Ives: Variations on America

Ives: Variations on America

by United States Marine Band
     
 

Naxos' Charles Ives: Variations on 'America' features "The President's Own" United States Marine Band under the direction of its regular leader, Colonel Timothy W. Foley, in a program containing a mixture of arrangements from Ives works not originally for band and fresh editions of several that are. The dinky community andSee more details below

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Naxos' Charles Ives: Variations on 'America' features "The President's Own" United States Marine Band under the direction of its regular leader, Colonel Timothy W. Foley, in a program containing a mixture of arrangements from Ives works not originally for band and fresh editions of several that are. The dinky community and college bands that Ives wrote for in the 1890s aren't the U.S. Marine Band, and that has required at least some degree of adaptation for everything on the disc, yet the unanimity of sound gives the whole collection a wonderful sense of fullness and makes for very satisfying listening. Keith Brion's clever realization of Ives' very early "Variations on Jerusalem the Golden" alternates Ives' original played on the small bore instruments common to the nineteenth century and the U.S. Marine Band proper, so one can hear the difference. This work has never been recorded before; neither has "Runaway Horse on Main Street" (1905), which in the past has been hindered by its incomplete state; editor James Sinclair has found a solution, and the result is, as the title would suggest, suitably uproarious. Charles Ives: Variations on 'America' also includes for the first time a complete recording of Jonathan Elkus' "Old Home Days Suite," a compilation of Elkus' arrangements of Ives that has gained some traction on the band concert circuit, but it has only been recorded before in part. The overall program of 21 pieces is adroitly divided into several sections related thematically: "Prologue," "Battle Cries of Freedom," Town and Gown" (consisting of pieces from Ives' college years), "Band Stuff," "Horseplay" (consisting of Ivesian take-offs and burlesques), and Epilogue, featuring Elkus' arrangement of "The Alcotts" from the "Concord Sonata." Such programming reflects Ives' own preferences late in life toward collecting songs and short orchestral pieces into groups united by a common theme. Elkus' notes provide detail on the origin of each piece and how it was handled -- that is very, very useful information for getting in touch with the music. Even established Ivesians will be amazed to hear Ives' music played with such crack proficiency as the U.S. Marine Band has to offer, though it is easy to imagine that some might carp that this represents a homogenization of Ives' relentlessly challenging and untidy output. Nevertheless, many American classical music buffs have heard his symphonies and other large-scale works only to come away with the question "what's so great about Charles Ives?" Charles Ives: Variations on 'America' truly makes the case for him; it is easily accessible and, as a survey of Ives' relationship to the nineteenth century American band tradition, is practically definitive. Indeed, it is difficult to imagine how Naxos' Charles Ives: Variations on 'America' could be better than it is; it is awesome.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/28/2007
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313055975
catalogNumber:
8570559
Rank:
165181

Tracks

  1. Variations on "America", arrangement for orchestra or band (after Charles Ives)  - William Schuman  - Timothy Foley  -  United States Marine Band
  2. Overture and March: "1776", for theater orchestra, S. 24 (K. 1C18)  - Charles Ives  - Timothy Foley  -  United States Marine Band
  3. They Are There! (A War Song March), for chorus & orchestra, S. 188 (K. 5B14)  - Charles Ives  - Timothy Foley  -  United States Marine Band
  4. Old Home Days (5), suite for band (arranged by Johnathan Elkus)  - Charles Ives  - Timothy Foley  -  United States Marine Band
  5. March "Intercollegiate" with "Annie Lisle", march for band, S. 54 (K. 1D5)  - Charles Ives  - Timothy Foley  -  United States Marine Band
  6. String Quartet No. 1: From the Salvation Army, for string quartet, S. 57 (K. 2A1)  - Charles Ives  - Timothy Foley  -  United States Marine Band
  7. March in F & C with "Omega Lambda Chi", march for band, S. 53 (K. 1D6)  - Charles Ives  - Timothy Foley  -  United States Marine Band
  8. Fantasia on "Jerusalem the Golden", for band, S. 52 (K. 1D4 & 3D3)  - Charles Ives  - Timothy Foley  -  United States Marine Band
  9. March No. 2 with "Son of a Gambolier", march for band, S. 29 (K. 1C4)  - Charles Ives  - Timothy Foley  -  United States Marine Band
  10. Postlude in F, for orchestra in F major, S. 41 (K. 1B1)  - Charles Ives  - Timothy Foley  -  United States Marine Band
  11. Country Band March, for theater orchestra, S. 36 (K. 1C14)  - Charles Ives  - Timothy Foley  -  United States Marine Band
  12. Decoration Day, for orchestra (Symphony: Holidays No. 2), S. 5ii (K. 1A4/ii)  - Charles Ives  - Timothy Foley  -  United States Marine Band
  13. Charlie Rutlage, for orchestra & optional voice (Set No. 5/3), S. 14iii  - Charles Ives  - Timothy Foley  -  United States Marine Band
  14. March: The Circus Band (III), for orchestra & optional chorus, S. 33/3 (K. 1C8)  - Charles Ives  - Timothy Foley  -  United States Marine Band
  15. Runaway Horse on Main Street, take-off for band, S. 55 (K. 1D9)  - Charles Ives  - Timothy Foley  -  United States Marine Band
  16. March No. 6 with "Here's to Good Old Yale", for piano, S. 113 (K. 3B13)  - Charles Ives  - Timothy Foley  -  United States Marine Band
  17. Sonata No. 2: Concord, Mass., 1840-60, for piano (& optional viola, flute), S. 88 (K. 3A2): The Alcotts  - Charles Ives  - Timothy Foley  -  United States Marine Band

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