The Music of America: Charles Ives

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
The Sony Masterworks imprint has compiled various releases from the catalog of its former incarnations as CBS and Columbia into installments in a series called The Music of America. Each release contains three CDs, a brief biography of the composer or survey of the topic, and uninformative but attractive design employing vintage photographs. Generally the releases have been well done and offer an inexpensive way of building a basic library of American music; Columbia and its successors were, once upon a time, the top U.S. classical labels, and overall quality was high. Further, the compilers here have focused on the conductor, who arguably did the most to popularize Ives ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
The Sony Masterworks imprint has compiled various releases from the catalog of its former incarnations as CBS and Columbia into installments in a series called The Music of America. Each release contains three CDs, a brief biography of the composer or survey of the topic, and uninformative but attractive design employing vintage photographs. Generally the releases have been well done and offer an inexpensive way of building a basic library of American music; Columbia and its successors were, once upon a time, the top U.S. classical labels, and overall quality was high. Further, the compilers here have focused on the conductor, who arguably did the most to popularize Ives and the more iconoclastic side of American music in general, Michael Tilson Thomas. He is heard not only with the San Francisco Symphony that he conducted for many years, but also the Chicago Symphony and even, in a very nice "Symphony No. 2," the Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam. The few other conductors represented Leopold Stokowski, Eugene Ormandy were also sympathetic Ives interpreters, and the balance between Ives standards like "Central Park in the Dark" and pieces a rung down in popularity "Robert Browning Overture," or the pair of songs sung by baritone Thomas Hampson with Tilson Thomas at the piano is right. A reasonable budget choice.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/8/2010
  • Label: Masterworks
  • UPC: 886977004926
  • Catalog Number: 770049

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Symphony No. 2, for orchestra, S. 2 (K. 1A2) - Ives & Michael Tilson Thomas (37:41)
  2. 2 From the Steeples and the Mountains, for 1 or 2 trumpet(s), trombone, 4 sets of bells & 2 pianos, S. 65 (K. 1C12) - Ives & Michael Tilson Thomas (4:15)
  3. 3 Robert Browning Overture, for orchestra, S. 27 (K. 1B6) - Ives & Leopold Stokowski (23:04)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Variations on "America," for organ, S. 140 (K. 3D5) - Ives & William Schuman (7:12)
  2. 2–5 A Symphony: New England Holidays (Holidays Symphony), for orchestra, S. 5 (K. 1A4) - Ives & Michael Tilson Thomas (41:26)
  3. 3 The Things Our Fathers Loved, song for voice & piano, S. 372 (K. 6B58) - Ives & Michael Tilson Thomas (1:48)
  4. 4 Memories, song for voice & piano, S. 297 (K. 6B26a) - Ives & Michael Tilson Thomas (2:28)
  5. 5 March: The Circus Band (III), for orchestra & optional chorus, S. 33/3 (K. 1C8) - Ives & Michael Tilson Thomas (3:01)
  6. 6 General William Booth Enters into Heaven, for chorus, optional solo voice, chamber orchestra & percussion, S. 181 (K. 5B9) - Ives & Michael Tilson Thomas (5:35)
  7. 7 Symphony No. 4, for orchestra (& optional chorus, theremin et alia), S. 4 (K. 1A4): 4. Fugue - Ives & American Symphony Orchestra (6:34)
Disc 3
  1. 1–3 Symphony No. 3: The Camp Meeting, for orchestra, S. 3 (K. 1A3) - Ives & Michael Tilson Thomas (23:00)
  2. 4–6 Orchestral Set No. 1: Three Places in New England, for orchestra, S. 7 (K. 1A5) - Ives & Michael Tilson Thomas (18:18)
  3. 5 The Unanswered Question (I & II), for trumpet, winds & string orchestra, S. 50 (K. 1C25) - Ives & Michael Tilson Thomas (7:15)
  4. 6 Central Park in the Dark, for orchestra, S. 34 (K. 1C27) - Ives & Michael Tilson Thomas (7:26)
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