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Release Date: Friday 29 September 2017
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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'.
Gramophone Award Nomination 2018 - Solo Vocal
"The art of vocal duetting is exemplified at its best in this recital by two of today's finest British singers, working with an accompanist of equal merit…each singer has solo items…Yet the most memorable tracks are inevitably the duets, with Joseph Middleton's striking playing reminding us how essential pianism is to such enterprises." BBC Music Choral & Song Choice Christmas 2017
"Carolyn Sampson and Iestyn Davies make a symbiotic partnership in these assorted duets, their tone (not least their control of vibrato) and style ideally matched. They are compelling interpreters, too, with an infectious sense of shared enjoyment...Here is a captivating, unhackneyed programme, presented by singers - a double act in a thousand - and pianist with a style and allure it would be hard to beat." Gramophone Editor's Choice - November 2017
"Sampson's and Davies's voices blend perfectly, and they sing Britten's realisations of Sound the Trumpet and Lost Is My Quiet stylishly, but the fleeter Mendelssohn numbers are the real delight...Sheer delight." Sunday Times
"Carolyn Sampson's soprano sparkles and Iestyn Davies's countertenor glides through the air in this compilation, individually and in duet. They sing together with an enjoyment of the music's ebb and flow that is clearly shared by their pianist, Joseph Middleton...what's on offer here is beautifully judged, the two voices playing off each other and sharing nuanced expression" Guardian
Henry Purcell, realized by Benjamin Britten: Sound the trumpet; Lost is my quiet; If music be the food of love (third version); Music for a while; No, resistance is but vain; Celemene
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Felix: Ich wollt', meine Lieb' ergösse sich, Op.63 No. 1; Gruß, Op.63 No. 3; Volkslied, Op.63 No. 5; Maiglöckchen und die Blümelein, Op.63 No. 6; Scheidend, Op.9 No. 6; Neue Liebe, Op.19 No. 4; Three Duets, Op.77
Robert Schumann: Three Duets, Op.43; Nachtlied, Op.96 No. 1; Stille Liebe, Op.35 No. 8; Der Einsiedler, Op.83 No. 3; Aufträge, Op.77 No. 5; So wahr die Sonne scheinet, Op.37 No. 12
Roger Quilter: It was a lover and his lass (arr.), Op.23 No. 3; Weep you no more, sad fountains; Music, when soft voices die, Op.25 No. 5; Drink to me only with thine eyes (arr.); Love's philosophy, Op.3 No. 1; Love calls through the summer night