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Ives: Symphonies, Orchestral Sets / Dohnányi, Marriner, Etc


Release Date: 03/13/2001 
Label:  London/Decca Double Decker Catalog #: 466745   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Charles Ives
Conductor:  Zubin MehtaSir Neville MarrinerChristoph von Dohnányi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic OrchestraAcademy of St. Martin in the FieldsCleveland Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 38 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Decca's Ives orchestral music set makes for an attractive and inexpensive way to collect these startlingly original works. Zubin Mehta's recording of Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 had its first CD appearance last year on the Eloquence label, and with this latest issue collectors finally will be able to buy these vibrant and colorful (notwithstanding the large cut in the First Symphony's finale) Los Angeles Philharmonic performances in Los Angeles--and other U.S. cities. (What a concept!) Neville Marriner turns in a surprisingly sympathetic performance of Ives' Third, and if it lacks the passionate advocacy of Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic, Marriner and his Academy succeed in bringing an almost classical clarity to this Read more sometimes densely textured work.


Long a champion of "difficult" 20th century music, Christoph von Dohnányi leads powerful performances of Ives' Fourth Symphony and Orchestral Sets 1 & 2. Dohnányi penetrates the music's multi-layered textures with laser-beam precision, aided immeasurably by the Cleveland Orchestra's legendary clear balances and stunning virtuosity. Decca's sound is vivid throughout the collection, but is particularly impactful in the digital Cleveland recordings, which did not stay in the catalog very long after their original release. So, grab them now, before they vanish faster than the abrupt ending of the Fourth Symphony's second movement.
--Victor Carr Jr., ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 by Charles Ives
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1895-1898; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1972 
Venue:  Royce Hall, UCLA University, California 
Length: 30 Minutes 34 Secs. 
2.
Symphony no 2 by Charles Ives
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1900-1902; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1975 
Venue:  Royce Hall, UCLA University, California 
Length: 37 Minutes 35 Secs. 
3.
Symphony no 3 "The Camp Meeting" by Charles Ives
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904; USA 
Date of Recording: 10/1975 
Venue:  St John's, Smith Square, London, UK 
Length: 21 Minutes 23 Secs. 
4.
Symphony no 4 by Charles Ives
Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1912-1925; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1992 
Venue:  Severance Hall, Cleveland, Ohio 
Length: 33 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
5.
First Orchestral Set "Three Places in New England" by Charles Ives
Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1912-1921; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/1993 
Venue:  Severance Hall, Cleveland, Ohio 
Length: 19 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
6.
Second Orchestral Set by Charles Ives
Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909-1915; USA 
Date of Recording: 01/1994 
Venue:  Severance Hall, Cleveland, Ohio 
Length: 15 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 

Sound Samples

Symphony No.1: 1. Allegro
Symphony No.1: 2. Adagio molto (sostenuto)
Symphony No.1: 3. Scherzo: Vivace
Symphony No.1: 4. Allegro molto
Symphony No.4: 1. Prelude (Walt Whitman)
Symphony No.4: 2. Allegretto
Symphony No.4: 3. Fugue. Andante moderato
Symphony No.4: 4. Very slowly - Largo maestoso
Orchestral Set No.2: 1. An Elegy to our Forefathers
Orchestral Set No.2: 2. The Rockstrewn Hills...
Orchestral Set No.2: 3. From Hanover Square North...
Symphony No.2: 1. Andante moderato
Symphony No.2: 2. Allegro
Symphony No.2: 3. Adagio cantabile
Symphony No.2: 4. Lento maestoso
Symphony No.2: 5. Allegro molto vivace
Symphony No.3 - "The Camp Meeting": 1. Old Folks Gatherin' (Andante maestoso)
Symphony No.3 - "The Camp Meeting": 2. Children's Day (Allegro moderato)
Symphony No.3 - "The Camp Meeting": 3. Communion (Largo)
3 Places in New England: 1. The "St. Gaudens" in Boston Common (Col. Shaw and his Colored Regiment)
3 Places in New England: 2. Putnam's Camp, Redding, Connecticut
3 Places in New England: 3. From "The Housatonic at Stockbridge" by Robert Underwood Johnson

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