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: 258,447

Tracks

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