"I Wonder as I Wander" - Music of Britten, Schubert, Beethoven and Mahler
James Newby, baritone. Joseph Middleton piano
BIS SACD 2475 TT: 75:26

LINDBERG: The Waves of Wollongong for nine trombones and orchestra (2006 - 2009). Liverpoo Lullabies for trombone, percussion and orchestra. (2015 - 2016). 2017 for orchestra.
Evelyn Glennie percussion. The New Trombone Collective. Christian Lindberg, trombone . conductor
BIS SACD 2418 TT: 72:00

Young British baritone James Newby has thus far had an auspicious career winning many prizes including winner of the 2016 Kathleen Ferrier Award. and the Wigmore Hall / Independent Opera Voice Fellowship, and in 2015 the Richard Tauber Prize (for best interpretation of a Schubert lied. Newby has appeared in a wide range of opera from baroque to modern, to glowing reviews. Here on his first recording for BIS, he offers repertory he has often performed in concert focusing on folk song arrangements by Benjamin Britten as well as lieder of Beethoven, Schubert and Mahler. He is ably accompanied b pianist Joseph Middleton in these recordings made October 2019 in England's Potton Hall, and the BIS recording is excellent Complete texts and translations are provided. This is a fine release in every way, and it is to be hoped that Newby and all other musicians soon will have the opportunity to continue their careers in live concerts.

Amazing Swedish trombonist, conductor and composer Christian Lindberg (b. 1958) has made numerous recordings, many praised on his site. His latest is this disk that contains three major works. 2017 is an orchestral work commissioned by the Royal Flemish Orchestra (now the Antwerp Symphony) composed 2016/2017. It is a 33-minute work in seven sections: The World Upside Down, Lonely Creatures, Fake News, Inner Soul, The Bragget, Reflection and Train from Hell. It reflects the composers testimony about the year 2017, in particular the U.S. election and the environmental decline of the world, and Limdberg's appreciation for journalists throughout the world who fight fake news. We also have The Waves of Wollongong, composed 2006/2009) scored for nine trombones and orchestra. This, commissioned by conductor John Lubbock, has eight brief connected sections. The third work is Liverpool Lullabies composed 2015/2016, is Liverpool Lullabies, a double concerto for trombone and percussionist Evelyn Glennie. It is a set of six "lullabies" suggested by the sights and sound of Liverpool. I found it to be the most interesting work on this disk, with some remarkable often rather comic exchange between the trombone an varied percussion. The recordings were made September 2018 in Antwerp's Elisabethzaal, and the BIS engineering is up to their usual sonic standard. A splendid and unusual issue!

R.E.B. (January 2021)