I Wonder As I Wander / Newby, Middleton

Release Date: 1/1/2021
Label: BIS
Catalog Number: BIS-2475
Number of Discs: 1
Length: 72 Minutes

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
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 explore Man’s never-ending search (geographical or psychological) for that distant object of desire: who, what or wherever it may be.
Works on This Recording
1. Tom Bowling and Other Song Arrangements: No. 6. I wonder as I wander by Benjamin Britten
Performer: James Newby (Baritone), Joseph Middleton (Piano)
Written: 1941 ;
2. Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 3, "British Isles": No. 2. There's none to soothe by Benjamin Britten
Performer: James Newby (Baritone), Joseph Middleton (Piano)
Written: 1946 ;
3. Der Wanderer, D. 489 by Franz Schubert
Performer: James Newby (Baritone), Joseph Middleton (Piano)
Written: 1816 ;
4. Der Wanderer, Op. 65, No. 2, D. 649 by Franz Schubert
Performer: James Newby (Baritone), Joseph Middleton (Piano)
Written: 1819 ;
5. Auf der Donau, Op. 21, No. 1, D. 553 by Franz Schubert
Performer: James Newby (Baritone), Joseph Middleton (Piano)
Written: 1817 ;
6. Im Freien, D. 880 by Franz Schubert
Performer: James Newby (Baritone), Joseph Middleton (Piano)
Written: 1826 ;
7. Abendstern (Evening Star), D. 806 by Franz Schubert
Performer: Joseph Middleton (Piano), James Newby (Baritone)
Written: 1824 ;
8. Adelaide, Op. 46 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Joseph Middleton (Piano), James Newby (Baritone)
Period: Classical
Written: 1794-1795 ; Vienna, Austria
9. 8 Songs, Op. 52: No. 4. Maigesang by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Joseph Middleton (Piano), James Newby (Baritone)
Written: 1796 ;
10. No. 1. Auf dem Hügel sitz' ich, spähend by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Joseph Middleton (Piano), James Newby (Baritone)
Period: Classical
Written: 1815-1816 ; Vienna, Austria
11. No. 2. Wo die Berge so blau by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: James Newby (Baritone), Joseph Middleton (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1815-1816 ; Vienna, Austria
12. No. 3. Leichte Segler in den Höhen by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: James Newby (Baritone), Joseph Middleton (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1815-1816 ; Vienna, Austria
13. No. 4. Diese Wolken in den Höhen by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: James Newby (Baritone), Joseph Middleton (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1815-1816 ; Vienna, Austria
14. No. 5. Es kehret der Maien by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Joseph Middleton (Piano), James Newby (Baritone)
Period: Classical
Written: 1815-1816 ; Vienna, Austria
15. No. 6. Nimm sie hin denn diese Lieder by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: James Newby (Baritone), Joseph Middleton (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1815-1816 ; Vienna, Austria
16. Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit, Book 3: No. 1. Zu Straßburg auf der Schanz' by Gustav Mahler
Performer: James Newby (Baritone), Joseph Middleton (Piano)
Written: 1890 ;
17. No. 13. Revelge by Gustav Mahler
Performer: Joseph Middleton (Piano), James Newby (Baritone)
Written: 1899 ;
18. No. 12. Urlicht by Gustav Mahler
Performer: James Newby (Baritone), Joseph Middleton (Piano)
Written: 1899 ;
19. No. 5. At the mid hour of night by Benjamin Britten
Performer: Joseph Middleton (Piano), James Newby (Baritone)
Written: 1957 ;
20. No. 9. The Last Rose of Summer by Benjamin Britten
Performer: James Newby (Baritone), Joseph Middleton (Piano)
Written: 1957 ;
21. No. 2. Sail on, sail on by Benjamin Britten
Performer: James Newby (Baritone), Joseph Middleton (Piano)
Written: 1957 ;
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