WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org
Welcome to ArkivMusic, the retail store for classical.net!

Bernstein Century - Ives: Unanswered Question / New York Po


Release Date: 03/31/1998 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 60203   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Charles IvesElliott Carter
Performer:  William Vacchiano
Conductor:  Leonard BernsteinSeiji OzawaMaurice Peress
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York PhilharmonicCamerata Singers
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

CD not available: This title is currently only available as an MP3 download.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

It was Bernstein who introduced the Ives Second, amazingly, in 1951; the young conductor then premiered Ives's Symphony No. 1 in 1953 and No. 4 in 1965. All were worth the wait. And if the modest Ives revival has yielded other very fine recordings of the symphonies - from Michael Tilson Thomas and the Concertgebouw at their most surprising, from the sterling Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, from the inimitable Bernstein himself late in his own career - the New York Philharmonic captured with Bernstein in these recordings dating from 1958 to 1966 is in a class of its own. What a ball Lenny and his players have with the music! Everyone is at his or her spontaneous best, and while the rough edges show in ways they would not in the late Seventies or Read more Eighties the whole affair still carries the exhilaration of discovery. There is method in all the rambunctiousness, too: Bernstein's sublime control in the Adagio cantabile central movement of the Symphony No. 2 is all the more extraordinary in the naturalness of the results. Only the Holidays symphony, recorded on different occasions before its disparate movements were called a unified work, betrays the absence of the conductor's breathtakingly organic approach. Yet the opening holiday, 'Washington's Birthday', emerges with so much joy that only a prig would complain of the lack of relation to the final 'Thanksgiving Day'. These are key recordings in understanding both Ives and Bernstein. They are also immensely enjoyable.

-- Octavio Roca, BBC Music Magazine
Read less

Works on This Recording

1. The Unanswered Question no 2 by Charles Ives
Performer:  William Vacchiano (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 04/17/1964 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
2. Holidays: Washington's Birthday by Charles Ives
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; USA 
Date of Recording: 01/31/1967 
Venue:  Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, NYC 
3. Holidays: Decoration Day by Charles Ives
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/27/1963 
Venue:  Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, NYC 
4. Holidays: The Fourth of July by Charles Ives
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911-1913; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/23/1964 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
5. Holidays: Thanksgiving and/or Forefathers' Day by Charles Ives
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Singers,  New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/05/1968 
Venue:  Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, NYC 
6. Contemplations (2): no 2, Central Park in the Dark by Charles Ives
Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa,  Maurice Peress
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/07/1962 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
7. Concerto for Orchestra by Elliott Carter
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1969; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/11/1970 
Venue:  Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, NYC 

Sound Samples

The Unanswered Question for Trumpet, Flute Quartet and Strings
Washington's Birthday
Decoration Day
The Fourth of July
Thanksgiving (Forefather's) Day
Central Park in the Dark
Concerto for Orchestra

Customer Reviews

Be the first to review this title
Review This Title
Review This Title Share on Facebook