Lost Is My Quiet

Lost Is My Quiet

by Iestyn Davies

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Overview

The idea of a countertenor in songs by Mendelssohn and Schumann may seem odd, and even unrecognizable to the composers themselves. But first of all, check your prejudices: countertenor Iestyn Davies is fully idiomatic in the Purcell songs (as filtered through Britten), and only slightly less so in the neo-Elizabethan tunes of Roger Quilter, so one might just as easily complain about similar programs where a female contralto was used. Second, Davies neatly avoids the issues that have plagued the few countertenors who have ventured into music of the 19th century. He doesn't force his voice into places it doesn't want to go, instead relying mostly on the gentle, foghorn-like quality it has in its large sweet spot, and thus setting its timbre off from that of soprano Carolyn Sampson. You might say that, except for the solo pieces, Davies puts Sampson at center stage, but this would ignore the intelligence of his performance. Sampson, at any rate, has never sounded better. Getting your attention with an added octave ornament in Purcell's "Sound the Trumpet" (sample this unless you don't want to spoil the surprise), she plows through the program in fine style, as comfortable in the German repertory as in English. Creamy-voiced, humorous, and possessed by now of a good deal of interpretive depth, she has emerged as one of the major stars on the English vocal scene, specializing in but not restricted to Baroque repertory. With accompanist Joseph Middleton beautifully attuned to what's happening here, this is a delightful and offbeat vocal recital.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/06/2017
Label: Bis
UPC: 7318599922799
catalogNumber: 2279
Rank: 121686

Tracks

  1. Love calls through the summer night, for 2 voices & piano (from Love at the Inn)
  2. Love's Philosophy, for voice & piano, Op. 3/1
  3. Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes, for voice & piano
  4. Music, When Soft Voices die for voice & piano, Op. 25/5
  5. Weep you no more, for 2 female voices & piano
  6. It was a lover and his lass, for voice & piano, Op. 23/3
  7. So wahr die Sonne scheinet, duet for soprano, tenor (baritone) & piano, Op. 37/12
  8. Aufträge ("Nicht so schnelle, nicht so schnelle!"), song for voice & piano, Op. 77/5
  9. Der Einseidler ("Komm, Trost der Welt, du stille Nacht!"), song for voice & piano, Op. 83/3
  10. Stille Liebe ("Könnt' ich dich in Liedern preisen"), song for voice & piano, Op. 35/8
  11. Nachtlied ("Über allen Gipfeln ist Ruh"), song for voice & piano, Op. 96/1
  12. Zweistimmige Lieder (3) for 2 voices & piano, Op. 43
  13. Songs (3) for 2 voices & piano, Op. 77
  14. Neue Liebe ("In dem Mondenschein"), song for voice & piano, Op. 19a/4
  15. Scheidend, song for voice & piano, Op. 9/6
  16. Maiglöckchen und die Blümelein ("Maiglöckchen läufet in dem Thal"), song for 2 voices & piano, Op. 63/6
  17. Volkslied ("O säh' ich auf der Heide dort im"), song for 2 voices & piano, Op. 63/5
  18. Gruß ("Wohin ich geh'"), song for 2 voices & piano, Op. 63/3
  19. Ich wollt', meine Lieb', song for 2 voices & piano, Op. 63/1
  20. Celemene, pray tell me (from "Oroonoko"), song, Z. 584/1
  21. No, resistance is but vain (from "Maid's Last Prayer"), song, Z. 601/2
  22. Music for a While (from "Oedipus"), song, Z. 583/2
  23. If music be the food of love, song, Z. 379 (3 settings)
  24. Lost is my quiet forever, song, Z. 502
  25. Sound the trumpet, beat the drum (Welcome Ode for James II), for 2 altos, tenors, basses, chorus, strings & continuo, Z. 335

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