A Song - For Anything: Songs by Charles Ives

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Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
Listening to a cross-section of Charles Ives's songs may bring to mind a poetic proclamation from another great American creator, Walt Whitman: "I am large. I contain multitudes." Ives's vocal music -- the collection published as 114 Songs in 1922, and dozens of other pieces besides -- is remarkable for many reasons, but what is most striking is the sheer variety of styles. The early lieder on German texts, such as "Ich grolle nicht" also set by Schumann and "Feldeinsamkeit" also set by Brahms, lead to the unmistakably American and utterly "Ivesian" spirit of numbers like the miniature "Ann Street" and the almost operatically grand "General William Booth Enters Into ...
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Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
Listening to a cross-section of Charles Ives's songs may bring to mind a poetic proclamation from another great American creator, Walt Whitman: "I am large. I contain multitudes." Ives's vocal music -- the collection published as 114 Songs in 1922, and dozens of other pieces besides -- is remarkable for many reasons, but what is most striking is the sheer variety of styles. The early lieder on German texts, such as "Ich grolle nicht" also set by Schumann and "Feldeinsamkeit" also set by Brahms, lead to the unmistakably American and utterly "Ivesian" spirit of numbers like the miniature "Ann Street" and the almost operatically grand "General William Booth Enters Into Heaven." The latter type weaves popular inspirations -- from patriotic and religious songs, and from the sentimental parlor to brash theatrical performance -- into a unique style familiar from Ives's better-known orchestral works. On Gerald Finley's wonderful recital incredibly, the first solo recital this fine baritone has released, joined by pianist Julius Drake, a frequent partner of Ian Bostridge several songs have explicit connections to the composer's symphonic music. "The Housatonic at Stockbridge," for example, adds a text to the sublime final movement of Three Places in New England. Thanks to the diversity of Ives's musical voices, a well-programmed song selection like this one is both satisfying and surprising: You're never sure what's coming around the bend on the next track. And Finley always finds the perfect tone, whether in a comic romp or a nostalgic ode, making this the best single-disc survey of Ives's songs currently available.
Gramophone - John Steane
If [Finley] is not by this time universally recognized as a singer of the front rank, this should leave no doubt of it.
Time Out New York - Marion Lignana Rosenberg
Finley is superb throughout, with alert support from Julius Drake.

Finley is superb throughout, with alert support from Julius Drake.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/11/2005
  • Label: Hyperion Uk
  • UPC: 034571175164
  • Catalog Number: 67516
  • Sales rank: 241,946

