Ives: 'Orchestral Works, Vol 2'

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Ives: 'Orchestral Works, Vol 2'


Dickinson, Peter, Gramophone


Ives

'Orchestral Works, Vol 2'

A Symphony: New England Holidays. Orchestral

Set No 1, Three Places in New England'. Central

Park in the Dark. The Unanswered Question

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra / Sir Andrew Davis

Chandos (F) [SACD]. CHSA5163 (72' * DDD/DSD)

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The two early Ives symphonies recorded by the same team (5/15) are relatively plain sailing compared with some of these pieces, which are just as shocking as they always have been. I mean the great blasts of glorious frenzy in Central Park in the Dark (the piano melody is the 1899 song hit 'Hello, my baby'); 'The Fourth of July'; and the second and third movements of Three Places in New England, all written amazingly --in the early years of the last century. The difference between the many recordings depends on which elements of an overcrowded texture are allowed to dominate. For example, Ives quotes his own Country Band March in 'Putnam's Camp' it's first heard early on in the strings, but at the last climax, with everything else going on as well, it's less prominent with the Melbourne performance than in some. …

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