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Wayfaring Stranger: Folksongs

Andreas Scholl Audio CD
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“Andreas Scholl has the world’s most cultured counter-tenor voice. And during his three Handel arias some 6,000 people scarcely dared breathe.”
Richard Morrison in the Times (2005, reviewing the “Last Night of the Proms”)
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  • Performer: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Edin Karamazov
  • Audio CD (24 Mar 2011)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B00005OC0C
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,819 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Traditional: I am a poor wayfaring strangerStacey Shames 4:470.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Traditional: The Salley GardensStacey Shames 3:590.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Traditional: My Love Is Like A Red, Red RoseStacey Shames 3:520.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Traditional: Wild Mountain ThymeStacey Shames 4:230.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Traditional: Henry MartinOrpheus Chamber Orchestra 3:370.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Traditional: Charming Beauty brightOrpheus Chamber Orchestra 4:190.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Traditional: I will give my Love an AppleOrpheus Chamber Orchestra 2:370.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Traditional: She moved through the fairStacey Shames 6:030.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Traditional: Blow the Wind SoutherlyStacey Shames 1:410.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Traditional: The wife of Usher's WellStacey Shames 5:590.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Traditional: I loved a LassStacey Shames 3:390.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Traditional: Pretty SaroStacey Shames 2:040.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Traditional: Down in yon ForestStacey Shames 3:150.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Traditional: Barbara AllenOrpheus Chamber Orchestra 5:250.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Traditional: The wraggle taggle gypsies, o!Stacey Shames 2:450.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Traditional: Annie LaurieStacey Shames 3:220.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Traditional: Black is the ColourStacey Shames 3:140.79  Buy MP3 

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The German countertenor Andreas Scholl takes risks on his latest CD, Wayfaring Stranger, and not all of them pay off. It is a recording of 17 English-language folk songs, some of them very well known, such as "Down by the Salley Gardens" and "My Love Is Like a Red Red Rose". This is not usually a repertory tackled by classically trained singers who can sound prissy, but Scholl's clear, plaintive alto with its rich low notes and gentle top range is quite a plausible vehicle. "Wild Mountain Thyme" evokes real sadness while "Barbara Allen" aches with unhappy love. A surprise awaits in the ballad "Henry Martin" as Scholl uses his rough, nondescript baritone to identify the hero. It is rather a jolt. At least it is good to know his voice has actually broken. In this song, too feminine endings in the lyric fall clumsily on stressed beats. Scholl does nothing to counter the infelicity--English, of course, is not his mother tongue. In the beautiful title track that opens the disc, he sings endearingly of a "why-farring straincher". The accompaniments for various combinations of chamber orchestra, lute, dulcimer and harp tend to be slushy, sentimental and over-fussy. The bass uncomfortably parallels the tune in "Salley Gardens" and would have won a big red line through it in old-fashioned harmony classes. Still, on the whole this is a worthwhile disc. Scholl clearly loves the songs which he sings with great tenderness and deserves credit for his courage even where the experiment fails. --Rick Jones

