Charles Ives: Songs, Vol. 2

Charles Ives: Songs, Vol. 2

     
 

Nobody takes credit in the packaging for the basic idea behind Naxos' complete edition of the songs of Charles Ives: the distribution of the pieces among a large group of mostly young singers. But it's a great way of doing them. With a few exceptions, they are reasonable in their technical demands. They cover an enormous stylistic range, from more or less… See more details below

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Nobody takes credit in the packaging for the basic idea behind Naxos' complete edition of the songs of Charles Ives: the distribution of the pieces among a large group of mostly young singers. But it's a great way of doing them. With a few exceptions, they are reasonable in their technical demands. They cover an enormous stylistic range, from more or less straightforward German Romantic songs to borrowings from many kinds of American vernacular music to Ives' unique musical transcendentalism. This disc, the second in the set, involves no fewer than 14 different singers (several singers get multiple songs) and five accompanists, performing songs dating from 1893, during Ives' youth, to 1921's "Disclosure" and "The Greatest Man," at the very end of his career. The program never feels like a jumble, and in fact the singers have generally been well matched to their material. Sample by way of demonstration track 4, "Dreams," with its theatrical sentimentality effectively delivered by tenor Kenneth Tarver, or the rather mysterious baritone of Robert Gardner in "Down East," track 3. The recordings, though made over several months, were all done in the same venue: Sprague Hall at Yale University, lending further coherence to the whole. The only real objection here is the several pairs of Ives songs in which he set a German poem in German and then again in English -- a phenomenon that's worth a disc of its own -- are broken up among different discs in the series. But that won't be a problem for the many collectors and libraries who will be acquiring the entire set. And those buyers will be quite satisfied with what they're getting, at least, those with good Internet connections will be, for song texts are online only despite the fact that there was room in the booklet for 20 pages of Naxos advertising.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/29/2008
Label:
Naxos American
UPC:
0636943927021
catalogNumber:
8559270
Rank:
222921

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Tracks

  1. December, song for voice & piano, S. 234 (K. 6B49b)  - Charles Ives  - Janna Baty  - Folgore da San Gimigano  - J.J. Penna
  2. Disclosure, song for voice & piano, S. 235 (K. 6B67b)  - Charles Ives  - Charles Ives  - Eric Trudel  - Matthew Plenk
  3. Down East, song for voice & piano, S. 236 (K. 6B60b)  - Charles Ives  - Charles Ives  - Laura Garritson  - Rob Gardner
  4. Dreams, song for voice & piano, S. 238 (K. 6B25b)  - Charles Ives  - Baronese Porteous  - Kenneth Tarver  - Douglas Dickson
  5. Du alte Mutter (My dear old mother), song for voice & piano, S. 239 (K. 6B36b)  - Charles Ives  - Aasmund Olavsson Vinje  - Michael Cavalieri  - Douglas Dickson
  6. Du bist wie eine Blume, song for voice & piano, S. 240 (K. 6B25c)  - Charles Ives  - Heinrich Heine  - Douglas Dickson  - Tamara Mumford
  7. Élégie, for voice & piano, S. 242 (K. 6B38b)  - Charles Ives  - Louis Gallet  - J.J. Penna  - Leah Wool
  8. The Ending Year, for voice & piano, S. 243 (K. 6B40d)  - Charles Ives  - Douglas Dickson  - Sara Jakubiak
  9. Evening, song for voice & piano, S. 244 (K. 6B69a)  - Charles Ives  - John Milton  - Mary Phillips  - J.J. Penna
  10. Evidence, song for voice & piano, S. 245 (K. 6B46a)  - Charles Ives  - Charles Ives  - Eric Trudel  - Matthew Plenk
  11. Weil' auf mir (Eyes so dark), song for voice & piano, S. 387 (K. 6B39b)  - Charles Ives  - Nikolaus Lenau  - Eric Trudel  - Matthew Plenk  - William Joseph Westbrook
  12. Far from my heav'nly home, song for voice & piano, S. 246 (K. 6B11)  - Charles Ives  - Tamara Mumford  - Frederick Teardo
  13. Far in the wood, song for voice & piano, S. 247 (K. 6B20b)  - Charles Ives  - Eric Trudel  - Lielle Berman
  14. A Farewell to Land, song for voice & piano, S. 248 (K. 6B46)  - Charles Ives  -  Lord Byron  - Eric Trudel  - Leah Wool
  15. La Fede, song for voice & piano, S. 249 (K. 6B61)  - Charles Ives  - J.J. Penna  - Leah Wool  - Ludovico Ariosto
  16. Feldeinsamkeit (In Summer Fields), song for voice & piano, S. 250 (K. 6B27) (2 versions)  - Charles Ives  - Hermann Allmers  - Michael Cavalieri  - Douglas Dickson
  17. Flag Song, song for voice & piano, S. 251 (K. 6B31)  - Charles Ives  - Henry S. Durand  - David Pittsinger  - Eric Trudel
  18. Forward into Light, song for voice & piano (derived from S. 143), S. 252  - Charles Ives  - Henry Alford  - Eric Trudel  - Jennifer Casey Cabot
  19. Friendship, song for voice & piano, S. 253 (K. 6B15)  - Charles Ives  - Eric Trudel  - Matthew Plenk
  20. Frühlingslied, song for voice & piano, S. 254 (K. 6B25)  - Charles Ives  - Heinrich Heine  - Heather Buck  - Eric Trudel
  21. General William Booth Enters into Heaven, song for voice & piano, S. 255 (K. 6B50)  - Charles Ives  - Vachel Lindsay  - David Pittsinger  - Douglas Dickson
  22. God Bless and Keep Thee, song for voice & piano, S. 256 (K. 6B25a)  - Charles Ives  - David Pittsinger  - Douglas Dickson
  23. Grace, song for voice & piano, S. 257 (K. 6B33)  - Charles Ives  - Douglas Dickson  - Tamara Mumford
  24. Grantchester, song for voice & piano, S. 258 (K. 6B61c)  - Charles Ives  - Rupert Brooke  - Michael Cavalieri  - Douglas Dickson
  25. The Greatest Man, for voice & piano, S. 259 (K. 6B69)  - Charles Ives  - Anne Collins  - Michael Cavalieri  - Douglas Dickson
  26. Gruss, song for voice & piano, S. 260 (K. 6B22b)  - Charles Ives  - Heinrich Heine  - Eric Trudel  - Sumi Kittelberger

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