Ives: Works for Violin & Piano

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All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
The stated objective of Allegro Corporation's Endeavour Classics product line is "to bring both rapidly rising young stars and established performers to classical audiences featuring new or under-explored repertoire." Charles Ives: Works for Violin & Piano is Endeavour's second recording with Canadian violinist Jasper Wood and pianist David Riley. This collection of Ives' violin music kicks off with his "Sonata No. 4 for violin and piano Children's Day at the Camp Meeting," a popular work that can hardly be categorized as "under-explored." However, the inexplicably neglected "Sonata No. 3" and the shorter pieces included here are indeed seldom heard, with the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
The stated objective of Allegro Corporation's Endeavour Classics product line is "to bring both rapidly rising young stars and established performers to classical audiences featuring new or under-explored repertoire." Charles Ives: Works for Violin & Piano is Endeavour's second recording with Canadian violinist Jasper Wood and pianist David Riley. This collection of Ives' violin music kicks off with his "Sonata No. 4 for violin and piano Children's Day at the Camp Meeting," a popular work that can hardly be categorized as "under-explored." However, the inexplicably neglected "Sonata No. 3" and the shorter pieces included here are indeed seldom heard, with the Matthew Fuerst arrangements of seven of Ives' "Songs" constituting a first recording. Tempos throughout tend to be a bit on the fast side. Ives' "Largo for violin & piano," better known in its incarnation as the "Largo for violin, clarinet & piano," starts out at andante and is moving at an allegro clip by the time one makes it to the middle section. The youthful enthusiasm of both players for this music may be what keeps the tempo high throughout the disc, and that is certainly preferable than allowing the music to drag. Nevertheless, no matter what the listener's taste may be in terms of speed in these pieces, one wants to hear more of the violin in relation to the piano, which is the dominant instrument insofar as this recording is concerned. John Kirkpatrick's controversial realization of "Decoration Day for violin & piano" is given its first recording since Kirkpatrick himself recorded it with violinist Daniel Stepner back in 1981 for the Musical Heritage Society. The violin version of "Decoration Day" is okay, and its return to the active catalog welcome, but the brief song arrangements are the real highlight of the disc. This selection of seven numbers is taken from Ives' vocal music of the Gay Nineties, and Wood makes them sing. Divorced from the context of their lyrics, it is also a little easier to appreciate how finely wrought Ives' accompaniments are. "Kären" and "Feldeinsamkeit" both come off particularly well. Overall, Charles Ives: Works for Violin & Piano is nicely done; just next time give us a little more of the soloist, please.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/24/2005
  • Label: Endeavour Classics
  • UPC: 723721115357
  • Catalog Number: 1012
  • Sales rank: 276,271

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Sonata, for violin & piano No. 4, "Children's Day At the Camp Meeting", S. 63 (K. 2C3) - Charles Ives & Jasper Wood (9:32)
    Composed byCharles Ives
    Performed byJasper Wood
    1. 1 Allegro
    2. 2 Largo
    3. 3 Allegro
  2. 4 Decoration Day, for violin & piano, S. 64 (K. 2C7) - Charles Ives & Jasper Wood (4:38)
    Composed byCharles Ives
    Performed byJasper Wood
  3. 5 Pre-First Sonata, for violin & piano, S. 59 (K. 2C2) (incomplete in 5 movements, 2 rejected): Largo for violin & piano - Charles Ives & Jasper Wood (7:27)
    Composed byCharles Ives
    Performed byJasper Wood
  4. 6–8 Sonata, for violin & piano No. 3, S. 62 (K. 2C6) - Charles Ives & Jasper Wood (24:46)
    Composed byCharles Ives
    Performed byJasper Wood
    1. 6 Adagio
    2. 7 Allegro
    3. 8 Adagio (Cantabile)
  5. 9 Night of Frost in May, song for voice & piano, S. 309 (K.6B34) - Charles Ives & Jasper Wood (1:11)
    Composed byCharles Ives
    Performed byJasper Wood
  6. 10 Weil' auf mir (Eyes so dark), song for voice & piano, S. 387 (K. 6B39b) - Charles Ives & Jasper Wood (2:02)
    Composed byCharles Ives
    Performed byJasper Wood
  7. 11 Kären, song for voice & piano, S. 285 (K. 6B22a) - Charles Ives & Jasper Wood (1:08)
    Composed byCharles Ives
    Performed byJasper Wood
  8. 12 Feldeinsamkeit (In Summer Fields), song for voice & piano, S. 250 (K. 6B27) (2 versions) - Charles Ives & Jasper Wood (2:28)
    Composed byCharles Ives
    Performed byJasper Wood
  9. 13 Rosamunde (I), song for voice & piano, S. 337 (K. 6B21a) (german version) - Charles Ives & Jasper Wood (1:51)
    Composed byCharles Ives
    Performed byJasper Wood
  10. 14 Omens and Oracles, song for voice & piano, S. 317 (K. 6B35) - Charles Ives & Jasper Wood (2:32)
    Composed byCharles Ives
    Performed byJasper Wood
  11. 15 Berceuse, song for voice & piano, S. 220 (K. 6B41d) - Charles Ives & Jasper Wood (1:25)
    Composed byCharles Ives
    Performed byJasper Wood
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Performance Credits
Jasper Wood Primary Artist
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