A Soprano's Schubertiade

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1 Suleika I, Op. 14 No. 1, D. 720 Was bedeutet die Bewegung 05:21 96/24 Album only
2 Suleika II, Op. 31, D. 717 Ach um deine feuchten Schwingen 04:17 96/24 Album only
3 Rosamunde, D. 797: No. 3b. Der Vollmond strahlt auf Bergeshohn Romanze 03:13 96/24 Album only
4 Blondel zu Marien, D. 626 03:37 96/24 Album only
5 Gesange aus Wilhelm Meister, Op. 62, D. 877: No. 2, Lied der Mignon Heiss mich nicht reden 03:36 96/24 Album only
6 Gesange aus Wilhelm Meister, Op. 62, D. 877: No. 4, Lied der Mignon Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt 03:01 96/24 Album only
7 Gesange aus Wilhelm Meister, Op. 62, D. 877: No. 3, Lied der Mignon So la?t mich scheinen 03:31 96/24 Album only
8 Mignon, D. 321 Kennst du das Land? 04:14 96/24 Album only
9 Gretchen am Spinnrade, Op. 2, D. 118 03:38 96/24 Album only
10 Gretchen im Zwinger, D. 564 Gretchens Bitte (Completed by B. Britten) 06:47 96/24 Album only
11 Der Konig in Thule, Op. 5 No. 5, D. 367 03:31 96/24 Album only
12 Viola, Op. 123, D. 786 13:15 96/24 Album only
13 Ellens Gesang I, Op. 52 No. 1, D. 837 Raste, Krieger 08:15 96/24 Album only
14 Ellens Gesang II, Op. 52 No. 2, D. 838 Jager, ruhe von der Jagd! 03:13 96/24 Album only
15 Ellens Gesang III, Op. 52 No. 6, D. 839 Ave Maria - Hymne an die Jungfrau 06:08 96/24 Album only

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Schubert’s empathy with women is evident in his body of songs, which include songs to, by, about and for women. Devised by Carolyn Sampson and Joseph Middleton, the present recital brings us each of those possibilities and more. The playwright Helmina von Chézy wrote the text to the tender Romanze, intending it for the play Rosamunde, Princess of Cyprus to which Schubert composed incidental music. Another female author, Marianne von Willemer, wrote the two Suleika poems for Goethe, who included them (under his own name) in the collection West-östlicher Divan. And no less than seven of the other songs on the album are also associated with Goethe, and his characters Mignon (from Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre) and Gretchen (from Faust). Schubert was for a while almost obsessed with the mysterious and waif-like Mignon, making several settings of the poems associated with her. Less of an enigma but equally moving, Schubert’s Gretchen sings of awakening desire (Gretchen am Spinnrade) and laments her coming disgrace (Gretchens Bitte). Carolyn Sampson and Joseph Middleton have collaborated on several acclaimed projects for BIS, most recently with the counter-tenor Iestyn Davies as their companion. Here they close their Soprano’s Schubertiade with three settings of poems by Walter Scott, albeit in German translations. The three ‘Ellen Songs’ are from the verse-romance The Lady of the Lake from 1810, with the last one, ‘Schubert’s Ave Maria’, being one of the composer’s best-known and most loved compositions.