Ives: Songs, Vol. 5

Ives: Songs, Vol. 5

     
 

Naxos' edition of Charles Ives: Songs has reached its fifth volume with this issue and is looking to be the penultimate entry in the series; in novel fashion, Naxos has been organizing its Ives songs alphabetically by title, and as this starts with "Paracelsus" and ends with "Swimmers" then "Yellow Leaves" must not be far behind.See more details below

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Naxos' edition of Charles Ives: Songs has reached its fifth volume with this issue and is looking to be the penultimate entry in the series; in novel fashion, Naxos has been organizing its Ives songs alphabetically by title, and as this starts with "Paracelsus" and ends with "Swimmers" then "Yellow Leaves" must not be far behind. Nevertheless, this is an extraordinarily generous and varied program, containing an amazing 40 tracks and running a total of 80 minutes. Of course, this isn't just a showcase for Ives' songs, but for a number of singers, as well; 14 different vocalists can be heard on this single disc, not to mention three pianists and a host of other instrumentalists. Most of the additional players are heard on the rumbustious "A Son of Gambolier," but the requisite violin part to "Sunrise" is added by violinist Jooyeon Kong and organist Frederick Teardo handles the accompaniment to "Song for the Harvest Season."" Douglas Dickson and Laura Garritson deserve special mention for conquering the ridiculously hard piano accompaniment to "Rough Wind."" As to singers, with such a crowd of soloists attendant to this series entry, the results are going to be mixed, and mixed they are. The better performances are delivered by mezzos Leah Wool, Mary Phillips, and Tamara Mumford; soprano Sumi Kittelberger; tenor Kenneth Tarver; and bass David Pittsinger. One bit of coincidental delight is apparent when Kittelberger sings Ives' high-voice version of "Rosamunde" and it is followed by Wool's rendering of the significantly different lower voice version. There are some rough seas in addition to "Rough Wind"; the excessively wide vibrato of mezzo Janna Baty might be fine for a Richard Strauss opera, but falls pretty heavy on Ives' often modest and succinct creations. Piano accompanist J.J. Penna has a hard time bringing off some accompaniments, landing for example the last chord of "Qu'il m'irait bien" a couple of beats too early and participating in baritone Robert Gardner's inscrutable, seemingly shrinking reading of "The See'r," though Gardner admirably tackles the hardest song in this collection, "Paracelsus," and is heard to good effect in "Requiem."" Special mention should be made of the intriguing decision to use a male alto, Ian Howell, to sing "Serenity," making a naturally rather mystical and spooky song into something a bit spookier. Large surveys of this kind are generally the only way listeners can connect with little gems such as "A Scotch Ballad" and "The Sea of Sleep," songs the mature Ives dismissed as youthful indiscretions, although some of the sentimentally directed material he composed -- such as "Songs My Mother Taught Me" here -- are among his most memorable and enduring efforts in the genre. Naxos' Charles Ives: Songs 5 is likely not the place where neophytes and the curious want to get started with Ives' songs. Experienced listeners, however, will enjoy most of it and will know where to turn for songs that in these recordings don't quite come up to snuff.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/28/2008
Label:
Naxos American
UPC:
0636943927328
catalogNumber:
8559273
Rank:
223376

