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A Portrait Of Charles Ives / Metzmacher, Ensemble Modern


Release Date: 08/06/2007 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 54552   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Charles Ives
Conductor:  Ingo Metzmacher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Modern
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

"This is an outstanding anthology... admirably chosen and planned with every component vividly delivered. I cannot imagine that anyone interested in Ives will not rush to obtain it." -- Gramophone

This CD is exactly what its title implies—a portrait of Ives through some of his most characteristic music. No soft options are taken. At times this is the rough ride up the mountain, as Ives called it, but the view is magnificent. Henry Herford, whose recordings of Ives's songs on Unicorn-Kanchana I have particularly commended (9/91 and 3/92), is ideally suited to delivering classics like General William Booth, rare pop numbers from Ives's student days like The bells of Yale, and the composer's exquisite farewell to
Read more composition—the late Sunrise from 1926, to his own text. And Ingo Metzmacher, with his excellent German band, knows exactly how to get the most out of Ives's exploratory studies such as the Tone Roads pieces and From the steeples and the mountains. Gone are the days when tough songs like On the Antipodes or Aeschylus and Sophocles were avoided or approached tentatively! Now they are revelations.

David G. Porter provides booklet-notes and is responsible for new editions of some of the works in this anthology. Apart from the five songs actually sung by Herford the others are done in Ives's own instrumental versions. From this point of view he pioneered the modern mixed chamber ensemble very early in the century. But there are often significant differences between vocal and instrumental settings: at times the latter are fascinating recompositions. For example, The pond (track 13) has an added introduction and much more textural detail to amplify this atmospheric impression. The Indians (track 20) acquires an introduction and a drum part. There are a few tiny balance problems in the recording—it's hard to hear the piano in The gong and at other times Ives expects a solo violin, for example, to balance against a loud cornet.

Full texts and notes are provided in a release containing many novelties. This is an outstanding anthology—the best now on offer—admirably chosen and planned with every component vividly delivered. I cannot imagine that anyone interested in Ives will not rush to obtain it.'

-- Peter Dickinson, Gramophone 6/1993
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Works on This Recording

