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Elysium: A Schubert Recital


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Label: BIS

Cat No: BIS2573

Format: Hybrid SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 7th April 2023



The last years of Schubert’s life were clouded by illness, so thoughts of the afterlife cannot have been far from his mind. For their latest recital for BIS, Carolyn Sampson and Joseph Middleton present an all-Schubert recital themed around Elysium, the mythical idea of a blessed and happy eternal future, with texts that explore different states of the afterlife by well-known authors such as Goethe, Rückert and Schiller as well as by lesser-known ones.

Opening with a hymn to the divine in nature, this recital in turn evokes distant realms, blissful eternity and dream-filled sleep, before concluding with a farewell to the earth; from the passion and doubt of Die junge Nonne (The Young Nun) to the beautiful and touching Du bist die Ruh (You are peace). Carolyn Sampson and Joseph Middleton have released several acclaimed discs for BIS, including Album für die Frau, a collection of songs by Clara and Robert Schumann and A Soprano’s Schubertiade, a Schubert anthology, named ‘Recording of the Month’ by MusicWeb International and ‘CD-Tipp’ by BR Klassik.


Carolyn Sampson and Joseph Middleton are recording so much these days that it’s hard to find a new vocal disc without one, the other or both. ‘Elysium: A Schubert Recital’ showcases them in core repertoire in a programme themed around songs concerning the afterlife. Authority and intelligence are evident in song choices, sequencing and performance in this somewhat soft-spoken disc that’s surely among their best. ... Sampson is at her best in the nocturnal ‘Nacht und Träume’, with a masterly balance of word articulation and legato line. Few singers so effectively build the tension of a song with a slow expansion of tone, especially in the sublime ‘Du bist die Ruh’. It seems that the more she records, the better she gets.  David Patrick Stearns
Gramophone June 2023
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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