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Tracks

  1. Paracelsus, song for voice & piano, S. 324 (K. 6B66b)  - Charles Ives  - Robert Browning  - Eric Trudel  - Rob Gardner  (04:08)
  2. Peaks, song for voice & piano, S. 325 (K. 6B24)  - Charles Ives  - Henry Bellamann  - Michael Cavalieri  - Douglas Dickson  (02:03)
  3. A Perfect Day, song for voice & piano, S. 326 (K. 6B18c)  - Charles Ives  - Janna Baty  - Douglas Dickson  (02:39)
  4. Pictures, song for voice & piano, S. 327 (K. 6B42a)  - Charles Ives  - Monica Peveril Turnbull  - Janna Baty  - J.J. Penna  (03:24)
  5. Premonitions, song for voice & piano, S. 328 (K. 6B65a)  - Charles Ives  - Robert Underwood Johnson  - Mary Phillips  - J.J. Penna  (02:08)
  6. Qu'il m'irait bien, song for voice & piano, S. 329 (K. 6B25e)  - Charles Ives  - J.J. Penna  - Leah Wool  - Moreau Delano  (01:16)
  7. The Rainbow (So May It Be!), song for voice & piano, S. 330 (K. 6B64e)  - Charles Ives  - William Wordsworth  - Eric Trudel  - Ryan MacPherson  (01:50)
  8. Religion, song for voice & piano, S. 331 (K. 6B47b)  - Charles Ives  - James T. Bixby  - David Pittsinger  - Douglas Dickson  - Elizabeth York Case  (01:10)
  9. Remembrance, for voice & piano, S. 332 (K. 6B62a)  - Charles Ives  - Charles Ives  - Kenneth Tarver  - William Wordsworth  - Douglas Dickson  (00:45)
  10. Requiem, song for voice & piano, S. 333 (K. 6B48)  - Charles Ives  - Robert Stevenson  - Rob Gardner  - J.J. Penna  (02:15)
  11. Resolution, song for voice & piano, S. 334 (K. 6B68a)  - Charles Ives  - Charles Ives  - Douglas Dickson  - Leah Wool  (00:35)
  12. Rock of Ages, song for voice & piano (or organ), S. 335 (K. 6B12b)  - Charles Ives  - Augustus Montague Toplady  - Mary Phillips  - J.J. Penna  (04:46)
  13. Romanzo (di Central Park), song for voice & piano, S. 336 (K. 6B36)  - Charles Ives  - Leigh Hunt  - Eric Trudel  - Lielle Berman  (02:15)
  14. Rosamunde (I), song for voice & piano, S. 337 (K. 6B21a) (german version)  - Charles Ives  - Helmina von Chezy  - Eric Trudel  - Sumi Kittelberger  (02:05)
  15. Rosamunde (II), song for voice & piano, S. 337 (K. 6B21a) (french version)  - Charles Ives  - Pierre-Jean de Béranger  - Helmina von Chezy  - J.J. Penna  - Leah Wool  (02:13)
  16. Rosenzweige, song for voice & piano, S. 338 (K.6B35b)  - Charles Ives  - Karl Stieler  - Kenneth Tarver  - Eric Trudel  (01:10)
  17. Rough Wind, song for voice & piano, S. 339 (K. 6B40a)  - Charles Ives  - Percy Bysshe Shelley  - Laura Garritson  - Ryan MacPherson  - Douglas Dickson  (01:07)
  18. A Scotch Lullaby, song for voice & piano, S. 341 (K. 6B24b)  - Charles Ives  - Charles Edmund Merrill  - Eric Trudel  - Lielle Berman  (02:19)
  19. A Sea Dirge, song for voice & piano, S. 342 (K. 6B75)  - Charles Ives  - William Shakespeare  - Patrick Carfizzi  - Eric Trudel  (02:28)
  20. The Sea of Sleep, song for voice & piano, S. 343 (K. 6B41a)  - Charles Ives  - Ian Howell  - Douglas Dickson  (01:32)
  21. The See'r, song for voice & piano, S. 344 (K. 6B49a)  - Charles Ives  - Charles Ives  - Rob Gardner  - J.J. Penna  (00:53)
  22. Sehnsucht, song for voice & piano, S. 345 (K. 6B35c)  - Charles Ives  - Edmund Lobedanz  - Christian Winther  - Eric Trudel  - Sumi Kittelberger  (03:05)
  23. September, song for voice & piano, S. 346 (K. 6B61b)  - Charles Ives  - Dante Gabriel Rossetti  - Eric Trudel  - Ryan MacPherson  - Folgore da San Gimigano  (01:05)
  24. Serenity, song for voice & piano, S. 347 (K. 6B60d)  - Charles Ives  - John Greenleaf Whittier  - Ian Howell  - Douglas Dickson  (02:45)
  25. The Side Show, song for voice & piano, S. 348 (K. 6B66)  - Charles Ives  - Charles Ives  - J.J. Penna  - Leah Wool  (00:33)
  26. Slow March, song for voice & piano, S. 349 (K. 6B10)  - Charles Ives  - David Pittsinger  - Douglas Dickson  - Lynne Brewster  (01:40)
  27. Slugging a Vampire, song for voice & piano, S. 350 (K. 6B40c)  - Charles Ives  - Charles Ives  - Rob Gardner  - Douglas Dickson  (00:22)
  28. Soliloquy, song for voice & piano, S. 352 (K. 6B43a)  - Charles Ives  - Charles Ives  - Eric Trudel  - Lielle Berman  (01:05)
  29. A Son of A Gambolier, for voice & piano (& optional kazoo chorus), S. 353 (K. 6B22)  - Charles Ives  - David Bircher  - Ryan MacPherson  - Ryan MacPherson  - Lielle Berman  - Douglas Dickson  - Sara Jakubiak  - Ryan Johnstone  - Kelli Kathman  - Jooyeon Kong  - Cary Parker  (03:39)
  30. Song, for voice & piano "She is not fair to outward view", S. 354 (K. 6B18d)  - Charles Ives  - Kenneth Tarver  - Hartley Coleridge  - Laura Garritson  (01:38)
  31. A Song--For Anything, song for voice & piano, S. 355 (K. 6B14)

    • Charles Ives
    • Charles Ives
    • Nicholas Brady
    • Nahum Tate
    • Patrick Carfizzi
    • Michael Cavalieri
    • Douglas Dickson
    • Tamara Mumford
    1. a. Hear My Prayer, O Lord  (01:04)
    2. b. When the Waves Softly Sigh  (01:00)
    3. c. Yale, Farewell!  (00:58)
  32. Song for Harvest Season, for voice & brass ensemble (or organ), S. 356 (K. 6B18)  - Charles Ives  - Greville Phillimore  - Jennifer Casey Cabot  - Frederick Teardo  (01:48)
  33. The Song of the Dead, song for voice & piano, S. 357 (K. 6B29d)  - Charles Ives  - Rudyard Kipling  - David Pittsinger  - Douglas Dickson  (02:45)
  34. Songs My Mother Taught Me, song for voice and piano, S. 361 (K. 6B21c)  - Charles Ives  - Adolf Heyduk  - Natalie MacFarren  - Mary Phillips  - J.J. Penna  (02:41)
  35. South Wind (Die Lotosblume), song for voice & piano, S. 362 (K. 6B44)  - Charles Ives  - Harmony Twichell Ives  - Douglas Dickson  - Tamara Mumford  (02:26)
  36. Spring Song, song for voice & piano, S. 363 (K. 6B43)  - Charles Ives  - Harmony Twichell Ives  - Jennifer Casey Cabot  - Douglas Dickson  (01:19)
  37. Sunrise, song for voice, piano & violin, S. 365 (K. 6B77)  - Charles Ives  - Charles Ives  - Douglas Dickson  - Tamara Mumford  (05:14)
  38. Swimmers, song for voice & piano, S. 366 (K. 6B53)  - Charles Ives  - Louis Untermeyer  - Patrick Carfizzi  - Eric Trudel  (01:30)

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