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Carolyn Sampson & Joseph Middleton

Reason in Madness

Monday 22 May 7.30pm

St Peter Mancroft

Carolyn Sampson looks wistfully off camera in a opulent room
Carolyn Sampson

© Marco Borgreve

Carolyn Sampson soprano
Joseph Middleton piano

Schuman Herzlied
Brahms Ophelia Lieder
Strauss Drei Lieder der Ophelia
Wolf Mignon Lieder
Duparc Romance de Mignon
Faure Melisande’s Song
Debussy Trois chansons de Bilitis
Saint-Saens La mort d’Ophelie
Chausson Chanson d’Ophelie
Duparc Au pays ou se fait la guerre
Poulenc La dame de Monte-Carlo

The idea of madness has a strange allure. It has fascinated composers for centuries, with Shakespeare’s hypnotic portrayal of the ill-fated Ophelia providing no shortage of inspiration for a rich array of art songs. World-renowned soprano Carolyn Sampson is joined by pianist Joseph Middleton for an exploration of madness in music – from the unsettling beauty of Strauss’ ethereal Ophelia Lieder to the sumptuous hedonism of Debussy’s Chanson de Bilitis. The hell-bent self-destruction of Poulenc’s La dame de Monte-Carlo brings the recital to its irreversible conclusion.

Performance runs: c. 1 hr 40 mins

Visit Carolyn Sampson's website here

Visit Joseph Middleton's website here

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