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I wonder as I wander

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Catalogue numberBIS-2475 SACD
Release date2020-12-04
Discs1
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time75:26

When deciding on the repertoire for his début disc, James Newby’s first choice fell on An die ferne Geliebte, songs that he had been performing ever since the beginning of his career. But Beethoven’s song cycle – and perhaps even more so the quasi-operatic Adelaide – also sets a tone for the entire disc, that of longing and of wanting to be elsewhere, near the distant beloved. These are emotions that Schubert, perhaps more than any other composer, has plumbed in depth, and Newby went on to select five of his songs that in various ways depict the restlessness and loneliness of the eternal wanderer.

Mahler is another composer who knew something about longing – for instance that it can be deadly, which he demonstrated with his Zu Straßburg auf der Schanz, in which a soldier awaits execution after trying to desert to his homeland while the piano imitates the muffled rolling of drums. The military theme continues in the high-strung Revelge, as a young soldier marches towards his death, thinking about his sweetheart with ever-greater desperation. The final song by Mahler, Urlicht, expresses the anguish and pain of earthly life, and the longing for Heaven and, in effect, death. Framing this programme with five folk song arrangements by Benjamin Britten, James Newby and Joseph Middleton, his partner at the piano, explore Man’s never-ending search (geographical or psychological) for that distant object of desire: who, what or wherever it may be.
 
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Extra material for download
 
 
  Composer: Britten, Benjamin
01 I wonder as I wander (arr. B. Britten) 04:31 $ 1.08 USD
 
02 There’s none to soothe, from Folk Song Arrangements, Vol.
3
01:54 $ 0.46 USD
 
 
  Composer: Schubert, Franz
03 Der Wanderer, D 489 05:42 $ 1.37 USD
 
04 Der Wanderer, D 649 03:04 $ 0.74 USD
 
05 Auf der Donau, D 553 03:11 $ 0.76 USD
 
06 Im Freien, D 880 05:38 $ 1.35 USD
 
07 Abendstern, D 806 02:57 $ 0.71 USD
 
 
  Composer: Beethoven, Ludwig van
08 Adelaide, Op. 46 05:25 $ 1.30 USD
 
09 Maigesang, Op. 52 No. 4 02:10 $ 0.52 USD
 
  An die ferne Geliebte, Op. 98 13:31
10 1. Auf dem Hügel sitz ich spähend 02:35 $ 0.62 USD
11 2. Wo die Berge so blau 01:33 $ 0.37 USD
12 3. Leichte Segler in den Höhen 01:31 $ 0.36 USD
13 4. Diese Wolken in den Höhen 00:57 $ 0.23 USD
14 5. Es kehret der Maien, es blühet die Au 02:33 $ 0.61 USD
15 6. Nimm sie hin denn, diese Lieder 04:22 $ 1.05 USD
 
 
  Composer: Mahler, Gustav
16 Zu Straßburg auf der Schanz’ 04:26 $ 1.06 USD
 
17 Revelge 06:51 $ 1.64 USD
 
18 Urlicht 05:22 $ 1.29 USD
 
 
  Composer: Britten, Benjamin
  from Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 4 10:35
19 At the mid hour of night (Molly, my Dear), arr. B. Britten 02:45 $ 0.66 USD
20 The last rose of summer (Groves of blarney), arr. B. Britten 04:23 $ 1.05 USD
21 Sail on, sail on (The humming of the ban), arr. B. Britten 03:27 $ 0.83 USD
 
  Album total 75:26
BaritoneNewby, James
PianoMiddleton, Joseph
ComposerBeethoven, Ludwig van
Britten, Benjamin
Mahler, Gustav
Schubert, Franz
ArrangerNiles, John Jacob
LyricistAnonymous
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
Jeitteles, Alois Isidor
Matthisson, Friedrich von
Mayrhofer, Johann Baptist
Moore, Thomas
Schlegel, Friedrich von
Schmidt, Georg Philipp
Seidl, Johann Gabriel
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