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Romanzo di Central Park - Songs by Ives / FInley, Drake

Album Summary

>Ives, Charles : On the Counter
>Ives, Charles : The Circus Band
>Ives, Charles : Two Little Flowers
>Ives, Charles : Ilmenau
>Ives, Charles : A Night Song, song for voice & piano, S. 310 (K. 6B21)
>Ives, Charles : Down East
>Ives, Charles : Premonitions
>Ives, Charles : The See'r, song for voice & piano, S. 344 (K. 6B49a)
>Ives, Charles : Songs my mother taught me
>Ives, Charles : In the Alley
>Ives, Charles : Mists (II), song for voice & piano, S.301 (K. 6B47a)
>Ives, Charles : They Are There!, song for voice & piano, S. 371 (K. 6B79)
>Ives, Charles : In Flanders Fields
>Ives, Charles : South Wind (Die Lotosblume), song for voice & piano, S. 362 (K. 6B44)
>Ives, Charles : My Native Land (I), song for voice & piano, S. 303 (K. 6B21f)
>Ives, Charles : Watchman
>Ives, Charles : The Children's Hour
>Ives, Charles : Evidence
>Ives, Charles : The World's Wanderers, song for voice & piano, S. 398 (K. 6B22d)
>Ives, Charles : Slow March
>Ives, Charles : Omens and Oracles, song for voice & piano, S. 317 (K. 6B35)
>Ives, Charles : Those Evening Bells, song for voice & piano, S. 374 (K. 6B42d)
>Ives, Charles : Allegro
>Ives, Charles : Evening
>Ives, Charles : The Last Reader
>Ives, Charles : To Edith
>Ives, Charles : At the River
>Ives, Charles : A Christmas Carol
>Ives, Charles : The Light that is felt
>Ives, Charles : Romanzo di Central Park
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

In their second volume of songs by Charles Ives (1874–1954), the nonpareil partnership of baritone Gerald Finley and pianist Julius Drake returns to again enthrall listeners with their probing, emotional readings of each work. The range of style and manner of Ives' text-setting is startling - from simple, sentimental ballads to complex philosophical discourses, sometimes encompassing the most dissonant and virtuosic piano parts, while at other times paring the accompaniment down to a minimalist phrase-repetition. Even those songs composed in a seemingly conventional or ‘polite’ tonal idiom usually contain a harmonic, rhythmic or rhetorical surprise somewhere along the way.

'Finley is a wonderfully assured interpreter ... perfectly registering their switchback changes of mood and presenting their occasional lapses into sentimentality with total conviction. More than any other performers on disc, Finley and Drake establish these songs, with all their quirks and flights of fantasy, among the most important of the 20th century in any language' (The Guardian)

'Gerald Finley has everything and more in his darkly full-bodied voice to match the often formidable technical and expressive requirements of Ives's songbook - reinforced by Drake's elastic, expressive piano ... This is a must-buy album' (The Times)

'This is a highly successful follow-up to Gerald Finley and Julius Drake's first Ives recital from 2005. Here there is the same sort of mix, from familiar songs such as The Circus Band and Watchman! to an early requiem for the family cat and the intriguing title song, Romanzo (di Central Park), with its obbligato violin part atmospherically played by Magnus Johnston. Finley is his usual charismatic self, at home as much in the hymnody as the parody, and he is careful not to over-sentimentalise the more homely numbers while injecting pathos into the war songs. Drake projects Ives's often complex accompaniments with clarity and style' (Daily Telegraph)

'Outstandingly well sung and played, equally well recorded, and highly recommendable to all lovers of fine songs and fine singing' (BBC Music Magazine)

'The variety of songs recorded here is extraordinary ... Gerald Finley's warm baritone sits right inside Ives's soundworld, while Drake refuses to be fazed by the idealistic piano writing' (Classic FM Magazine)

'The programme has been selected and sequenced with care ... The booklet includes not just texts but also comments by Calum MacDonald about every single song. Hyperion always gets these things right; even the cover art is a bull's-eye. Finley and Drake give no cause for complaint either ... The engineers have done their work well. Finley and Drake are perfectly balanced and they perofrm in an environment of intimate warmth' (International Record Review)

'It's the best kind of fun. The astonishing range Ives exhibits in the 30 songs on the disc - some comic, others serious - Is astonishing. Finley, in even better voice than on the Barber CD, and Drake, relishing Ives' complexities, dig deep into them all' (Bay Area Reporter, USA)

'Gerald Finley's second disc of Ives songs is every bit as wonderful as the first. Finley is the perfect song recitalist... He can sound dreamy, tender, raucous, heroic, and serene, all without ever disfiguring his timbre or letting the pitch waver. Julius Drake offers accompaniments that are as perfect and knowing as the singing, and the engineering couldn't be better... This is magnificent--vocal recitals don't come any better' (ClassicsToday.com)

