Charles Ives: Three Quarter-Tone Pieces; Five Take-offs; Hallowe'en; Sunrise

Charles Ives: Three Quarter-Tone Pieces; Five Take-offs; Hallowe'en; Sunrise

by Continuum
     
 

Charles Ives: Piano, Chamber & Vocal Works is Naxos American Classics' reissue of a stimulating and magnificently well-played album originally appearing on the Musical Heritage Society label, recorded in 1986 and 1987. Joel Sachs and Cheryl Seltzer are pianists who play as a duo, and separately, withinSee more details below

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Charles Ives: Piano, Chamber & Vocal Works is Naxos American Classics' reissue of a stimulating and magnificently well-played album originally appearing on the Musical Heritage Society label, recorded in 1986 and 1987. Joel Sachs and Cheryl Seltzer are pianists who play as a duo, and separately, within the Continuum ensemble. In the selection of six Ives songs presented here they make an intelligent choice: that four hands (or at least three) are better than two when it comes to some of Ives' blackest piano music, whether scored on two staves or not. "The Housatonic at Stockbridge" is one of Ives' loveliest songs, and it is nice to hear it performed without the singer having to hang onto a note or phrase to allow the accompanist to finish rolling out a big chord that has more notes than most pianists have fingers. Two of Ives' rarest and most difficult songs are performed here; "On the Antipodes," recorded, not well, as a choral piece back in the '60s by the Gregg Smith Singers and "Aeschylus and Sophocles," and seemingly not recorded before or since. A remarkable strength possessed by Continuum is its modularity. If Ives suggests in some stray patch that a string quartet playing a single chord can be added to the last two bars of a song written for voice and piano, Continuum will say "let's do it" rather than "this is too much trouble just for one chord." The chamber pieces are a real delight -- you'll not find better recordings of "In Re Con Moto et al" or "Hallowe'en" than this one. In "Hallowe'en," Continuum takes special care to observe Ives' dynamic indications, and it makes all the difference in the world. The chamber version of "The Gong on the Hook and Ladder," originally published in 1936 under the erroneous title of "Calcium Light," is like "Aeschylus and Sophocles" unique to this collection. The recital concludes with fine performances of Ives' "Five Take-Offs" and "Three-Quarter Tone Pieces." If you love the music of Charles Ives, it is an imperative to obtain Continuum's Charles Ives: Piano, Chamber & Vocal Works.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/22/2005
Label:
Naxos American
UPC:
0636943919422
catalogNumber:
8559194
Rank:
271156

Tracks

  1. The Housatonic at Stockbridge, song for voice & piano, S. 266 (K. 6B64d)  - Charles Ives  -  Continuum  - Robert Underwood Johnson  - Joel Sachs  - Joel Sachs  - Cheryl Seltzer  - Cheryl Seltzer  - Victoria Villamil
  2. Soliloquy, song for voice & piano, S. 352 (K. 6B43a)  - Charles Ives  - Charles Ives  -  Continuum  - Joel Sachs  - Joel Sachs  - Cheryl Seltzer  - Cheryl Seltzer  - Victoria Villamil
  3. On the Antipodes, song for voice & 2 pianos, S. 319 (K. 6B71)  - Charles Ives  - Charles Ives  -  Continuum  - Joel Sachs  - Joel Sachs  - Cheryl Seltzer  - Cheryl Seltzer  - Victoria Villamil
  4. The Gong on the Hook & Ladder or Firemen's Parade on Main Street for strings, piano & optional bell, S. 70 (K. 1C30)  - Charles Ives  - Eva Gruesser  - Joel Sachs  - Joel Sachs  - Cheryl Seltzer  - Rachel Evans  - Beverly Lauridsen  - Mia Wu
  5. Hallowe'en, for string quartet, piano & optional drum, S. 71 (K. 2B13)  - Charles Ives  - Eva Gruesser  - Joel Sachs  - Joel Sachs  - Cheryl Seltzer  - Cheryl Seltzer  - Rachel Evans  - Beverly Lauridsen  - Mia Wu
  6. In Re Con Moto et al., for string quartet, piano & optional drum, S. 72 (K. 2B18)  - Charles Ives  - Eva Gruesser  - Joel Sachs  - Cheryl Seltzer  - Cheryl Seltzer  - Rachel Evans  - Beverly Lauridsen  - Mia Wu
  7. Sunrise, song for voice, piano & violin, S. 365 (K. 6B77)  - Charles Ives  - Charles Ives  - Joel Sachs  - Cheryl Seltzer  - Cheryl Seltzer  - Mia Wu  - Sheila Schonbrun
  8. Remembrance, for voice & piano, S. 332 (K. 6B62a)  - Charles Ives  - Charles Ives  - Eva Gruesser  - Joel Sachs  - Cheryl Seltzer  - Cheryl Seltzer  - Sheila Schonbrun
  9. Aeschylus and Sophocles, song for voice, piano & string quartet, S. 206 (K. 6B70)  - Charles Ives  - Eva Gruesser  - Walter Savage Landor  - Joel Sachs  - Cheryl Seltzer  - Cheryl Seltzer  - Rachel Evans  - Beverly Lauridsen  - Mia Wu  - Sheila Schonbrun  - Victoria Villamil
  10. Set of Five Take-Offs, for piano, S. 122 (K. 3B16)  - Charles Ives  - Joel Sachs
  11. Quarter-Tone Pieces (3), for 2 pianos, S. 128 (K. 3C3)  - Charles Ives  - Joel Sachs  - Cheryl Seltzer

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