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A Verlaine Songbook

Carolyn Sampson, Joseph Middleton

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Fêtes galantes, Book 1, L. 80  
1
No. 1. En sourdine
Claude Debussy; Carolyn Sampson; Joseph Middleton
2:58
2
No. 2. Fantoches
Claude Debussy; Carolyn Sampson; Joseph Middleton
1:20
3
No. 3. Clair de lune
Claude Debussy; Carolyn Sampson; Joseph Middleton
2:42
4
Cythère
Poldowski; Carolyn Sampson; Joseph Middleton
0:51
5
En sourdine
Poldowski; Carolyn Sampson; Joseph Middleton
2:44
6
Colombine
Poldowski; Carolyn Sampson; Joseph Middleton
1:53
7
L'heure exquise
Poldowski; Carolyn Sampson; Joseph Middleton
2:53
8
Mandoline
Poldowski; Carolyn Sampson; Joseph Middleton
1:34
9
Sur l'herbe
Maurice Ravel; Carolyn Sampson; Joseph Middleton
2:07
10 Mélodies, Op. 83  
10
Clair de lune, Op. 83, No. 1
Josef Szulc; Carolyn Sampson; Joseph Middleton
3:08
11
Le ciel est, par-dessus le toit
Déodat de Séverac; Carolyn Sampson; Joseph Middleton
3:28
La bonne chanson, Op. 61  
12
No. 1. Une Sainte en son auréole
Gabriel Fauré; Carolyn Sampson; Joseph Middleton
2:08
13
No. 2. Puisque l'aube grandit
Gabriel Fauré; Carolyn Sampson; Joseph Middleton
1:49
14
No. 3. La lune blanche luit dans les bois
Gabriel Fauré; Carolyn Sampson; Joseph Middleton
2:09
15
No. 4. J'allais des chemins perfides
Gabriel Fauré; Carolyn Sampson; Joseph Middleton
1:39
16
No. 5. J'ai presque peur, en vérité
Gabriel Fauré; Carolyn Sampson; Joseph Middleton
2:14
17
No. 6. Avant que tu ne t'en ailles
Gabriel Fauré; Carolyn Sampson; Joseph Middleton
2:26
18
No. 7. Donc, ce sera par un clair jour d'été
Gabriel Fauré; Carolyn Sampson; Joseph Middleton
2:22
19
No. 8. N'est-ce pas?
Gabriel Fauré; Carolyn Sampson; Joseph Middleton
2:05
20
No. 9. L'hiver a cessé
Gabriel Fauré; Carolyn Sampson; Joseph Middleton
2:43
4 Mélodies, Op. 13  
21
No. 1. Apaisement
Ernest Chausson; Carolyn Sampson; Joseph Middleton
2:43
22
Le vent dans la plaine
Camille Saint-Saëns; Carolyn Sampson; Joseph Middleton
1:21
7 Chansons grises  
23
No. 2. Tous deux
Reynaldo Hahn; Carolyn Sampson; Joseph Middleton
1:42
24
No. 5. L'heure exquise
Reynaldo Hahn; Carolyn Sampson; Joseph Middleton
2:39
2 Songs, Op. 46  
25
No. 2. Clair de lune
Gabriel Fauré; Carolyn Sampson; Joseph Middleton
2:45
26
Colloque sentimental
Charles Bordes; Carolyn Sampson; Joseph Middleton
4:24
Ariettes oubliées, L. 60  
27
No. 1. C'est l'extase
Claude Debussy; Carolyn Sampson; Joseph Middleton
2:42
28
No. 2. Il pleure dans mon cœur
Claude Debussy; Carolyn Sampson; Joseph Middleton
2:26
29
No. 3. L'ombre des arbres
Claude Debussy; Carolyn Sampson; Joseph Middleton
2:25
30
No. 4. Chevaux de bois
Claude Debussy; Carolyn Sampson; Joseph Middleton
3:12
31
No. 5. Green
Claude Debussy; Carolyn Sampson; Joseph Middleton
2:14
32
No. 6. Spleen
Claude Debussy; Carolyn Sampson; Joseph Middleton
2:10
33
Paysages tristes
Déodat de Séverac; Carolyn Sampson; Joseph Middleton
1:45
Total Playing Time    77:41
“Sampson adores these songs, caressing the text with her beautiful, pure soprano, particularly those that dwell on the correlation between nature and the emotions. Her partnership with Middleton is inspired, his intelligence always evident.”
- The Guardian

“The discovery of the disc are the songs by ‘Poldowski’ – a pseudonym for Régine Wieniawski…her songs prove nothing short of fabulous: warm, energetic and melodic, with a deep-set richness of harmonic language. Sampson’s pure, shining tone matches the finesse of this repertoire and her lower range sometimes has the softness and subtle qualities of a deep flute… Middleton provides a bright cushion of support throughout.”
- BBC Music Magazine

“[Sampson is] in excellent voice, her tone clear and silvery, her upper registers exquisite: Chausson’s ‘Apasiement’ sends shivers down your spine with its floated high pianissimos and suggestive portamentos…Middleton’s playing is marvellously fresh throughout, the thin dividing line between wit and melancholy superbly negotiated.”
- Gramophone

“A garland of roses to everyone concerned.”
- MusicWeb International

Comprising settings of the work of symbolist poet Paul Verlaine, this unexpected collection of songs by some of the most famous composers of fin de siècle France, including Debussy, Fauré, and Ravel, is sumptuously performed by soprano Carolyn Sampson and pianist Joseph Middleton.
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