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The Contrast: English Poetry in Song

Carolyn Sampson, Joseph Middleton

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A Song for the Lord Mayor's Table (Version for Soprano & Piano)  
1.1
No. 1, The Lord Mayor's Table
William Walton; Carolyn Sampson; Joseph Middleton
3:14
1.2
No. 2, Glide Gently
William Walton; Carolyn Sampson; Joseph Middleton
2:43
1.3
No. 3, Wapping Old Stairs
William Walton; Carolyn Sampson; Joseph Middleton
2:20
1.4
No. 4, Holy Thursday
William Walton; Carolyn Sampson; Joseph Middleton
3:07
1.5
No. 5, The Contrast
William Walton; Carolyn Sampson; Joseph Middleton
2:45
1.6
No. 6, Rhyme
William Walton; Carolyn Sampson; Joseph Middleton
1:52
3 Songs from Shakespeare  
1.7
No. 3, Orpheus with His Lute
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Carolyn Sampson; Joseph Middleton
2:59
1.8
The Sky Above the Roof
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Carolyn Sampson; Joseph Middleton
2:39
The House of Life  
1.9
No. 2, Silent Noon
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Carolyn Sampson; Joseph Middleton
4:03
1.10
Go Not, Happy Day, H. 34
Frank Bridge; Carolyn Sampson; Joseph Middleton
1:18
1.11
When Most I Wink, H. 5
Frank Bridge; Carolyn Sampson; Joseph Middleton
2:41
1.12
Adoration, H. 57
Frank Bridge; Carolyn Sampson; Joseph Middleton
2:50
1.13
Come to Me in My Dreams, H. 71
Frank Bridge; Carolyn Sampson; Joseph Middleton
3:38
1.14
When You Are Old, H. 142
Frank Bridge; Carolyn Sampson; Joseph Middleton
3:54
1.15
Mantle of Blue, H. 131
Frank Bridge; Carolyn Sampson; Joseph Middleton
2:12
1.16
Love Went a-Riding, H. 114
Frank Bridge; Carolyn Sampson; Joseph Middleton
1:41
5 Larkin Songs  
1.17
No. 1, Who Called Love Conquering
Huw Watkins; Carolyn Sampson; Joseph Middleton
2:45
1.18
No. 2, Wants
Huw Watkins; Carolyn Sampson; Joseph Middleton
1:37
1.19
No. 3, Love Songs in Age
Huw Watkins; Carolyn Sampson; Joseph Middleton
3:26
1.20
No. 4, Money
Huw Watkins; Carolyn Sampson; Joseph Middleton
1:47
1.21
No. 5, Dawn
Huw Watkins; Carolyn Sampson; Joseph Middleton
2:33
1.22
Dream Valley, Op. 20 No. 1
Roger Quilter; Carolyn Sampson; Joseph Middleton
2:14
7 Elizabethan Lyrics, Op. 12 (Excerpts)  
1.23
No. 7, Fair House of Joy
Roger Quilter; Carolyn Sampson; Joseph Middleton
1:46
1.24
No. 6, By a Fountainside
Roger Quilter; Carolyn Sampson; Joseph Middleton
2:56
1.25
Arab Love Song, Op. 25 No. 4
Roger Quilter; Carolyn Sampson; Joseph Middleton
1:17
1.26
Autumn Evening, Op. 14 No. 1
Roger Quilter; Carolyn Sampson; Joseph Middleton
1:34
1.27
No. 2, My Life's Delight
Roger Quilter; Carolyn Sampson; Joseph Middleton
2:55
3 Songs to Poems (After "Façade")  
1.28
No. 1, Daphne
William Walton; Carolyn Sampson; Joseph Middleton
3:58
1.29
No. 2, Through Gilded Trellises
William Walton; Carolyn Sampson; Joseph Middleton
3:58
1.30
No. 3, Old Sir Faulk
William Walton; Carolyn Sampson; Joseph Middleton
1:57
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    78:39
Song composition has been a constant in British music since the lute and consort works of the early seventeenth century. By 1900, it had developed into a sophisticated genre embraced by almost all serious composers. The music on this amply-filled disc illustrates the diversity of British song-writing and its transformation over a century: from Vaughan Williams’s Orpheus and his Lute (ca 1901) to Huw Watkins’s Five Larkin Songs, composed in 2010 for Carolyn Sampson, who performs them here. Together with Joseph Middleton, her partner on several acclaimed recital discs, she has devised a highly contrasting programme bookended by two groups of songs by William Walton – A Song for the Lord Mayor's Table from 1962, celebrating the diversity of London, and three songs from Façade, the ‘entertainment’ with which the young composer gained both fame and notoriety in 1923. These frame settings by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Roger Quilter and Frank Bridge of poetry by writers from Shakespeare and Shelley to Keats and Yeats. In comparison, the anti-romantic poems by Philip Larkin have been described as marked by ‘a very English, glum accuracy’. Huw Watkins (b. 1976) has selected texts from across Larkin’s output, catching the various moods – ranging from a certain unsentimental nostalgia to the poet’s seemingly habitual pessimism – in settings that often carry a bittersweet sting in the tail.
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