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Ives: The Three Orchestral Sets / Sinclair, Malmo Symphony


Release Date: 05/27/2008 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559353   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Charles Ives
Conductor:  James Sinclair
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony OrchestraMalmö Chamber ChorusMalmo Chamber Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



A real Ives discovery in this complete set of the Orchestral Sets

This is a fascinating release that offers Ives’s three Orchestral Sets for the first time. The curtain is raised with the first of them, Three Places in New England, in its original version – this stands somewhere between the Country Band March and the later, more familiar Three Places. At this stage there’s no piano part and the conflicting march rhythm in “Putnam’s Camp” is missing as well as its dissonant opening. Both the First and Second Sets are vintage Ives, with his unforgettable reaction to the sinking of the Lusitania that brought the US into the First World War at the end of the
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But the novelty here is the Third Set. The first two movements come from sketches edited by David Gray Porter. The opening Andante has a structure similar to Central Park in the Dark with typical Ives chords and a texture building to a crisis with something left hanging softly at the end. The second movement is called “During Camp Meetin’ Week: One Secular Afternoon”. This again is Ives’s idiosyncratic territory with lots of quotations including “Columbia the Gem of the Ocean” twice and a four-part hymn about the Day of Judgement – not so secular after all?

Completing works by Ives has become an industry that the composer would have welcomed. We’ve had the Emerson Concerto (12/03), also conducted by Sinclair, and the Universe Symphony (7/04). The perhaps over-extended last movement of this Third Set, realised by Nors Josephson, at times sounds like Varèse, although it begins and ends softly. Well recorded, idiomatic performances all round – a real Ives discovery.

-- Peter Dickinson, Gramophone [10/2008]
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Works on This Recording

1.
First Orchestral Set "Three Places in New England" by Charles Ives
Conductor:  James Sinclair
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra,  Malmö Chamber Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1912-1921; USA 
Length: 17 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: James Sinclair. 
2.
Second Orchestral Set by Charles Ives
Conductor:  James Sinclair
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra,  Malmo Chamber Choir,  Malmö Chamber Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909-1915; USA 
Length: 15 Minutes 9 Secs. 
3.
Third Orchestral Set by Charles Ives
Conductor:  James Sinclair
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra,  Malmö Chamber Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 28 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Notes: Arrangers: David Gray Porter; Nors Josephson. 

Sound Samples

Orchestral Set No. 1, "3 Places in New England" (version 1, ed. J.B. Sinclair): I. The St Gaudens in Boston Common (Col. Shaw and his Colored Regiment)
Orchestral Set No. 1, "3 Places in New England" (version 1, ed. J.B. Sinclair): II. Putnam's Camp, Redding, Connecticut
Orchestral Set No. 1, "3 Places in New England" (version 1, ed. J.B. Sinclair): III. The Housatonic at Stockbridge
Orchestral Set No. 2: I. An Elegy to Our Forefathers
Orchestral Set No. 2: II. The Rockstrewn Hills Join in the People's Outdoor Meeting
Orchestral Set No. 2: III. From Hanover Square North, at the End of a Tragic Day, the Voice of the People Again Arose
Orchestral Set No. 3: I. -: Andante moderato (ed. D.G. Porter)
Orchestral Set No. 3: II. An Afternoon, or During Camp Meetin' Week - One Secular Afternoon (in Bethel) (ed. D.G. Porter)
Orchestral Set No. 3: III. -: Andante (realised by N. Josephson)

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