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Ives: Decoration Day, Fourth Of July, Thanksgiving / Sinclair, Malmo SO


Release Date: 10/27/2009 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559370   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Charles Ives
Conductor:  James Sinclair
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


James Sinclair is always an excellent guide to this music, even through Ives' most complex textural thickets. The Fourth of July has real celebratory fervor and a sense of fun, while the climax of Thanksgiving, so often a muddle, here achieves real transcendence, with the choir perfectly integrated into the ensemble. I have to confess that I love this piece particularly, even though it's often considered the weakest part of what would later become the "Holidays" Symphony. I attended Hopkins Grammar in New Haven, as did Ives, and every Christmas the Glee Club gave a concert on the New Haven green at Trinity Church, right next to Center Church at which Ives served as organist. One of the
Read more hymns we often sang was "Duke Street", which forms the climax of Thanksgiving. So it has personal resonance, and it's also a great tune.

For this reason, and because of the similarities in tone and structure among the other three movements, I see no reason why the movements of "Holidays" should not be enjoyed separately, as they are presented here (the first, Washington's Birthday, already has been released). Interspersed between the better-known works are some real novelties. First, The General Slocum, a brief portrait of a tragic shipwreck, followed by two student works that sound totally Romantic, and completely unlike Ives: the Overture in G minor, and the Postlude in F. Finally, the Yale-Princeton Football Game, a two-minute riot of a piece that will make any fan of (American) football smile.

As already suggested, Sinclair's conducting gets everything right: tempos, textures, balances, and colors. He allows Ives' boisterous high spirits to emerge naturally, effortlessly, and where necessary, raucously. The Malmö orchestra plays all of this music with complete confidence, and the sonics are unaffectedly crisp and clean. An essential release for Ives fans.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Holidays: Decoration Day by Charles Ives
Conductor:  James Sinclair
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; USA 
Length: 9 Minutes 2 Secs. 
2.
The General Slocum by Charles Ives
Conductor:  James Sinclair
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 5 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Notes: Editor: James Sinclair. 
3.
Overture in G minor by Charles Ives
Conductor:  James Sinclair
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 8 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Notes: Editor: James Sinclair. 
4.
Holidays: The Fourth of July by Charles Ives
Conductor:  James Sinclair
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911-1913; USA 
Length: 6 Minutes 14 Secs. 
5.
Yale-Princeton Football Game by Charles Ives
Conductor:  James Sinclair
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: ?1898; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
6.
Postlude for Orchestra in F major by Charles Ives
Conductor:  James Sinclair
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1895; USA 
Length: 4 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Notes: Editor: James Sinclair. 
7.
Holidays: Thanksgiving and/or Forefathers' Day by Charles Ives
Conductor:  James Sinclair
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904; USA 
Length: 16 Minutes 28 Secs. 

Sound Samples

A Symphony - New England Holidays, "Holidays Symphony": II. Decoration Day (ed. J.B. Sinclair)
The General Slocum (realization by D.G. Porter)
Overture in G minor (realization by D.G. Porter)
A Symphony - New England Holidays, "Holidays Symphony": III. The Fourth of July (realization by W.D. Shirley)
Yale-Princeton Football Game (realization by J.B. Sinclair)
Postlude in F major (ed. K. Singleton)
A Symphony - New England Holidays, "Holidays Symphony": IV. Thanksgiving Day (ed. J. Elkus)

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