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Ives: Three Places In New England; Ruggles: Sun Treader, Piston / Tilson Thomas, Boston Symphony Orchestra

Release Date: 05/08/2001 
Label:  Dg The Originals Catalog #: 463633   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Charles IvesCarl RugglesWalter Piston
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This one's easy. Here is one of the finest recordings of American music ever made. Piston's symphonies still do not receive the attention they deserve. He's in the same position in the United States that Roussel occupies in France: superbly crafted works finely shaped, approachable, reasonably brief, and generally ignored. Go figure. This recording of his Second Symphony never has been seriously challenged, certainly not by Gerard Schwarz's Delos recording, and has come up sounding better than ever in this excellent remastering.

Michael Tilson Thomas went on to remake Sun-treader for Columbia with the Buffalo Philharmonic as part of his complete Ruggles edition (shamefully never
Read more issued on CD), but this scorcher of a performance still holds pride of place. He has the orchestra playing at peak form, brass and strings attacking Ruggles' tortured melodies with furious intensity. It's simply thrilling. So for that matter is the Ives, though at the time this recording was made the full orchestral score had not yet been made available, so Thomas uses the then standard version for chamber orchestra. I won't tell if you won't. Buy this disc. [3/29/2001]

– David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

First Orchestral Set "Three Places in New England" by Charles Ives
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1912-1921; USA 
Date of Recording: 1970 
Venue:  Symphony Hall, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 18 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Sun-treader by Carl Ruggles
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926-1931; USA 
Date of Recording: 1970 
Venue:  Symphony Hall, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 16 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Symphony no 2 by Walter Piston
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USA 
Date of Recording: 10/1970 
Venue:  Symphony Hall, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 26 Minutes 48 Secs. 

Featured Sound Samples

First Orchestral Set "Three Places in New England" (Ives): No 3: The Housatonic at Stockbridge
Sun-Treader (Ruggles): I. Quarter note = 69...
Symphony no 2 (Piston): III. Allegro

Sound Samples

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
Sun-treader: 1.Quarter note= 69 Poco accelerando (bar/Takt/mesure 1)
Sun-treader: 2. Tempo eighth note = 126 (bar 51a)
Sun-treader: 3. Lento (bar 119)
Sun-treader: 4. A tempo (bar 138a)
Sun-treader: 5. Quarter note = 69 Poco accelerando (bar 169)
Sun-treader: 6. Serene, but with great expression (bar 191)
Symphony No.2: 1. Moderato
Symphony No.2: 2. Adagio
Symphony No.2: 3. Allegro

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 A Timely Re-Issue June 30, 2013 By F. Heilberg (San Francisco, CA) See All My Reviews "With the recent release of MTT's (and San Francisco Symphony) American Mavericks disc with the music of Cowell, Harrison and Varese, how cool is it to flash back to near the beginning of his career to find a similar program to demonstrate his commitment to contemporary American music. Of course, his credentials in Ives' music is already well established and need no further comment or recommendation. I think that most people unfamiliar with the the Piston symphony will find it the easiest entry into the disc. Don't listen to critics who describe Piston's music as 'academic,' whatever that's supposed to mean. While it is not overly romantic, it's melodic and harmonic elements are not difficult to digest, and many will ask themselves why they haven't heard it (or Piston's other music) before. MTT and the Boston SO play it with the same assurance they would bring to any piece from the standard repertoire, and should create new fans of anyone fortunate enough to hear this recording. Ruggles is a new composer to me, and his Sun Treader may require a more concerted effort to appreciate, but it has its unique joys that are worth that effort. This disc was one of two discs in DG's The Originals series with MTT and the Boston SO (with whom he was the Assistant Conductor under William Steinberg). The other was devoted to more standard fare (Tchaikovsky's Symphony #1 and Debussy's Images for Orchestra). The two together amply demonstrate the conductors ability early in his career. Thanks to Arkiv for the re-issue." Report Abuse
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