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American Classics - Ives: Songs Vol 1/ Berman, Cabot, Carfizzi, Cavalieri, Gardner, Pittsinger, Plenk, Tarver, Wool, et al

Album Summary

>Ives, Charles : One, Two, Three
>Ives, Charles : Abide with me, song for voice & piano, S. 205 (K. 6B12)
>Ives, Charles : Aeschylus and Sophocles, song for voice, piano & string quartet, S. 206 (K. 6B70)
>Ives, Charles : Afterglow, song for voice & piano, S. 207 (K. 6B60c)
>Ives, Charles : Allegro
>Ives, Charles : The All-enduring
>Ives, Charles : Amphion, song for voice & piano, S. 210 (K. 6B24a)
>Ives, Charles : Ann Street
>Ives, Charles : At Parting
>Ives, Charles : At Sea, song for voice & piano, S. 213 (K. 6B63a)
>Ives, Charles : At the River
>Ives, Charles : August
>Ives, Charles : Autumn, song for voice & piano, S. 217 (K. 6B45)
>Ives, Charles : Because of You, song for voice & piano, S. 218 (K. 6B30)
>Ives, Charles : Because Thou Art, song for voice & piano, S. 219 (K. 6B32a)
>Ives, Charles : Berceuse
>Ives, Charles : The Cage
>Ives, Charles : The Camp Meeting
>Ives, Charles : Canon
>Ives, Charles : Chanson de Florian, song for voice & piano, S. 225 (K. 6B27b)
>Ives, Charles : Charlie Rutlage
>Ives, Charles : The Children's Hour
>Ives, Edith Osborne : Christmas Carol, harmonized by Charles E. Ives
>Ives, Charles : A Christmas Carol
>Ives, Charles : The Circus Band
>Ives, Charles : The Collection
>Ives, Charles : Country Celestial, song for voice & piano, S. 232 (K. 6B12a)
>Ives, Charles : Cradle Song
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Notes & Reviews:

"What could be a better way of celebrating the Fourth of July than watching a parade, seeing the fireworks, and listening to songs of the great American composer Charles Ives? Ives (1874-1954) wrote over 200 songs of great variety throughout his compositional career. The songs range in style from German lieder to American parlor music to some of the most wildly dissonant and original works Ives composed. Alternatively sentimental, romantic, quirky, patriotic, religious, or philosophical, Ives's songs capture in short compass the welter of his achievement as a composer.

This CD is the first of a new cycle of Ives's songs on the budget-priced Naxos label. The format of the series mirrors the audacity and creativity of the music. The songs are arranged in alphabetical order which presents them in a way which is musically random. Songs from Ives's youth are interspersed with works of his maturity. In addition the songs are performed by a collection of young singers, ranging from bass to soprano with a countertenor included for good measure. There is a similar variety of pianists and other accompanists. Thus, this recording features 13 vocalists accompanied by four different pianists, a string quartet,an organ, and a glockenspiel on 29 Ives songs beginning with the "A"s (actually with the numbers in a half-minute song called "1.2.3" and ending in the "C"s with an Ives Lullaby, the "Cradle Song" of 1919. It is a raucous, thoroughly enjoyable mixture. .

Ives set texts from a variety of authors, including on this CD, himself, his wife Harmony, Fenimore Cooper, Tennyson, Longfellow, Walter Savage Landor, Robert Lowry, members of his family, and others. The songs on this CD range from traditional hymn-like works such as "Abide with Me" (1897) and the famous setting of "At the River" (1915) to sentimental ballads including "Because of You,"(1898), to Christmas carols of 1894 and 1925,(the latter carol includes the part for the glockenspiel) to works of complex rhythm, thought and tonality and difficulty for pianist and singer, such as the setting for voice, piano and string quartet of Walter Savage Landor's poem "Aeschylus and Sophocles" (1922). .

When he wished to do so, Ives could write a beautiful melodic vocal line. The songs "Allegro" (1899) and "Berceuse" on this CD are excellent examples of songs that combine lyricism with a compositional style that is distinctly Ives's own. Other songs that I enjoyed a great deal include Ives's short 1921 portrait of "Ann Street" in New York, his meditative song "The Sea" of 1921, the reflective "Autumn" of 1907 which sets a text of his wife's, the tale of the cowboy Charlie Rutlage (1920), and Ives's setting of three stanzas of Longellow's poem "The Children's Hour" (1912) The Fourth of July parade I saw today came to life in Ives's early song, "The Circus Band" (1894) with its flamboyant piano writing and joyous marchlike melody and text(written by Ives himself.) .

