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HR 040

Tell Me The Truth About Love

The Classical Shop
release date: February 2013

Originally recorded in 2011

Artists:

Joseph Middleton

- (piano)

Amanda Roocroft

- (soprano)

Venue:

Music Room at Champs Hill, West Sussex, England

19-26 Aug 2011

Producer:

Alexander van Ingen



Engineer:

Alexander van Ingen



Record Label
Champs Hill

Genre:

Vocal & Song


Piano

Total Time - 75:49
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BENJAMIN BRITTEN

  Overture: the eternal question  
1 

Tell me the truth about love

5:25
   
  ACT ONE  
  Saturday Morning - love at first sight  
 

SCHUMANN

2 

Seit ich ihn gesehen

2:37
 

BOULANGER

3 

Vous m'avez regardé avec toute votre âme

1:42
 

WOLF

4 

O wär dein Haus

1:36
 

CHAUSSON

5 

Le charme

1:39
 

QUILTER

6 

Love's philosophy

1:27
   
  ACT TWO  
  Saturday Afternoon - an encounter  
 

LOEWE

7 

Ich kann's nicht fassen, nicht glauben

1:11
 

BRAHMS

8 

Wir wandelten

3:05
 

IRELAND

9 

The trellis

3:18
 

POLDOWSKI

10 

En sourdine

2:41
   
  Saturday Evening - Liebestod  
 

STRAUSS

11 

Nachtgang

2:51
 

DUNHILL

12 

The cloths of heaven

2:19
 

MONPOU

13 

Dammunt de tu només les flors

4:10
 

RACHMANINOV

14 

Midsummer nights

1:53
   
  ACT THREE  
  Sunday Morning - The morning after the night before  
 

BRIDGE

15 

Adoration

2:54
 

GRIEG

16 

Jeg elsker Dig

1:38
   
 

WOLF

17 

Geh', Geliebter, geh' jetzt!

3:52
 

MARX

18 

Und gestern hat et mir Rosen gebracht

1:53
   
  ACT FOUR  
  Sunday Afternoon - Deception and betrayal  
 

BRAHMS

19 

Am Sonntag Morgen

1:11
20 

Du sprichst, daß ich mich täuschte

2:54
 

SCHUBERT

21 

Du liebst mich nicht

3:35
 

DEBUSSY

22 

La chevelure

3:27
 

FAURE

23 

Fleur jetée

1:31
 

SCHOENBERG

24 

Warnung

2:04
 

BARBER

25 

Rain has fallen

2:23
 

COPLAND

26 

Heart, we will forget him

2:04
 

WEILL

27 

Je ne t'aime pas

4:34
 

HAHN

28 

Infidélité

2:44
   
  POSTLUDE  
 

ARR. BRITTEN

29 

Early one morning

3:11
   


Some say love’s a little boy,
And some say it’s a bird,
Some say it makes the world go around,
Some say that’s absurd...
W.H. Auden
 
 
Charting the course of a love affair – in song – through the eyes of a young woman who begins by asking the universal question, Tell me the truth about love presents a programme of 19th and 20th century song.
 The album takes its title from Benjamin Britten’s 1938 seductive setting of W.H. Auden’s amusing poem and tries to pin down and define the most elusive of human emotions.
The story takes us from love at first sight with Schumann’s Seit ich ihn gesehen, breathless with wonder and fervent reverance and Chausson’s Le charme which describes the quiver of excitement and the tender veneration the girl feels when the boy’s smile catches her unawares to Loewe’s Ich kann’s nicht fassen, nicht gluben to describe the lovers first encounter.
 As the love story unfolds and the couple become closer, it is illustrated with music such as Strauss’s Nachtgang, Rachmaninov’s Midsummer nights and Bridge’s Adoration. However the magic is soon broken and Sunday brings deception and betrayal. The girl finds out that the young man does not love her and she bitterly awakes from her dream. The feeling of love lost is brought to life through Brahm’s Am Sonntag Morgen, Schubert’s Du liebst mich nicht and Kurt Weill’s Je ne t’aime pas.
 As a postlude, Britten’s arrangement of Early one morning perfectly sums up the story of the young girl and the final message of ‘how could you use a poor maiden so?’ lingers in the ear.
 Amanda Roocroft has secured an international reputation as one of Britain’s most exciting singers, in opera, concert and recital and Joseph Middleton enjoys a busy and varied career as a chamber musician and song accompanist.
 

                                Performance ****       Recording ****

"... Joseph Middleton is everywhere a sensitive and imaginative accompanist to Amanda Roocroft, whose intimate, emotionally versatile singing is always engaging ..."

Hilary Finch - BBC Music magazine - September 2013


 "... an imaginative recital of art songs. Most of the usual suspects are here but there is also a welcome thread of rarities from composers such as Boulanger, Marx and Dunhill ..."

Ricahrd Fairman - Gramophone magazine - June 2013


 “There is much to enjoy… well worth hearing”    *****

 
Alexander Bryce - The Scotsman



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