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Feldeinsamkeit (In Summer Fields), song for voice & piano, S. 250 (K. 6B27) (2 versions) - Charles Ives & Hermann Allmers (2:59)
  2. 2 The Things Our Fathers Loved, song for voice & piano, S. 372 (K. 6B58) - Charles Ives & Julius Drake (1:58)
  3. 3 Memories, song for voice & piano, S. 297 (K. 6B26a) - Charles Ives & Julius Drake (2:34)
  4. 4 The Housatonic at Stockbridge, song for voice & piano, S. 266 (K. 6B64d) - Charles Ives & Julius Drake (4:06)
  5. 5 Swimmers, song for voice & piano, S. 366 (K. 6B53) - Charles Ives & Julius Drake (1:40)
  6. 6 The Cage, song for voice & piano, S. 221 (K. 6B42) - Charles Ives & Julius Drake (1:54)
  7. 7 The Greatest Man, for voice & piano, S. 259 (K. 6B69) - Charles Ives & Anne Collins (1:43)
  8. 8 General William Booth Enters into Heaven, song for voice & piano, S. 255 (K. 6B50) - Charles Ives & Julius Drake (6:07)
  9. 9 Remembrance, for voice & piano, S. 332 (K. 6B62a) - Charles Ives & Julius Drake (0:49)
  10. 10 Berceuse, song for voice & piano, S. 220 (K. 6B41d) - Charles Ives & Julius Drake (1:36)
  11. 11 West London, song for voice & piano, S. 388 (K. 6B64) - Matthew Arnold & Charles Ives (3:25)
  12. 12 Tom Sails Away, song for voice & piano, S. 378 (K. 6B59) - Charles Ives & Julius Drake (3:10)
  13. 13 When stars are in the quiet skies, song for voice & piano, S. 389 (K. 6B13) - Charles Ives & Julius Drake (2:59)
  14. 14 Weil' auf mir (Eyes so dark), song for voice & piano, S. 387 (K. 6B39b) - Charles Ives & Julius Drake (1:52)
  15. 15 Ich grolle nicht (I'll not complain), song for voice & piano, S. 271 (K. 6B27a) - Charles Ives & Julius Drake (3:37)
  16. 16 Du alte Mutter (My dear old mother), song for voice & piano, S. 239 (K. 6B36b) - Charles Ives & Julius Drake (2:10)
  17. 17 Where the eagle cannot see, song for voice & piano, S. 390 (K. 6B42b) - Charles Ives & Julius Drake (1:35)
  18. 18 Walking, song for voice & piano, S. 383 (K. 6B40) - Charles Ives & Julius Drake (2:39)
  19. 19 Yellow Leaves, song for voice & piano, S. 399 - Charles Ives & Julius Drake (1:37)
  20. 20 The Side Show, song for voice & piano, S. 348 (K. 6B66) - Charles Ives & Julius Drake (0:33)
  21. 21 Élégie, for voice & piano, S. 242 (K. 6B38b) - Charles Ives & Julius Drake (4:20)
  22. 22 The New River, song for voice & piano, S. 308 (K. 6B49) - Charles Ives & Julius Drake (1:03)
  23. 23 Like a Sick Eagle, song for voice & piano, S. 288 (K. 6B45a) - Charles Ives & Julius Drake (1:36)
  24. 24 Ann Street, song for voice & piano, S. 211 (K. 6B67) - Charles Ives & Julius Drake (1:27)
  25. 25 Slugging a Vampire, song for voice & piano, S. 350 (K. 6B40c) - Charles Ives & Julius Drake (0:28)
  26. 26 Thoreau, song for voice & piano, S. 373 (K. 6B52) - Charles Ives & Julius Drake (2:30)
  27. 27 Serenity, song for voice & piano, S. 347 (K. 6B60d) - Charles Ives & Julius Drake (2:12)
  28. 28 Tolerance, song for voice & piano, S. 377 (K. 6B45e) - Charles Ives & Julius Drake (0:53)
  29. 29 Charlie Rutlage, song for voice & piano, S. 226 (K. 6B61a) - Charles Ives & Julius Drake (3:35)
  30. 30 1, 2, 3, song for voice & piano, S. 321 (K. 6B66a) - Charles Ives & Julius Drake (0:32)
  31. 31 A Song--For Anything, song for voice & piano, S. 355 (K. 6B14) - Charles Ives & Julius Drake (2:34)
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Gerald Finley Primary Artist
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Finest Charles Ives Song Collection Available!

    Charles Ives, that wondrous American iconoclast, wrote 114 songs, songs that vary in content from comedic to nostalgic to patriotic to German lieder (!) to operatic. Here brilliant baritone Gerald Finley and his gifted piano collaborator Julius Drake have selected a fine range of that output in 31 songs that not only demonstrate the spectrum of Ives' creativity, but also give notice that Canadian Gerald Finley may just be the foremost authority on how Ives' songs should be performed. Included in no particular order (except thoughtful programming!) are such very familiar songs as 'General William Booth Enters into Heaven', 'When stars are in the quiet skies', 'Serenity', 'Tolerance', and 'Ann Street' along with the lesser known early German lieder composed in his early formative years. One of the revelations on this elegant recital is 'The Housatonic at Stockbridge' which lends text to the extraordinary last movement of Ives' orchestral 'Three Places in New England'. Finley's diction is impeccable and his baritone voice is pliant throughout his wide range. He conveys the essence of these texts as well as any interpreter ever has. Julius Drake provides exemplary piano accompaniment. This is one of the finest recordings released this year. Highly Recommended. Grady Harp

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