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I wonder as I wander

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possibly an Appalacian carol

The widely known and hauntingly beautiful I wonder as I wander may or may not be an authentic Appalachian folk carol. It was claimed as such by the collector John Jacob Niles, but some have harboured the suspicion that it is in fact all his own work. Rutter hangs on its spare lines an arrangement which combines simplicity and a quiet intensity.

from notes by Andrew Green © 2001

D’une beauté lancinante, I wonder as I wander pourrait être un authentique carol du folklore appalachien tout comme il pourrait ne pas l’être. John Jacob Niles prétendit l’avoir collecté mais d’autres ont soulevé quelques doutes pensant que cette mélodie aurait pu être de son cru. Rutter dévoile dans son arrangement des lignes épurées qui associent simplicité et une intensité tranquille.

extrait des notes rédigées par Andrew Green © 2001

Das weithin bekannte, ergreifend schöne I wonder as I wander mag ein echtes amerikanisches Folk-Carol aus den Appalachen sein oder auch nicht. Die Behauptung, es sei eines, stammt von dem Sammler John Jacob Niles, aber manch einer hat den Verdacht geäußert, daß es in Wahrheit seine eigene Schöpfung ist. Rutter schmückt die karge Melodielinie mit einem Arrangement, das Schlichtheit und stille Eindringlichkeit verbindet.

aus dem Begleittext von Andrew Green © 2001


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Track 6 on CDA67245 [3'15]
Track 5 on COLCD133 [3'43] Download only
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Track-specific metadata for COLCD133 track 5

Recording date
1 April 2008
Recording venue
Cadogan Hall, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Simon Eadon
Recording engineer
Will Brown & Andrew Mellor
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  1. Rutter: A Christmas Festival (COLCD133)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: October 2008
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