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Ives - When The Moon / Narucki, Sylvan, Bernas, Et Al


Release Date: 05/08/2001 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 466841   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Charles Ives
Performer:  Sanford SylvanAlan FeinbergSusan Narucki
Conductor:  Richard Bernas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Music Projects
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


As if we need any more evidence of Charles Ives' unconventional ideas and composing techniques, this excellent recording reminds us that for him, a song was less a form and more a wide-open vehicle for free expression--whether spontaneous, undeveloped personal thoughts or settings of the most refined poetic utterances. But no matter how you analyze or try to define Ives' motives and methods, you have to be impressed by his way with a text--from his own (The See'r; The New River; Remembrance) to those of revered writers such as Lord Byron (who wrote the poem from which the disc's title is taken), John Keats, Rudyard Kipling, John Milton, William Wordsworth, or Robert Underwood Johnson. As conductor
Read more Richard Bernas explains, "Ives' songs are an essential key to his musical imagination, not just in vocal but in the most extravagant instrumental terms, when they are transformed into the Sets for Orchestra." And therein lies the genius of this recording: to place the songs alongside the orchestral versions that often preceded them. Many listeners will not be aware that Ives wrote a number of instrumental works that he later set to texts; he also turned original songs into instrumental pieces. Both types are represented here and it's fascinating to compare the related compositions that also stand perfectly well on their own.


The orchestral sets are expertly performed by Bernas and his Music Projects/London ensemble, and likewise, the vocal versions are given high-class attention by soprano Susan Narucki and baritone Sanford Sylvan, with Alan Feinberg at the piano. We can only marvel at (and reach for the repeat button following) a masterpiece such as the song The Last Reader, an Oliver Wendell Holmes text set with uncommon sensitivity and evocative piano colors and shadings. And what can you say about Charlie Rutlage, a two and one half minute dramatic tour de force about "another good cowpuncher" who's "gone to meet his fate"--except that it's perfect, and not a second too long or too short? Similarly, the disc's final song, a beautiful yet almost painfully brief "remembrance" of the composer's father (with a text by Ives himself), leaves you wanting more but realizing that in 53 seconds Ives has said all that needs be said. This is a very special and memorable recording that deserves priority not only on listeners' purchase lists but also among citations for discs of the year. The sound is vibrant, detailed, and brightly-colored, suitably intimate for the songs and appropriately full-bodied and spacious for the orchestral pieces. [12/31/2001]
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Set no 1 for Small Orchestra by Charles Ives
Conductor:  Richard Bernas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Music Projects
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907-1911; USA 
2.
Tolerance by Charles Ives
Performer:  Sanford Sylvan (Baritone), Alan Feinberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: ?1909; USA 
3.
Set no 2 for Small Orchestra by Charles Ives
Conductor:  Richard Bernas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Music Projects
Period: 20th Century 
Written: ?1911-14; USA 
4.
Set no 3 for Small Orchestra by Charles Ives
Conductor:  Richard Bernas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Music Projects
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1918-1919; USA 
5.
Set for Theatre or Chamber Orchestra by Charles Ives
Conductor:  Richard Bernas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Music Projects
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906-1911; USA 
6.
The See'r by Charles Ives
Performer:  Susan Narucki (Soprano), Alan Feinberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: ?1913; USA 
Language: English 
7.
Premonitions by Charles Ives
Performer:  Alan Feinberg (Piano), Sanford Sylvan (Baritone)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; USA 
Language: English 
8.
Ann Street by Charles Ives
Performer:  Alan Feinberg (Piano), Sanford Sylvan (Baritone)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; USA 
Language: English 
9.
At Sea by Charles Ives
Performer:  Alan Feinberg (Piano), Sanford Sylvan (Baritone)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; USA 
Language: English 
10.
Luck and Work by Charles Ives
Performer:  Alan Feinberg (Piano), Sanford Sylvan (Baritone)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: ?1913; USA 
Language: English 
11.
Charlie Rutlage by Charles Ives
Performer:  Alan Feinberg (Piano), Sanford Sylvan (Baritone)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920-1921; USA 
Language: English 
12.
The Rainbow by Charles Ives
Performer:  Alan Feinberg (Piano), Sanford Sylvan (Baritone)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; USA 
Language: English 
13.
Set no 6 for Small Orchestra "From the Side Hill": no 4, Evening by Charles Ives
Performer:  Sanford Sylvan (Baritone), Alan Feinberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1925-1930; USA 
Language: English 
14.
Remembrance by Charles Ives
Performer:  Alan Feinberg (Piano), Sanford Sylvan (Baritone)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; USA 
Language: English 
15.
The New River by Charles Ives
Performer:  Susan Narucki (Soprano), Alan Feinberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; USA 
Language: English 
16.
Set no 1 for Small Orchestra: no 4, Like a Sick Eagle by Charles Ives
Performer:  Susan Narucki (Soprano), Alan Feinberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907-1911; USA 
Language: English 
17.
Incantation by Charles Ives
Performer:  Alan Feinberg (Piano), Susan Narucki (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; USA 
Language: English 
18.
The Indians by Charles Ives
Performer:  Susan Narucki (Soprano), Alan Feinberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; USA 
Language: English 
19.
The Last Reader by Charles Ives
Performer:  Susan Narucki (Soprano), Alan Feinberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; USA 
Language: English 
20.
Mists by Charles Ives
Performer:  Susan Narucki (Soprano), Alan Feinberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; USA 
Language: English 
21.
Set no 7 for Small Orchestra "Water Colors": no 3, The Pond by Charles Ives
Conductor:  Richard Bernas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Music Projects
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1925-1930; USA 
22.
Charlie Rutlage by Charles Ives
Conductor:  Richard Bernas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Music Projects
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920-1921; USA 
23.
Set no 5 for Small Orchestra "The Other Side of Pioneering...": no 4, Ann Street by Charles Ives
Conductor:  Richard Bernas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Music Projects
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1925; USA 
24.
Set no 6 for Small Orchestra "From the Side Hill": no 1, Mists by Charles Ives
Conductor:  Richard Bernas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Music Projects
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1925-1930; USA 
25.
Set no 6 for Small Orchestra "From the Side Hill": no 2, The Rainbow by Charles Ives
Conductor:  Richard Bernas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Music Projects
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1925-1930; USA 
26.
Set no 6 for Small Orchestra "From the Side Hill": no 4, Evening by Charles Ives
Conductor:  Richard Bernas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Music Projects
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1925-1930; USA 
27.
Set no 7 for Small Orchestra "Water Colors": no 3, The Pond by Charles Ives
Conductor:  Richard Bernas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Music Projects
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1925-1930; USA 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Fascinating comparative versions August 29, 2013 By R Gregory C (Arlington, VA) See All My Reviews "I had figured out that most individual pieces or movements by Ives are either a re-workings of earlier ones or the basis for a later elaborations, but this program lays out that concept in detail. The bigger portion of the disc provides orchestral or chamber pieces, and the rest of it gives sung versions with piano accompaniment. Among the performers, I reserve highest praise for Sanford Sylvan, USA's answer to Dietrich Fischer-Diskau: He's got a big voice at his disposal, but often makes his artistic point using only a little of it." Report Abuse
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