Carolyn Sampson releases new recital disc with Joseph Middleton: ‘Reason in Madness’

26 April 2019

Carolyn Sampson releases ‘Reason in Madness’, her new recital disc from BIS with pianist Joseph Middleton, which focuses on some of literature’s heroines whose mental state has been unbalanced by sadness or tragedy, exploring responses from composers including Brahms, Schumann, Richard Strauss, Chausson, Saint-Saëns and Poulenc. As their motto they have chosen an aphorism by Nietzsche: ‘There is always some madness in love, but there is also always some reason in madness’.

Further recent additions to Carolyn’s discography include Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem with The Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century and Daniel Reuss for Glossa, Bernstein Symphony No. 3 ‘Kaddish’ with Tonkunstler Orchestra and Yutaka Sado, Handel Ode for St Cecilia’s Day with John Butt and The Dunedin Consort for Linn Records, and Bach Cantatas of Contentment for BIS Records with Bach Collegium Japan and Masaaki Suzuki. For forthcoming release she has also recently recorded Mahler Symphony No.4 with the Minnesota Orchestra and Osmo Vänskä, and Bach St Matthew Passion with Bach Collegium Japan and Masaaki Suzuki.

On the concert platform this season she performs Haydn The Creation with Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Bach Christmas Oratorio with Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons, Handel Messiah with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Mendelssohn Elijah with Göteborgs Symfoniker and Masaaki Suzuki, Barber Knoxville and Mahler Symphony No.4 with Antwerp Symphony Orchestra and Edo de Wart, and Mozart Concert Arias and Mass in C minor with Internationale Stiftung Mozarteum Salzburg Festival and Andrew Manze.

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