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

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All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
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: 3/22/2005
  • Label: Naxos American
  • UPC: 636943919422
  • Catalog Number: 8559194
  • Sales rank: 248,600

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