1. Set no 1 for Small Orchestra: no 1, The See'r by Charles Ives
Conductor:  Ingo Metzmacher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Modern
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907-1911; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1991 
Venue:  Hall of Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt 
Length: 0 Minutes 48 Secs. 
2. Set no 1 for Small Orchestra: no 2, A Lecture by Charles Ives
Conductor:  Ingo Metzmacher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Modern
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907-1911; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1991 
Venue:  Hall of Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt 
Length: 1 Minutes 1 Secs. 
3. Set no 1 for Small Orchestra: no 4, Like a Sick Eagle by Charles Ives
Conductor:  Ingo Metzmacher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Modern
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907-1911; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1991 
Venue:  Hall of Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt 
Length: 1 Minutes 28 Secs. 
4. Set no 1 for Small Orchestra: no 6, When the moon by Charles Ives
Conductor:  Ingo Metzmacher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Modern
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907-1911; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1991 
Venue:  Hall of Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt 
Length: 1 Minutes 27 Secs. 
5. General William Booth Enters into Heaven by Charles Ives
Conductor:  Ingo Metzmacher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Modern
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1991 
Venue:  Hall of Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt 
Length: 5 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: English 
6. Tone Roads (3): no 1, Fast "All Roads Lead to the Centre" by Charles Ives
Conductor:  Ingo Metzmacher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Modern
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1991 
Venue:  Hall of Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
7. From the Steeples and Mountains for Brass and Bells by Charles Ives
Conductor:  Ingo Metzmacher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Modern
Period: 20th Century 
Written: ?1901-02; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1991 
Venue:  Hall of Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt 
Length: 3 Minutes 35 Secs. 
8. Tone Roads (3): no 3, Slow and fast "Rondo rapid transit" by Charles Ives
Conductor:  Ingo Metzmacher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Modern
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1991 
Venue:  Hall of Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt 
Length: 3 Minutes 18 Secs. 
9. Set no 3 for Small Orchestra: no 1, Adagio sostenuto "At Sea" by Charles Ives
Conductor:  Ingo Metzmacher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Modern
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1918-1919; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1991 
Venue:  Hall of Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt 
Length: 1 Minutes 7 Secs. 
10. Mists by Charles Ives
Conductor:  Ingo Metzmacher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Modern
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1991 
Venue:  Hall of Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt 
Length: 1 Minutes 39 Secs. 
11. On the Antipodes by Charles Ives
Conductor:  Ingo Metzmacher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Modern
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915-1923; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1991 
Venue:  Hall of Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: English 
12. Set no 6 for Small Orchestra "From the Side Hill": no 2, The Rainbow by Charles Ives
Conductor:  Ingo Metzmacher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Modern
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1925-1930; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1991 
Venue:  Hall of Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt 
Length: 1 Minutes 52 Secs. 
13. Set no 7 for Small Orchestra "Water Colors": no 3, The Pond by Charles Ives
Conductor:  Ingo Metzmacher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Modern
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1925-1930; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1991 
Venue:  Hall of Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt 
Length: 1 Minutes 38 Secs. 
14. The Bells of Yale by Charles Ives
Conductor:  Ingo Metzmacher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Modern
Period: 20th Century 
Written: ?1897-98; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1991 
Venue:  Hall of Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: English 
15. Set no 1 for Small Orchestra: no 5, Calcium Light Night by Charles Ives
Conductor:  Ingo Metzmacher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Modern
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907-1911; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1991 
Venue:  Hall of Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt 
Length: 2 Minutes 26 Secs. 
16. The Gong on the Hook and Ladder "Firemen's Parade on Main Street" by Charles Ives
Conductor:  Ingo Metzmacher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Modern
Period: 20th Century 
Written: ?1911; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1991 
Venue:  Hall of Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt 
Length: 1 Minutes 49 Secs. 
17. All the Way Around and Back by Charles Ives
Conductor:  Ingo Metzmacher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Modern
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1991 
Venue:  Hall of Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt 
Length: 1 Minutes 2 Secs. 
18. Over the Pavements by Charles Ives
Conductor:  Ingo Metzmacher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Modern
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906-1913; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1991 
Venue:  Hall of Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt 
Length: 4 Minutes 40 Secs. 
19. Set no 1 for Small Orchestra: no 3, The Ruined River by Charles Ives
Conductor:  Ingo Metzmacher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Modern
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907-1911; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1991 
Venue:  Hall of Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt 
Length: 1 Minutes 7 Secs. 
20. Set no 2 for Small Orchestra: no 1, Largo "The Indians" by Charles Ives
Conductor:  Ingo Metzmacher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Modern
Period: 20th Century 
Written: ?1911-14; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1991 
Venue:  Hall of Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt 
Length: 1 Minutes 35 Secs. 
21. Set no 2 for Small Orchestra: no 2, Gyp the Blood or Hearst!? Which is Worst?! by Charles Ives
Conductor:  Ingo Metzmacher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Modern
Period: 20th Century 
Written: ?1911-14; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1991 
Venue:  Hall of Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt 
Length: 1 Minutes 14 Secs. 
22. Aeschylus and Sophocles by Charles Ives
Conductor:  Ingo Metzmacher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Modern
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1991 
Venue:  Hall of Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: English 
23. Set for Theatre or Chamber Orchestra by Charles Ives
Conductor:  Ingo Metzmacher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Modern
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906-1911; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1991 
Venue:  Hall of Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt 
Length: 8 Minutes 31 Secs. 
24. Sunrise by Charles Ives
Conductor:  Ingo Metzmacher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Modern
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1991 
Venue:  Hall of Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt 
Length: 5 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: English 

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