Sampson, Carolyn (soprano) - Victorious Love - Purcell, Henry

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'What I love about Carolyn Sampson’s approach to Purcell is its refreshingly unreverential approach. She treats these songs as working dramatic texts rather than, as is sometimes the case, sacred relics. So we get love in many forms, from the passionate to the bawdy – each time depicted with realism, humanity and warmth. Oh, and beautifully sung, as one has come to expect from this soprano.'

Two song anthologies published shortly after the death of Henry Purcell in 1695 have inspired this highly varied programme. Quoting the liner notes by lutenist Elizabeth Kenny, ‘recital programmes put together from the anthologies by the original purchasers would have mixed the genres without inhibition. Generally people sang what they liked and played what they liked, in any order they liked.’ It was this free-and-easy approach which incited soprano Carolyn Sampson and her co-performers to combine settings with accompaniments ranging from a single lute or spinet to string quartet with continuo. In Kenny’s words: ‘Seen from modern historically-informed or “authentic” perspectives a not-quite-familiar Purcell emerges, a composer of Gebrauchsmusik, flexibly scored and flexibly interpretable: virtuosic if the performers wish, innocently affecting if not.’ Including some of Purcell’s most well-loved songs as well as lesser-known gems, this collection has as its motto a line from the opening song Sweeter than roses: ‘What magic has victorious love’. As one of today’s most magic – not to say victorious – singers, whether on the opera stage or in the concert hall, Carolyn Sampson’s previous appearances on BIS have earned her high praise, for instance in American Record Guide (‘Her tone is extraordinarily beautiful: natural, warm and unforced, with almost superhuman vocal athleticism’) and from the reviewer in French magazine Classica-Répertoire, who described her performance of Bach’s Jauchzet Gott (on BIS-SACD-1471) in the following, glowing terms: ‘Carolyn Sampson interprets it in a voice which is quite light and angelic, but always present, and with a remarkable vocal ease and an infallible musicality.’ On this her first solo recital disc for BIS she is supported by some of the finest musicians in the field, including Anne-Marie Lasla (bass viol), Elizabeth Kenny (lute) and Laurence Cummings (harpsichord).
Carolyn Sampson, soprano
Laurence Cummings, harpsichord & spinet
Elizabeth Kenny, archlute & theorbo
Anne-Marie Lasla, bass viol
Sarah Sexton, violin I
Andrea Morris, violin II
Jane Rogers, viola

Henry Purcell
Sweeter than roses
The fatal hour
When first Amintas sued for a kiss
The Plaint
They tell us that you mighty powers above
Man is for the woman made
From silent shades
Music for a while
Now the night is chas’d away
If music be the food of love
Thrice happy lovers (An Epithalamium)
The bashful Thames
I attempt from Love’s sickness to fly in vain
Oh! fair Cedaria
Fairest isle
O solitude
If love’s a sweet passion
The Blessed Virgin’s Expostulation
An Evening Hymn
Artikelnummer BISSACD1536
Streckkod 7318599915364
Utgivningsdatum 2007-09-10
Kategori Vokalt / Klassiskt
Skivbolag BIS
Enhet SACD
Antal enheter 1
Artister Sampson, Carolyn (soprano)
Kompositörer Purcell, Henry
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