Lost Is My Quiet
Carolyn Sampson (soprano), Iestyn Davies (countertenor), Joseph Middleton (piano)
Duets and solo songs by Purcell/Britten, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Roger Quilter. Carolyn Sampson, Iestyn Davies, Joseph Middleton
BIS 2279 @ £14.25*
Gramophone Editor’s Choice, December 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.”
“Sampson’s and Davies’s voices blend perfectly, and they sing Britten’s realizations’ of Sound the Trumpet and Lost Is My Quiet stylishly…sheer delight.” The 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.” The Guardian
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.