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thing of beauty is a joy forever 29 July 2003
Format:Audio CD
Bold words, this title, and we're fully aware of it. Though countertenor Andreas Scholl is better-known for his acclaimed rendering of pure classic (and, hence, does take risks at singing some classics in the British folk repertoire), his achievement on this cd remains largely flawless. To be true, other reviewers have dotted i's and crossed t's about Scholl's pronunciation, but to me, they just add a little spice to the traditional school in British singing. The selection of songs has been most carefully made and will not cease to strike you by its difference to the renderings you have so far been used to. The cd-box and musical notes are a gem.
My personal favourites are Wayfaring Stranger and the sublimely moving Salley Gardens. Will easily capture your ears and imagaination.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars flawless 31 Oct 2005
Format:Audio CD
as a singer myself, other singers rarely have me on the edge of my seat; but having heard andreas scholl at the proms, i had to buy some of his CDs immediately to experience more of the same.
this recording raises the hairs on one's neck with the purity & warmth of the vocal instrument; the meticulous and yet unmannered phrasing and the deceptive simplicity of delivery.
the pronounciation - well, yes. it's certainly idiosyncratic; but to me it's all part of the charm of this performance.
andreas scholl (for me) has more control and colour than any other counter tenor that i've ever heard. i would recommend to anyone and everyone.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hauntingly beautiful 6 Nov 2001
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Format:Audio CD
I had never heard of 'countertenors' until 2 weeks ago. It was a wonderful discovery - this is a beautiful type of voice. Andreas Scholl is magnicent; his voice sounds almost medieval and pure, and the tunes he sings here are at once familiar and delightful, and intriguingly different. The songs are well-loved folk songs arranged in a sympathetic way. Scholl has a clear mastery over what he is doing and the result is deeply satifying and moving. The accompanying musicians likewise are just wonderful. It all seems so ethereal and... right. I'm a convert and recommend this to people who like classy, intelligent music. My parents are getting copies for Christmas as are friends my age (28) - I am convinced they will all be won over the beauty of it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a hauntingly beautiful album of great charm 10 Jun 2002
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Listening to this CD is one of the most relaxing hours you could ever spend. Scholl sings with incredible purity and clarity - and it sounds so effortless. There is a haunting quality to his vocals that is both astonishing and utterly beautiful.It is clear that he cares passionately about all the songs on the album, and unlike so many classical performers you can hear every single word; it is a credit to his immense talent that you have to keep reminding yourself that English is not his mother tongue. This is an album I shall definitely listen to again and again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful haunting album 22 Feb 2014
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Andreas scholl really excels here and his pure alto copes with this selection of folk songs beautifully. Not a bad track on the album, which is magical in atmosphere and quality of sound. Highly recommended and a good place to start if you are trying out the male countertenor voice for the first time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sophisticated beauty 16 Mar 2013
Format:MP3 Download
This singing is new to me, having heard Andreas on the radio - this cd is beautiful sophistication. Just love it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant couter-tenor 15 Dec 2012
Format:Audio CD
I've only come across Andreas Scholl recently, but the quality of his voice is superb, and this recording does him full justice. He's one of the best counter tenors in the world. I would recommend this disc to any lover of the classically-trained solo voice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating 23 Feb 2012
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This CD is worth buying for the track "Annie Laurie" alone. This is the song which introduced me to Andreas Scholl for the first time - I was entranced, completely blown away. His voice has such a lovely tone, such clarity and power, and he sings with sincerity and feeling. The effect is captivating. Other tracks I would pick out as being particularly beautiful are "I will give my love an apple" and "She moved through the fair". I went on to buy other CDs by Scholl and I can honestly say I have never enjoyed music more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's like hearing them properly for the first time
Time to weigh in to the debate over this CD, which seems to have polarised opinion, and I'm casting my vote at the 5* end of the spectrum. Read more
Published on 7 Jun 2010 by T. Mason
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Effort
In this collection Scholl delivers great English tunes with a pure flawless tone.
The orchestration is lush but still a real treat. Read more
Published on 13 April 2010 by Graffhamboy
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime
I've had this CD for years now, and I see there are people who seem to hate it and others who love it. Read more
Published on 7 Jan 2009 by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Lovely voice - shame about the background music
His voice is incredible, his delivery immaculate, but the backing music on this cd is intrusive. cheesy and Disneyesque. Read more
Published on 6 July 2008 by Florence
5.0 out of 5 stars Fromage
Cheese. Utter, utter, UTTER cheese.

Oh - but SUCH cheese!!! Buy it, just to hear him try and sing baritone and alto alternately.
Published on 23 July 2006 by J. Hutchings
2.0 out of 5 stars A well intentioned mistake?
While folk music has provided a great deal of valuable inspiration for classical composers this album shows the dangers encountered when a classical singer tries to cross over and... Read more
Published on 15 Oct 2005 by PNL
1.0 out of 5 stars What a Shame
Andreas Scholl has made reasonable recordings of English folk songs in the past (though he's not a patch on Alfred Deller in this repetoire). But this is horrible. Read more
Published on 19 Dec 2002 by Peter Piper
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