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Whither Must I Wander

Whither Must I Wander

Genre : Classical
Catalogue: ODRCD389
UPC: 855317003899
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  1. 01 – Ralph Vaughan Williams – Songs Of Travel – The Vagabond
  2. 02 – Ralph Vaughan Williams – Songs Of Travel – II. Let Beauty Awake
  3. 03 – Ralph Vaughan Williams – Songs Of Travel – III. Roadside Fire
  4. 04 – Ralph Vaughan Williams – Songs Of Travel – IV. Youth and Love
  5. 05 – Ralph Vaughan Williams – Songs Of Travel – V. In Dreams
  6. 06 – Ralph Vaughan Williams – Songs Of Travel – VI. The Infinite Shining Heavens
  7. 07 – Ralph Vaughan Williams – Songs Of Travel – VII. Whither Must I Wander
  8. 08 – Ralph Vaughan Williams – Songs Of Travel – VIII. Bright is the Ring of Words
  9. 09 – Ralph Vaughan Williams – Songs Of Travel – IX. I have trod the upward and downward slope
  10. 10 – J. Frederick Keel – Three Salt-Water Ballads – I. Port of Many Ships
  11. 11 – J. Frederick Keel – Three Salt-Water Ballads – II. Trade Winds
  12. 12 – J. Frederick Keel – Three Salt-Water Ballads – III. Mother Carey
  13. 13 – Herbert Howells – King David
  14. 14 – Aaron Copland – At the River
  15. 15 – Steven Mark Kohn – Ten Thousand Miles Away
  16. 16 – Nikolai Karlovich Medtner – Night Song of the Wanderer
  17. 17 – Robert Schumann – Liederkreis Op.39 No.5 Mondnacht

Whither Must I Wander


Will Liverman & Jonathan King

Whither Must I Wander takes its name from one of the Songs of Travel xºby Ralph Vaughan Williams, a song cycle that is at the heart of this release. From the trudging Vagabond to the more playful Roadside Fire and the radiance of Youth and Love, Vaughan Williams explores every bittersweet nuance of journeying.

The album also features the exhilarating vigour of Frederick Keel’s Three Salt-Water Ballads, and the magnificent King David by Herbert Howells. We then travel from England across the Atlantic to hear American songs by Aaron Copland, with one of his Old American Songs, the serene At the River, and by contemporary composer Steve Mark Kohn, whose Ten Thousand Miles Away uses traditional folk song to navigate the emotional strains of missing a loved-one far away.

Liverman and King end their recital with the Goethe-inspired Wanderer’s Night Song by Russian composer Nikolai Medtner, and with the beautiful Mondnacht by Robert Schumann.



Reviews

FOUR STARS
“Liverman’s account of the opening song, ‘The Vagabond’, combines a firm, oaky baritone with a sharp interpretive attitude… admirable poise and clarity of intention… this is by any standards a notable debut recital.”
BBC Music Magazine - Terry Blain / April 2020

“Nothing short of remarkable… For many years, Bryn Terfel’s 1995 rendition with pianist Malcolm Martineau has been the benchmark, but Liverman offers a new perspective, in a superbly balanced and captured recording… The shaping of Liverman’s phrases and clarity of articulation are matched by King here and throughout.”
The Classic Review - Leighton Jones / February 2020

“Liverman shows himself to be an artist of the first order. His performance here eschews melodrama and his interpretations are understated yet powerfully convincing… The pianist, for his part, always rises to the occasion; his playing is full of adventurous handling of harmony and tone. Together with Liverman’s vivid storytelling, this makes for a profoundly dramatic and characterful performance.”
The Whole Note - Rual da Gama / February 2020

“… lovely fluid phrasing… well partnered by King’s expressive piano-playing… Liverman and King make a fine partnership and Liverman clearly establishes himself as a young baritone to watch, with a fine sense of both the music and the poetry in song.”
Planet Hugill - Robert Hugill / February 2020

“… his timbre is rich and attractive and, best of all, his diction is crystal-clear… a very good first outing for this immensely talented baritone. I hope to hear much more of him in the future.”
The Art Music Lounge / December 2019

“Will Liverman is quickly gaining a reputation for his compelling performances…”
Broadway World / December 2019

“The baritone soloist is brilliant throughout this recital. Will Liverman is a rising star in both the world of opera and the concert room… The pianist Jonathan King makes a huge contribution to the success of this CD with his sensitive and sympathetic accompaniments throughout… an outstanding recital.”
MusicWeb International - John France / April 2020

“As for Liverman, his is a very remarkable baritone, with a full and round voice, a wide register and good control of the breath and the dynamics, and without any fear of taking risks in the most intimate moments… His magnificent accompanying pianist is a true companion with whom he should continue to wander the wide world.”
Scherzo - Ana García Urcola / April 2020

01 – Ralph Vaughan Williams – Songs Of Travel – The Vagabond // Whither Must I Wander
  1. 01 – Ralph Vaughan Williams – Songs Of Travel – The Vagabond // Whither Must I Wander
  2. 02 – Ralph Vaughan Williams – Songs Of Travel – II. Let Beauty Awake // Whither Must I Wander
  3. 03 – Ralph Vaughan Williams – Songs Of Travel – III. Roadside Fire // Whither Must I Wander
  4. 04 – Ralph Vaughan Williams – Songs Of Travel – IV. Youth and Love // Whither Must I Wander
  5. 05 – Ralph Vaughan Williams – Songs Of Travel – V. In Dreams // Whither Must I Wander
  6. 06 – Ralph Vaughan Williams – Songs Of Travel – VI. The Infinite Shining Heavens // Whither Must I Wander
  7. 07 – Ralph Vaughan Williams – Songs Of Travel – VII. Whither Must I Wander // Whither Must I Wander
  8. 08 – Ralph Vaughan Williams – Songs Of Travel – VIII. Bright is the Ring of Words // Whither Must I Wander
  9. 09 – Ralph Vaughan Williams – Songs Of Travel – IX. I have trod the upward and downward slope // Whither Must I Wander
  10. 10 – J. Frederick Keel – Three Salt-Water Ballads – I. Port of Many Ships // Whither Must I Wander
  11. 11 – J. Frederick Keel – Three Salt-Water Ballads – II. Trade Winds // Whither Must I Wander
  12. 12 – J. Frederick Keel – Three Salt-Water Ballads – III. Mother Carey // Whither Must I Wander
  13. 13 – Herbert Howells – King David // Whither Must I Wander
  14. 14 – Aaron Copland – At the River // Whither Must I Wander
  15. 15 – Steven Mark Kohn – Ten Thousand Miles Away // Whither Must I Wander
  16. 16 – Nikolai Karlovich Medtner – Night Song of the Wanderer // Whither Must I Wander
  17. 17 – Robert Schumann – Liederkreis Op.39 No.5 Mondnacht // Whither Must I Wander