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Ives: Songs, Vol. 5

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

All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
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: 636943927328
  • Catalog Number: 8559273
  • Sales rank: 370,203

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Paracelsus, song for voice & piano, S. 324 (K. 6B66b) - Robert Browning & Charles Ives (4:08)
  2. 2 Peaks, song for voice & piano, S. 325 (K. 6B24) - Charles Ives & Henry Bellamann (2:03)
  3. 3 A Perfect Day, song for voice & piano, S. 326 (K. 6B18c) - Charles Ives & Janna Baty (2:39)
  4. 4 Pictures, song for voice & piano, S. 327 (K. 6B42a) - Charles Ives & Monica Peveril Turnbull (3:24)
  5. 5 Premonitions, song for voice & piano, S. 328 (K. 6B65a) - Robert Underwood Johnson & Charles Ives (2:08)
  6. 6 Qu'il m'irait bien, song for voice & piano, S. 329 (K. 6B25e) - Charles Ives & J.J. Penna (1:16)
  7. 7 The Rainbow (So May It Be!), song for voice & piano, S. 330 (K. 6B64e) - Charles Ives & William Wordsworth (1:50)
  8. 8 Religion, song for voice & piano, S. 331 (K. 6B47b) - Dr. James T. Bixby & Charles Ives (1:10)
  9. 9 Remembrance, for voice & piano, S. 332 (K. 6B62a) - Charles Ives & Charles Ives (0:45)
  10. 10 Requiem, song for voice & piano, S. 333 (K. 6B48) - Charles Ives & Robert Stevenson (2:15)
  11. 11 Resolution, song for voice & piano, S. 334 (K. 6B68a) - Charles Ives & Charles Ives (0:35)
  12. 12 Rock of Ages, song for voice & piano (or organ), S. 335 (K. 6B12b) - Charles Ives & Augustus Montague Toplady (4:46)
  13. 13 Romanzo (di Central Park), song for voice & piano, S. 336 (K. 6B36) - Leigh Hunt & Charles Ives (2:15)
  14. 14 Rosamunde (I), song for voice & piano, S. 337 (K. 6B21a) (german version) - Helmina von Chezy & Charles Ives (2:05)
  15. 15 Rosamunde (II), song for voice & piano, S. 337 (K. 6B21a) (french version) - Pierre-Jean de BĂ©ranger & Charles Ives (2:13)
  16. 16 Rosenzweige, song for voice & piano, S. 338 (K.6B35b) - Charles Ives & Karl Stieler (1:10)
  17. 17 Rough Wind, song for voice & piano, S. 339 (K. 6B40a) - Charles Ives & Percy Bysshe Shelley (1:07)
  18. 18 A Scotch Lullaby, song for voice & piano, S. 341 (K. 6B24b) - Charles Ives & Charles Edmund Merrill Jr. (2:19)
  19. 19 A Sea Dirge, song for voice & piano, S. 342 (K. 6B75) - William Shakespeare & Charles Ives (2:28)
  20. 20 The Sea of Sleep, song for voice & piano, S. 343 (K. 6B41a) - Charles Ives & Ian Howell (1:32)
  21. 21 The See'r, song for voice & piano, S. 344 (K. 6B49a) - Charles Ives & Charles Ives (0:53)
  22. 22 Sehnsucht, song for voice & piano, S. 345 (K. 6B35c) - Charles Ives & Edmund Lobedanz (3:05)
  23. 23 September, song for voice & piano, S. 346 (K. 6B61b) - Charles Ives & Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1:05)
  24. 24 Serenity, song for voice & piano, S. 347 (K. 6B60d) - Charles Ives & John Greenleaf Whittier (2:45)
  25. 25 The Side Show, song for voice & piano, S. 348 (K. 6B66) - Charles Ives & Charles Ives (0:33)
  26. 26 Slow March, song for voice & piano, S. 349 (K. 6B10) - Charles Ives & David Pittsinger (1:40)
  27. 27 Slugging a Vampire, song for voice & piano, S. 350 (K. 6B40c) - Charles Ives & Charles Ives (0:22)
  28. 28 Soliloquy, song for voice & piano, S. 352 (K. 6B43a) - Charles Ives & Charles Ives (1:05)
  29. 29 A Son of A Gambolier, for voice & piano (& optional kazoo chorus), S. 353 (K. 6B22) - Charles Ives & David Bircher (3:39)
  30. 30 Song, for voice & piano "She is not fair to outward view", S. 354 (K. 6B18d) - Charles Ives & Kenneth Tarver (1:38)
  31. 31–33 A Song--For Anything, song for voice & piano, S. 355 (K. 6B14) - Charles Ives & Charles Ives (3:02)
  32. 32 Song for Harvest Season, for voice & brass ensemble (or organ), S. 356 (K. 6B18) - Charles Ives & Greville Phillimore (1:48)
  33. 33 The Song of the Dead, song for voice & piano, S. 357 (K. 6B29d) - Charles Ives & Rudyard Kipling (2:45)
  34. 34 Songs My Mother Taught Me, song for voice and piano, S. 361 (K. 6B21c) - Charles Ives & Adolf Heyduk (2:41)
  35. 35 South Wind (Die Lotosblume), song for voice & piano, S. 362 (K. 6B44) - Harmony Twichell Ives & Charles Ives (2:26)
  36. 36 Spring Song, song for voice & piano, S. 363 (K. 6B43) - Harmony Twichell Ives & Charles Ives (1:19)
  37. 37 Sunrise, song for voice, piano & violin, S. 365 (K. 6B77) - Charles Ives & Charles Ives (5:14)
  38. 38 Swimmers, song for voice & piano, S. 366 (K. 6B53) - Charles Ives & Louis Untermeyer (1:30)
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