'Listening to a collection such as this reveals genuine delights of phrase and harmony. These are, by and large, not songs for "showy" singers, yet several of the numbers more citational of popular song do demand some verbal panache, which the Canadian bass-baritone can certainly supply, along with fine-honed dynamic control and a warm, solidly delineated tone... Drake, very sensitive as to tempo and mood, proves willing to haul out the trombones when needed' (Opera News)



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Works Details

>Ives, Charles : On the Counter
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley
  • Notes: 02/16/2007-02/20/2007
  • Running Time: 1 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1920

>Ives, Charles : The Circus Band
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley
  • Notes: 02/16/2007-02/20/2007
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1899

>Ives, Charles : Two Little Flowers
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley
  • Notes: 02/16/2007-02/20/2007
  • Running Time: 1 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1921

>Ives, Charles : Ilmenau
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley
  • Notes: 02/16/2007-02/20/2007
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1901

>Ives, Charles : A Night Song, song for voice & piano, S. 310 (K. 6B21)
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley
  • Notes: 02/16/2007-02/20/2007
  • Running Time: 1 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1895

>Ives, Charles : Down East
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley
  • Notes: 02/16/2007-02/20/2007
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1919

>Ives, Charles : Premonitions
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley
  • Notes: 02/16/2007-02/20/2007
  • Running Time: 1 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1921

>Ives, Charles : The See'r, song for voice & piano, S. 344 (K. 6B49a)
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley
  • Notes: 02/16/2007-02/20/2007
  • Running Time: 1 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1920

>Ives, Charles : Songs my mother taught me
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley
  • Notes: 02/16/2007-02/20/2007
  • Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1902

>Ives, Charles : In the Alley
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley
  • Notes: 02/16/2007-02/20/2007
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1896

>Ives, Charles : Mists (II), song for voice & piano, S.301 (K. 6B47a)
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley
  • Notes: 02/16/2007-02/20/2007
  • Running Time: 1 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1919-1920

>Ives, Charles : They Are There!, song for voice & piano, S. 371 (K. 6B79)
  • Performers: Magnus Johnston (Violin); Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley
  • Notes: 02/16/2007-02/20/2007
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1942

>Ives, Charles : In Flanders Fields
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley
  • Notes: 02/16/2007-02/20/2007
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 04/1917

>Ives, Charles : South Wind (Die Lotosblume), song for voice & piano, S. 362 (K. 6B44)
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley
  • Notes: 02/16/2007-02/20/2007
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 04/1908

>Ives, Charles : My Native Land (I), song for voice & piano, S. 303 (K. 6B21f)
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley
  • Notes: 02/16/2007-02/20/2007
  • Running Time: 1 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1895

>Ives, Charles : Watchman
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley
  • Notes: 02/16/2007-02/20/2007
  • Running Time: 1 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1913

>Ives, Charles : The Children's Hour
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley
  • Notes: 02/16/2007-02/20/2007
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1901

>Ives, Charles : Evidence
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley
  • Notes: 02/16/2007-02/20/2007
  • Running Time: 1 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1910

>Ives, Charles : The World's Wanderers, song for voice & piano, S. 398 (K. 6B22d)
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley
  • Notes: 02/16/2007-02/20/2007
  • Running Time: 1 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1898

>Ives, Charles : Slow March
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley
  • Notes: 02/16/2007-02/20/2007
  • Running Time: 1 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1887

>Ives, Charles : Omens and Oracles, song for voice & piano, S. 317 (K. 6B35)
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley
  • Notes: 02/16/2007-02/20/2007
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 08/1899

>Ives, Charles : Those Evening Bells, song for voice & piano, S. 374 (K. 6B42d)
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley
  • Notes: 02/16/2007-02/20/2007
  • Running Time: 1 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1907

>Ives, Charles : Allegro
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley
  • Notes: 02/16/2007-02/20/2007
  • Running Time: 1 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1900

>Ives, Charles : Evening
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley
  • Notes: 02/16/2007-02/20/2007
  • Running Time: 2 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1921

>Ives, Charles : The Last Reader
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley
  • Notes: 02/16/2007-02/20/2007
  • Running Time: 1 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1921

>Ives, Charles : To Edith
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley
  • Notes: 02/16/2007-02/20/2007
  • Running Time: 1 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1919

>Ives, Charles : At the River
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley
  • Notes: 02/16/2007-02/20/2007
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1916

>Ives, Charles : A Christmas Carol
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley
  • Notes: 02/16/2007-02/20/2007
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1894

>Ives, Charles : The Light that is felt
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley
  • Notes: 02/16/2007-02/20/2007
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1903-1907

>Ives, Charles : Romanzo di Central Park
  • Performers: Magnus Johnston (Violin); Julius Drake (Piano); Gerald Finley
  • Notes: 02/16/2007-02/20/2007
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1900