Ives: Symphony No. 3

Ives: Symphony No. 3

by James Sinclair
     
 

This Naxos disc pairs the English chamber orchestra the Northern Sinfonia with conductor James Sinclair. Sinclair is now the foremost scholar working within the field of Charles Ives' music and has edited the main catalog of Ives' works. While Sinclair has recorded some of the shorter pieces on this disc before, some of theSee more details below

Overview

This Naxos disc pairs the English chamber orchestra the Northern Sinfonia with conductor James Sinclair. Sinclair is now the foremost scholar working within the field of Charles Ives' music and has edited the main catalog of Ives' works. While Sinclair has recorded some of the shorter pieces on this disc before, some of the performing editions used here represent the latest word in terms of Ives scholarship. Even to anyone who has heard practically every commercial recording made of all of these pieces, this Naxos disc comes as a revelation. The tempi in the "Symphony No. 3" are more flexible than in most past recordings, and in some passages they may seem quicker than what an experienced Ivesian is used to. But the movements run at about the same length as they usually do, as Sinclair creates contrast through playing other sections somewhat slower. The edition used of "Washington's Birthday" is particularly striking. Those who know the work well will hardly recognize the opening section, which is performed from a new edition. It is deeply moving and also somewhat alien, like having a sense of nostalgia for a past life on another planet. This also appears to represent the first time "The Unanswered Question and "Central Park" in the Dark have been compiled together on disc in the "Two Contemplations" context in which Ives combined them in the 1930s. The recording is thankfully three-dimensional and spacious, and the program is generous and accessible. If you wonder why Charles Ives is considered so great in the first place and can't get a handle on his music, this Naxos disc will prove an excellent key to unlock the mysterious power of his genius.

Read More

Product Details

Release Date:
02/18/2003
Label:
Naxos American
UPC:
0636943908723
catalogNumber:
8559087
Rank:
371606

Tracks

  1. Symphony No. 3: The Camp Meeting, for orchestra, S. 3 (K. 1A3)  - Charles Ives  - James Sinclair  -  Northern Sinfonia Chorus  - Maurice Prendergast
  2. Washington's Birthday, for orchestra (Symphony: Holidays No. 1), S. 5i (K. 1A4/i)  - Charles Ives  - James Sinclair  -  Northern Sinfonia Chorus  - Maurice Prendergast
  3. The Unanswered Question (I & II), for trumpet, winds & string orchestra, S. 50 (K. 1C25): The Unanswered Question (Version No. 2)  - Charles Ives  - James Sinclair  -  Northern Sinfonia Chorus  - Maurice Prendergast
  4. Central Park in the Dark, for orchestra, S. 34 (K. 1C27)  - Charles Ives  - James Sinclair  -  Northern Sinfonia Chorus  - Maurice Prendergast
  5. Country Band March, for theater orchestra, S. 36 (K. 1C14)  - Charles Ives  - James Sinclair  -  Northern Sinfonia Chorus  - Maurice Prendergast
  6. Overture and March: "1776", for theater orchestra, S. 24 (K. 1C18)  - Charles Ives  - James Sinclair  -  Northern Sinfonia Chorus  - Maurice Prendergast

Read More

Album Credits

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >