Will Liverman & Jonathan King – Whither Must I Wander (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

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Will Liverman & Jonathan King – Whither Must I Wander (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 50:21 minutes | 427 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Odradek Records

Whither Must I Wander, baritone Will Liverman’s debut recorded song recital, works on various levels. It is a collection of songs about wandering, a common enough theme in Romantic song for many decades. The program begins with Ralph Vaughan Williams’ early Songs of Travel, on texts by Robert Louis Stevenson, and one of these gives the album its name. Liverman and pianist Jonathan King continue with the Three Salt-Water Ballads of James Frederick Keel, a much less well known representative of the pastoral school, and King David (1919) of Vaughan Williams’ acolyte, Herbert Howells. So far, it is a fairly typical British song recital, but then the program takes a left turn into other kinds of journeys, perhaps more metaphysical. Liverman offers two traditional American songs, one harmonized by Aaron Copland and the other set anew by contemporary composer Steven Mark Kohn. The proceedings close with two German songs, one a fine setting by Nikolai Medtner of Goethe’s Wandrers Nachtlied II, and the other, Mondnacht, from Schumann’s Liederkreis, Op. 39. The effect is a deepening of the mood throughout, achieved in a wholly unexpected way. Liverman has a background in the gospel music of African American Pentecostal churches. This tradition is not heard directly in Liverman’s singing, and the sole hymn, At the River (generally known as Shall We Gather at the River?), is not of African American origin. Yet the black tradition seems to be a component of the music in some indefinable way. An impressive release from the Odradek label, and one that inspires a desire to hear Liverman in core lieder repertory.

Tracklist:
01. Will Liverman – Songs of Travel, IRV 77: I. The Vagabond (03:08)
02. Will Liverman – Songs of Travel, IRV 77: II. Let Beauty Awake (01:52)
03. Will Liverman – Songs of Travel, IRV 77: III. Roadside Fire (02:13)
04. Will Liverman – Songs of Travel, IRV 77: IV. Youth and Love (03:44)
05. Will Liverman – Songs of Travel, IRV 77: V. In Dreams (02:37)
06. Will Liverman – Songs of Travel, IRV 77: VI. The Infinite Shining Heavens (02:32)
07. Will Liverman – Songs of Travel, IRV 77: VII. Whither Must I Wander (03:56)
08. Will Liverman – Songs of Travel, IRV 77: VIII. Bright is the Ring of Words (01:53)
09. Will Liverman – Songs of Travel, IRV 77: IX. I Have Trod the Upward and the Downward Slope (02:21)
10. Will Liverman – Three Salt-Water Ballads : I. Port of Many Ships (02:09)
11. Will Liverman – Three Salt-Water Ballads : II. Trade Winds (02:17)
12. Will Liverman – Three Salt-Water Ballads : III. Mother Carey (01:43)
13. Will Liverman – King David (04:55)
14. Will Liverman – At the River (04:03)
15. Will Liverman – Ten Thousand Miles Away (Arr. Steven Mark Kohn) (04:18)
16. Will Liverman – Wanderer’s Night Song (02:41)
17. Will Liverman – Liederkreis, Op. 39, No. 5: Mondnacht (03:50)

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