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The Complete Songs Of Charles Ives Vol 1


Release Date: 04/16/1995 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 77   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Charles Ives
Performer:  William SharpSteven BlierDennis HelmrichMary Ann Hart,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"...The complete set will take a while to record and will probably fill at least six discs. That may be a bit more than the average nonspecialized listener needs, but making this material readily available is an incalculable service to American music."

-- Washington Post

Charles Edward Ives (1874-1954) was a prolific composer of orchestral, instrumental, and vocal music. He composed more songs than any other type of music. In four volumes, four singers accompanied by their individual pianists, present more than 150 songs chronologically, the first recording of the complete songs of Charles Ives. Ives authorized transposition of them, so they can be sung by all voices. This amazing body of work
Read more from a musician who was also an inventive and successful insurance executive, span the 35 years of Ives's compositional life, mirroring the many facets of his character: tenderness, humor, disapproval of hypocrisy and sham, nostalgia, Americanism, Yankeeism, religion, socialism, love of nature.

Some of the songs are extremely difficult; others are simpler; few can be picked up and read right off. They resemble a workshop filled with Ives's ideas, fragmentary or extended. Most were published in 114 Songs, the book compiled, published, and distributed at Ives's own expense in 1922; others were composed "post-114," among them Peaks, Yellow Leaves, The One Way, A Sea Dirge and In the Mornin'.

The Ives oeuvre is substantial, and his output in songs alone is richer and more fulsome by far than might be expected from any career, let alone a curtailed one. This four volume set of the complete songs of Charles Ives is a major contribution toward the understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of one of the greatest song collections in the history of music.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Slow March by Charles Ives
Performer:  William Sharp (Baritone), Steven Blier (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: ?1887; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 1 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: English 
2.
There is a certain garden by Charles Ives
Performer:  Dennis Helmrich (Piano), Mary Ann Hart (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1893; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 1 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: English 
3.
In Autumn by Charles Ives
Performer:  Irma Vallecillo (Piano), Paul Sperry (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: ?1892; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 1 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: English 
4.
Friendship by Charles Ives
Performer:  Phillip Bush (Piano), Dora Ohrenstein (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1892; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: English 
5.
A Song for Anything by Charles Ives
Performer:  Steven Blier (Piano), William Sharp (Baritone)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: ?1898; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: English 
6.
Canon "Not only in my lady's eyes" by Charles Ives
Performer:  Irma Vallecillo (Piano), Paul Sperry (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1893; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 0 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: English 
7.
Rock of Ages by Charles Ives
Performer:  Dennis Helmrich (Piano), Mary Ann Hart (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: ?1891; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 4 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: English 
8.
Rosamunde "Der Vollmond strahlt" by Charles Ives
Performer:  Phillip Bush (Piano), Dora Ohrenstein (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: ?1895; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: German 
9.
At Parting by Charles Ives
Performer:  Irma Vallecillo (Piano), Paul Sperry (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1889; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 1 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: English 
10.
The Circus Band by Charles Ives
Performer:  Steven Blier (Piano), William Sharp (Baritone)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: ?1894; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 2 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: English 
11.
When stars are in the quiet skies by Charles Ives
Performer:  Dennis Helmrich (Piano), Mary Ann Hart (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: ?1898; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 2 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: English 
12.
Mirage by Charles Ives
Performer:  Irma Vallecillo (Piano), Paul Sperry (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1902; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 0 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: English 
13.
An Old Flame by Charles Ives
Performer:  Steven Blier (Piano), William Sharp (Baritone)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1896; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: English 
14.
Qu'il m'irait bien by Charles Ives
Performer:  Phillip Bush (Piano), Dora Ohrenstein (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: ?1897; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 1 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: English 
15.
Chanson de Florian by Charles Ives
Performer:  Dennis Helmrich (Piano), Mary Ann Hart (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: ?1898; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 1 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: English 
16.
My Native Land by Charles Ives
Performer:  Steven Blier (Piano), William Sharp (Baritone)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: ?1895; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 1 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: English 
17.
The World's Wanderers by Charles Ives
Performer:  Phillip Bush (Piano), Dora Ohrenstein (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: ?1895; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 1 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: English 
18.
Abide with me by Charles Ives
Performer:  Irma Vallecillo (Piano), Paul Sperry (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: ?1890; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 3 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: English 
19.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Ives
Performer:  Steven Blier (Piano), William Sharp (Baritone)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1894; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 2 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: English 
20.
A Scotch Lullaby by Charles Ives
Performer:  Dora Ohrenstein (Soprano), Phillip Bush (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1896; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
21.
Through Night and Day by Charles Ives
Performer:  Irma Vallecillo (Piano), Paul Sperry (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: ?1892; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 1 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: English 
22.
A Perfect Day by Charles Ives
Performer:  Phillip Bush (Piano), Dora Ohrenstein (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: ?1892; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 1 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: English 
23.
A Night Song by Charles Ives
Performer:  Dennis Helmrich (Piano), Mary Ann Hart (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1895; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 0 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: English 
24.
In the Alley by Charles Ives
Performer:  William Sharp (Baritone), Steven Blier (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1896; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: English 
25.
My Lou Jennine by Charles Ives
Performer:  Irma Vallecillo (Piano), Paul Sperry (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: ?1891; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: English 
26.
William Will by Charles Ives
Performer:  Steven Blier (Piano), William Sharp (Baritone)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1896; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 4 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: English 
27.
Amphion by Charles Ives
Performer:  Dennis Helmrich (Piano), Mary Ann Hart (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1896; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 1 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: English 
28.
Nature's Way by Charles Ives
Performer:  Dora Ohrenstein (Soprano), Phillip Bush (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 1 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: English 
29.
Far from my heav'nly home by Charles Ives
Performer:  Mary Ann Hart (Mezzo Soprano), Dennis Helmrich (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: ?1890; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 3 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: English 
30.
Ein Ton by Charles Ives
Performer:  Dora Ohrenstein (Soprano), Phillip Bush (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: ?1895; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 1 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: German 
31.
Marie, I see thee, fairest one by Charles Ives
Performer:  Steven Blier (Piano), William Sharp (Baritone)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1896; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 2 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: German 
32.
She is not fair by Charles Ives
Performer:  Irma Vallecillo (Piano), Paul Sperry (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: ?1893; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 1 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: English 
33.
Memories by Charles Ives
Performer:  Phillip Bush (Piano), Dora Ohrenstein (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1897; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: English 
34.
Waltz by Charles Ives
Performer:  Steven Blier (Piano), William Sharp (Baritone)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: ?1894; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 1 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: English 
35.
Songs my mother taught me by Charles Ives
Performer:  Dennis Helmrich (Piano), Mary Ann Hart (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1895; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 2 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: English 
36.
A Son of a Gambolier by Charles Ives
Performer:  Irma Vallecillo (Piano), Paul Sperry (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1895; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: English 

Sound Samples

Slow March
There is a certain garden
In Autumn
Friendship
A Song - For Anything: A Song – For Anything
Canon I
Rock of Ages
Rosamunde (1st version): Rosamunde
At Parting
The Circus Band
When stars are in the quiet skies
Mirage
An Old Flame
Qu'il m'irait bien
Chanson de Florian
My Native Land I
The World's Wanderers
Abide with me
A Christmas Carol
A Scotch Lullaby
Through Night and Day
A Perfect Day
A Night Song
In the Alley
My Lou Jennine
William Will
Amphion
Nature's Way
Far from my heav'nly home
Ein Ton
Marie
Song
Memories
Waltz
Songs my mother taught me
A Son of a Gambolier

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