Charles Ives: Songs, Vol. 2

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
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: 7/29/2008
  • Label: Naxos American
  • UPC: 636943927021
  • Catalog Number: 8559270
  • Sales rank: 152,004

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 December, song for voice & piano, S. 234 (K. 6B49b) - Charles Ives & Janna Baty (1:10)
  2. 2 Disclosure, song for voice & piano, S. 235 (K. 6B67b) - Charles Ives & Charles Ives (1:16)
  3. 3 Down East, song for voice & piano, S. 236 (K. 6B60b) - Charles Ives & Charles Ives (3:12)
  4. 4 Dreams, song for voice & piano, S. 238 (K. 6B25b) - Charles Ives & Baronese Porteous (4:02)
  5. 5 Du alte Mutter (My dear old mother), song for voice & piano, S. 239 (K. 6B36b) - Charles Ives & Aasmund Olavsson Vinje (2:26)
  6. 6 Du bist wie eine Blume, song for voice & piano, S. 240 (K. 6B25c) - Heinrich Heine & Charles Ives (1:50)
  7. 7 Élégie, for voice & piano, S. 242 (K. 6B38b) - Charles Ives & Louis Gallet (4:55)
  8. 8 The Ending Year, for voice & piano, S. 243 (K. 6B40d) - Charles Ives & Douglas Dickson (3:01)
  9. 9 Evening, song for voice & piano, S. 244 (K. 6B69a) - Charles Ives & John Milton (2:03)
  10. 10 Evidence, song for voice & piano, S. 245 (K. 6B46a) - Charles Ives & Charles Ives (1:47)
  11. 11 Weil' auf mir (Eyes so dark), song for voice & piano, S. 387 (K. 6B39b) - Charles Ives & Nikolaus Lenau (2:07)
  12. 12 Far from my heav'nly home, song for voice & piano, S. 246 (K. 6B11) - Charles Ives & Tamara Mumford (4:27)
  13. 13 Far in the wood, song for voice & piano, S. 247 (K. 6B20b) - Charles Ives & Eric Trudel (1:44)
  14. 14 A Farewell to Land, song for voice & piano, S. 248 (K. 6B46) - Lord Byron & Charles Ives (1:53)
  15. 15 La Fede, song for voice & piano, S. 249 (K. 6B61) - Charles Ives & J.J. Penna (0:54)
  16. 16 Feldeinsamkeit (In Summer Fields), song for voice & piano, S. 250 (K. 6B27) (2 versions) - Charles Ives & Hermann Allmers (2:55)
  17. 17 Flag Song, song for voice & piano, S. 251 (K. 6B31) - Henry S. Durand & Charles Ives (2:23)
  18. 18 Forward into Light, song for voice & piano (derived from S. 143), S. 252 - Charles Ives & Henry Alford (3:59)
  19. 19 Friendship, song for voice & piano, S. 253 (K. 6B15) - Charles Ives & Eric Trudel (3:21)
  20. 20 Frühlingslied, song for voice & piano, S. 254 (K. 6B25) - Heinrich Heine & Charles Ives (2:06)
  21. 21 General William Booth Enters into Heaven, song for voice & piano, S. 255 (K. 6B50) - Charles Ives & Vachel Lindsay (5:39)
  22. 22 God Bless and Keep Thee, song for voice & piano, S. 256 (K. 6B25a) - Charles Ives & David Pittsinger (2:28)
  23. 23 Grace, song for voice & piano, S. 257 (K. 6B33) - Charles Ives & Douglas Dickson (1:37)
  24. 24 Grantchester, song for voice & piano, S. 258 (K. 6B61c) - Charles Ives & Rupert Brooke (3:13)
  25. 25 The Greatest Man, for voice & piano, S. 259 (K. 6B69) - Anne Collins & Charles Ives (1:23)
  26. 26 Gruss, song for voice & piano, S. 260 (K. 6B22b) - Heinrich Heine & Charles Ives (1:30)
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