Carolyn Sampson, Joseph Middleton – Album für die Frau (2021)
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For the first four years of their marriage, Robert and Clara Schumann kept a joint diary, a project which Robert described as “a record of our wishes and our hopes, and the means whereby we may convey to one another any requests we may have to make, for which words may not suffice…”. In the imaginative recital “Album für die Frau”, Carolyn Sampson and Joseph Middleton combine songs by both composers into something similar – the depiction of a relationship seen through the eyes of both parties.

Using the eight songs from Robert’s song cycle Frauenliebe und –leben to poems by Adalbert von Chamisso as the framework, they add songs as well as some piano solos in order to create a fuller and more complex picture. The result seems to suggest that the experiences of our “Frau” are richer than Chamisso and Robert Schumann imagined: while love, marriage and motherhood dominated much of Clara Schumann’s life, Robert’s death in 1856 signaled the start of a four-decade widowhood during which she resumed her stellar career as a pianist.

As a team, Carolyn Sampson and Joseph Middleton have released a number of acclaimed discs, including “Fleurs”, featuring flower-themed songs by composers from Purcell to Richard Strauss and Britten, “A Verlaine Songbook”, exploring settings of the poetry of Paul Verlaine, and “A Soprano’s Schubertiade”, a Schubert anthology.

Tracklist:

01. Joseph Middleton – Album für die Jugend, Op. 68 (Excerpts): No. 21, Langsam und mit Ausdruck zu spielen
02. Carolyn Sampson & Joseph Middleton – Lieder, Op. 12 (Excerpts): No. 4, Liebst du um Schönheit
03. Carolyn Sampson & Joseph Middleton – Frauenliebe und Leben, Op. 42: No. 1, Seit ich ihn gesehen
04. Carolyn Sampson & Joseph Middleton – 6 Lieder, Op. 23 (Excerpts): No. 6, O Lust, o Lust
05. Carolyn Sampson & Joseph Middleton – Lieder und Gesänge, Vol. 2, Op. 51 (Excerpts): No. 2, Volksliedchen
06. Carolyn Sampson & Joseph Middleton – 6 Lieder, Op. 13 (Excerpts): No. 3, Die Liebe sass als Nachtigall
07. Carolyn Sampson & Joseph Middleton – Frauenliebe und Leben, Op. 42: No. 2, Er, der Herrlichste von allen
08. Carolyn Sampson & Joseph Middleton – 6 Lieder, Op. 23 (Excerpts): No. 2, An einem lichten Morgen
09. Carolyn Sampson & Joseph Middleton – Lieder, Op. 12 (Excerpts): No. 11, Warum willst du and’re fragen [After R. Schumann’s Op. 37 No. 11]
10. Carolyn Sampson & Joseph Middleton – Lieder und Gesänge, Vol. 2, Op. 51 (Excerpts): No. 5, Liebeslied
11. Carolyn Sampson & Joseph Middleton – Frauenliebe und Leben, Op. 42: No. 3, Ich kann’s nicht fassen
12. Carolyn Sampson & Joseph Middleton – 5 Lieder, Op. 40: No. 5, Verratene Liebe
13. Carolyn Sampson & Joseph Middleton – 6 Lieder, Op. 13 (Excerpts): No. 6, Die stille Lotosblume
14. Carolyn Sampson & Joseph Middleton – Frauenliebe und Leben, Op. 42: No. 4, Du Ring an meinem Finger
15. Carolyn Sampson & Joseph Middleton – 6 Lieder, Op. 13 (Excerpts): No. 4, Der Mond kommt still gegangen
16. Carolyn Sampson & Joseph Middleton – Myrthen, Op. 25 (Excerpts): No. 11, Lied der Braut I “Mutter Mutter”
17. Carolyn Sampson & Joseph Middleton – Myrthen, Op. 25 (Excerpts): No. 12, Lied der Braut II “Lass mich ihm am Busen hangen”
18. Joseph Middleton – Kinderszenen, Op. 15 (Excerpts): No. 5, Glückes genug
19. Carolyn Sampson & Joseph Middleton – Frauenliebe und Leben, Op. 42: No. 5, Helft mir, ihr Schwestern
20. Carolyn Sampson & Joseph Middleton – Myrthen, Op. 25 (Excerpts): No. 7, Die Lotosblume
21. Carolyn Sampson & Joseph Middleton – 12 Gedichte, Op. 35: No. 1, Lust der Sturmnacht
22. Carolyn Sampson & Joseph Middleton – Frauenliebe und Leben, Op. 42: No. 6, Süßer Freund, du blickest
23. Carolyn Sampson & Joseph Middleton – Myrthen, Op. 25 (Excerpts): No. 14, Hochländisches Wiegenlied
24. Carolyn Sampson & Joseph Middleton – Liederalbum für die Jugend, Op. 79: No. 13, Der Sandmann
25. Joseph Middleton – Kinderszenen, Op. 15 (Excerpts): No. 12, Kind im Einschlummern
26. Carolyn Sampson & Joseph Middleton – Frauenliebe und Leben, Op. 42: No. 7, An meinem Herzen
27. Joseph Middleton – Kinderszenen, Op. 15 (Excerpts): No. 9, Ritter vom Steckenpferd
28. Carolyn Sampson & Joseph Middleton – 5 Lieder und Gesänge, Op. 127: No. 2, Dein Angesicht
29. Carolyn Sampson & Joseph Middleton – 4 Gesänge, Op. 142: No. 3, Mädchen-Schwermut
30. Carolyn Sampson & Joseph Middleton – Frauenliebe und Leben, Op. 42: No. 8, Nun hast du mir den ersten Schmerz getan
31. Carolyn Sampson & Joseph Middleton – 6 Gedichte von N. Lenau und Requiem, Op. 90: No. 7, Requiem
32. Joseph Middleton – Album für die Jugend, Op. 68 (Excerpts): No. 38a, Winterzeit I

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