Ives: An American Journey

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Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
For Michael Tilson Thomas, championing Ives's music has been a lifelong pursuit. One of his first concerts as a 24-year-old assistant conductor of the Boston Symphony featured Ives's Three Places in New England, and he recorded the work for DG a year later. That performance has been recently reissued as part of DG's "Originals" series. Tilson Thomas went on to record the four Ives symphonies for Sony; they are still the best available and the most faithful to the composer's complex scores. This RCA disc is something of a hodgepodge, but then again, so is Ives's music. Three Places is here in a freshly scrubbed and vividly atmospheric performance, and so is The ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
For Michael Tilson Thomas, championing Ives's music has been a lifelong pursuit. One of his first concerts as a 24-year-old assistant conductor of the Boston Symphony featured Ives's Three Places in New England, and he recorded the work for DG a year later. That performance has been recently reissued as part of DG's "Originals" series. Tilson Thomas went on to record the four Ives symphonies for Sony; they are still the best available and the most faithful to the composer's complex scores. This RCA disc is something of a hodgepodge, but then again, so is Ives's music. Three Places is here in a freshly scrubbed and vividly atmospheric performance, and so is The Unanswered Question -- a transcendental masterpiece -- while the Fugue from the Fourth Symphony shows Ives's nostalgic affection for academic forms. But it is the songs that really show Ives's expressive range, and Thomas Hampson sings them with admirable naturalness and understanding. "Memories" is a hoot, "Serenity" ethereal, and "Tom Sails Away" heartrending. Some are accompanied by solo piano played by Tilson Thomas, others with orchestra. And the choral songs are terrific, too. "The Circus Band" is Ives at his most rousing and original; it's like a college fight song backed up by an unruly --even inebriated -- band. Recorded live, it possesses a sense of occasion that sets the spine tingling. The recording is spacious and quite powerful, with very little audience noise. Very strongly recommended.
Gramophone - Edward Seckerson
If anyone has a hot-line to the cortex of Ives's imagination, it is Michael Tilson Thomas. The programme he has devisd here is not so much a journey, more a stream of conciousness through the hinterlands of Ives Americana... Hard to believe that this is a live recording, so astonishingly lucid and transparent is the multi-layered orchestral sound. Tremendous impact, too.
BBC Music Magazine - Matthew Rye
Tilson Thomas conveys everything from the racous patriotism of the wartime march "They are There!" to the existential spaciousness of The Unanswered Question.... The SFS's playing is outstanding throughout.
Billboard - Bradley Bambarger
[Hampson sings] not only with idiomatic relish but also with real beauty. Everything here -- from the orchestral playing to the recording -- resonates with such class and allure.

Tilson Thomas conveys everything from the racous patriotism of the wartime march "They are There!" to the existential spaciousness of The Unanswered Question.... The SFS's playing is outstanding throughout.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/5/2002
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 090266370320
  • Catalog Number: 63703
  • Sales rank: 54,941

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 From the Steeples and the Mountains, for 1 or 2 trumpet(s), trombone, 4 sets of bells & 2 pianos, S. 65 (K. 1C12) - Charles Ives & Michael Tilson Thomas (4:13)
  2. 2 The Things Our Fathers Loved, song for voice & piano, S. 372 (K. 6B58) - Charles Ives & Michael Tilson Thomas (1:47)
  3. 3 The Pond (Remembrance), for orchestra (and optional voice), S. 40 (K. 1C26): adapted for chorus & orchestra - Charles Ives & Michael Tilson Thomas (1:41)
  4. 4 Memories, song for voice & piano, S. 297 (K. 6B26a) - Charles Ives & Michael Tilson Thomas (2:29)
  5. 5 Charlie Rutlage, for orchestra & optional voice (Set No. 5/3), S. 14iii - Charles Ives & Michael Tilson Thomas (2:37)
  6. 6 March: The Circus Band (III), for orchestra & optional chorus, S. 33/3 (K. 1C8) - Charles Ives & Michael Tilson Thomas (3:02)
  7. 7 Orchestral Set No. 1: Three Places in New England, for orchestra, S. 7 (K. 1A5): The "St. Gaudens" in Boston Common, for orchestra - Charles Ives & Michael Tilson Thomas (8:51)
  8. 8 Orchestral Set No. 1: Three Places in New England, for orchestra, S. 7 (K. 1A5): Putnam's Camp, Redding, Connecticut, for orchestra - Charles Ives & Michael Tilson Thomas (5:21)
  9. 9 Orchestral Set No. 1: Three Places in New England, for orchestra, S. 7 (K. 1A5): The Housatonic At Stockbridge, for chorus and orch - Charles Ives & Michael Tilson Thomas (4:06)
  10. 10 In Flanders Fields, song for voice & piano, S. 277 (K. 6B56) - Charles Ives & Michael Tilson Thomas (2:41)
  11. 11 They Are There! (A War Song March), for chorus & orchestra, S. 188 (K. 5B14) - Charles Ives & Michael Tilson Thomas (2:52)
  12. 12 Tom Sails Away, song for voice & piano, S. 378 (K. 6B59) - Charles Ives & Michael Tilson Thomas (2:48)
  13. 13 Symphony No. 4, for orchestra (& optional chorus, theremin et alia), S. 4 (K. 1A4): No. 3, Fugue - Charles Ives & Michael Tilson Thomas (6:37)
  14. 14 Psalm 100, for double chorus (& optional bells), S. 153 (K. 5C33) - Charles Ives & Vance George (1:35)
  15. 15 Serenity, for chorus, harps & violins ad lib & timpani, S. 177 (K. 5B3) - Charles Ives & Michael Tilson Thomas (1:59)
  16. 16 General William Booth Enters into Heaven, for chorus, optional solo voice, chamber orchestra & percussion, S. 181 (K. 5B9) - Charles Ives & Michael Tilson Thomas (5:42)
  17. 17 The Unanswered Question (I & II), for trumpet, winds & string orchestra, S. 50 (K. 1C25) - Charles Ives & Michael Tilson Thomas (6:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michael Tilson Thomas Conductor, Primary Artist
Thomas Hampson Baritone (Vocal)
San Francisco Symphony Performing Ensemble
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Who is Afraid from Ives

    I listend to this CD and I find it as an excelent CD. I learnd from it that Ives did not write in any style but his own. He is not a shame to give convetional Harmony (like in memory) the Opera house is very funny and sung with a very humoristic an boysh style provide by Hampson. Hampson is a great singer. He sings Ives with alot of sensitivity Both music and style. I recomend this Cd with all my hart. If you don't know this artist and you are curios You better have this record. It explain Ives in a metter that no one explaided it to my when I studies American clasical music and 20Th century music in the university.

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