The CD was recorded at Yale University and all of the many performers seem to have some affiliation with the Yale School of Music. The CD includes good program notes but no song texts. The texts are available online. This is a rambunctious, free-spirited, and collage-like introduction to Ives's songs. I think the composer would have loved it. I am looking forward to the next volume in the series."-Customer Review



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Works Details

>Ives, Charles : One, Two, Three
  • Performers: Patrick Carfizzi (Bass Baritone); Eric Trudel (Piano)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1921

>Ives, Charles : Abide with me, song for voice & piano, S. 205 (K. 6B12)
  • Performers: Sara Jakubiak (Soprano); Eric Trudel (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1890

>Ives, Charles : Aeschylus and Sophocles, song for voice, piano & string quartet, S. 206 (K. 6B70)
  • Performers: Laura Garritson (Piano); Mary Phillips (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1922

>Ives, Charles : Afterglow, song for voice & piano, S. 207 (K. 6B60c)
  • Performers: J.J. Penna (Piano); Leah Wool (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1919

>Ives, Charles : Allegro
  • Performers: Lielle Berman (Soprano); Eric Trudel (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1900

>Ives, Charles : The All-enduring
  • Performers: Rob Gardner; J.J. Penna (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1896

>Ives, Charles : Amphion, song for voice & piano, S. 210 (K. 6B24a)
  • Performers: Douglas Dickson (Piano); Sara Jakubiak (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1896

>Ives, Charles : Ann Street
  • Performers: Eric Trudel (Piano); Leah Wool (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1921

>Ives, Charles : At Parting
  • Performers: Kenneth Tarver (Tenor); Douglas Dickson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1889

>Ives, Charles : At Sea, song for voice & piano, S. 213 (K. 6B63a)
  • Performers: Ian Howell (Countertenor); Douglas Dickson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1912

>Ives, Charles : At the River
  • Performers: Sara Jakubiak (Soprano); Douglas Dickson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1916

>Ives, Charles : August
  • Performers: David Pittsinger (Bass); Eric Trudel (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1920

>Ives, Charles : Autumn, song for voice & piano, S. 217 (K. 6B45)
  • Performers: Douglas Dickson (Piano); Jennifer Cabot (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1907

>Ives, Charles : Because of You, song for voice & piano, S. 218 (K. 6B30)
  • Performers: David Pittsinger (Bass); Eric Trudel (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1898

>Ives, Charles : Because Thou Art, song for voice & piano, S. 219 (K. 6B32a)
  • Performers: David Pittsinger (Bass); Eric Trudel (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1899

>Ives, Charles : Berceuse
  • Performers: Mary Phillips (Mezzo Soprano); J.J. Penna (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1903

>Ives, Charles : The Cage
  • Performers: J.J. Penna (Piano); Rob Gardner
  • Running Time: 1 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1906

>Ives, Charles : The Camp Meeting
  • Performers: David Pittsinger (Bass); Eric Trudel (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1912

>Ives, Charles : Canon :: "Not only in my lady's eyes", song for voice & piano, S. 223 (K. 6B16)
  • Performers: Douglas Dickson (Piano); Kenneth Tarver (Tenor)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1893

>Ives, Charles : Canon :: "Oh! the days are gone, when beauty bright", song for voice & piano, S. 224 (K. 6B20c)
  • Performers: Douglas Dickson (Piano); Sara Jakubiak (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1894

>Ives, Charles : Chanson de Florian, song for voice & piano, S. 225 (K. 6B27b)
  • Performers: J.J. Penna (Piano); Mary Phillips (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1901.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1901

>Ives, Charles : Charlie Rutlage
  • Performers: Patrick Carfizzi (Bass Baritone); Douglas Dickson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1920-1921

>Ives, Charles : The Children's Hour
  • Performers: Eric Trudel (Piano); Leah Wool (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1901

>Ives, Edith Osborne : Christmas Carol, harmonized by Charles E. Ives
  • Performers: Matthew Plenk (Tenor); Eric Trudel (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas

>Ives, Charles : A Christmas Carol
  • Performers: Ian Howell (Countertenor); Douglas Dickson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1894

>Ives, Charles : The Circus Band
  • Performers: Rob Gardner; Eric Trudel (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1899

>Ives, Charles : The Collection
  • Performers: Michael Cavalieri (Baritone); Lielle Berman (Soprano); Frederick Teardo (Organ); Tamara Mumford (Mezzo Soprano); Matthew Plenk (Tenor); Sara Jakubiak (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1920

>Ives, Charles : Country Celestial, song for voice & piano, S. 232 (K. 6B12a)
  • Performers: Leah Wool (Mezzo Soprano); J.J. Penna (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1898

>Ives, Charles : Cradle Song
  • Performers: J.J. Penna (Piano); Mary Phillips (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1919