they are here performed with the piano accompaniments realized by Benjamin Britten, turning them into something quite new and different.
‘Creamy’, ‘luminous’ and ‘supple’ are words that often appear in reviews about both Carolyn Sampson and Iestyn Davies, and in these duets they achieve a
marvellous blend as well as the utmost precision. They are aided in this by Joseph Middleton, described in The Telegraph (UK) as an ‘unfailingly sensitive accompanist’.