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I wonder as I wander

Composer Ludwig van Beethoven
Benjamin Britten
Gustav Mahler
Franz Schubert
Performer Joseph Middleton
James Newby
Period Romantic
Catalogue Number BIS-2475 SACD
EAN 7318599924755
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Dec 2020
Total time 75'26

Songs by Beethoven, Schubert, Mahler and Britten
When deciding on the repertoire for his début album, 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 album: 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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  Benjamin Britten
01 I wonder as I wander (arr. B. Britten) 4'24
02 There’s none to soothe, from Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 3 1'47
  Franz Schubert
03 Der Wanderer, D 489 5'35
04 Der Wanderer, D 649 2'58
05 Auf der Donau, D 553 3'04
06 Im Freien, D 880 5'30
07 Abendstern, D 806 2'45
  Ludwig van Beethoven
08 Adelaide, Op. 46 5'18
09 Maigesang, Op. 52 No. 4 2'03
  An die ferne Geliebte, Op. 98 13'21
10 1. Auf dem Hügel sitz ich spähend 2'34
11 2. Wo die Berge so blau 1'33
12 3. Leichte Segler in den Höhen 1'32
13 4. Diese Wolken in den Höhen 0'57
14 5. Es kehret der Maien, es blühet die Au 2'33
15 6. Nimm sie hin denn, diese Lieder 4'12
  Gustav Mahler
16 Zu Straßburg auf der Schanz’ 4'22
17 Revelge 6'41
18 Urlicht 5'15
  Benjamin Britten
  from Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 4 9'50
19 At the mid hour of night (Molly, my Dear), arr. B. Britten 2'39
20 The last rose of summer (Groves of blarney), arr. B. Britten 4'16
21 Sail on, sail on (The humming of the ban), arr. B. Britten 2'55
  Album total 75'26
BaritoneNewby, James
PianoMiddleton, Joseph
ComposerBeethoven, Ludwig van
Britten, Benjamin
Mahler, Gustav
Schubert, Franz
ArrangerNiles, John Jacob
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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