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Ives: Symphonies & Orchestral Sets 1 & 2

Charles Ives , Zubin Mehta , Christoph von Dohnanyi , Neville Marriner , Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra , et al. Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Academy of St Martin in the Fields
  • Conductor: Zubin Mehta, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Neville Marriner
  • Composer: Charles Ives
  • Audio CD (24 Mar 2011)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B00004TTIK
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,035 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Charles Ives: Symphony No.1 - 1. AllegroLos Angeles Philharmonic11:28Album Only
Listen  2. Charles Ives: Symphony No.1 - 2. Adagio molto (sostenuto)Los Angeles Philharmonic 7:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Charles Ives: Symphony No.1 - 3. Scherzo: VivaceLos Angeles Philharmonic 4:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Charles Ives: Symphony No.1 - 4. Allegro moltoLos Angeles Philharmonic 6:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Charles Ives: Symphony No.4 - 1. Prelude (Walt Whitman)The Cleveland Orchestra Chorus 3:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Charles Ives: Symphony No.4 - 2. AllegrettoCleveland Orchestra12:43Album Only
Listen  7. Charles Ives: Symphony No.4 - 3. Fugue. Andante moderatoCleveland Orchestra 8:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Charles Ives: Symphony No.4 - 4. Very slowly - Largo maestosoThe Cleveland Orchestra Chorus 8:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Charles Ives: Orchestral Set No.2 - 1. An Elegy to our ForefathersCleveland Orchestra 3:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Charles Ives: Orchestral Set No.2 - 2. The Rockstrewn Hills...Cleveland Orchestra 4:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Charles Ives: Orchestral Set No.2 - 3. From Hanover Square North...The Cleveland Orchestra Chorus 7:29£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Charles Ives: Symphony No.2 - 1. Andante moderatoLos Angeles Philharmonic 5:51£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Charles Ives: Symphony No.2 - 2. AllegroLos Angeles Philharmonic10:27Album Only
Listen  3. Charles Ives: Symphony No.2 - 3. Adagio cantabileLos Angeles Philharmonic 9:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Charles Ives: Symphony No.2 - 4. Lento maestosoLos Angeles Philharmonic 2:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Charles Ives: Symphony No.2 - 5. Allegro molto vivaceLos Angeles Philharmonic 8:53£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Ives: Symphony No.3 - "The Camp Meeting" - 1. Old Folks Gatherin' (Andante maestoso)Academy of St. Martin in the Fields 7:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Ives: Symphony No.3 - "The Camp Meeting" - 2. Children's Day (Allegro moderato)Academy of St. Martin in the Fields 7:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Ives: Symphony No.3 - "The Camp Meeting" - 3. Communion (Largo)Academy of St. Martin in the Fields 6:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Charles Ives: 3 Places in New England - 1. The "St. Gaudens" in Boston Common (Col. Shaw and his Colored Regiment)Cleveland Orchestra 9:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Charles Ives: 3 Places in New England - 2. Putnam's Camp, Redding, ConnecticutCleveland Orchestra 6:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Charles Ives: 3 Places in New England - 3. From "The Housatonic at Stockbridge" by Robert Underwood JohnsonCleveland Orchestra 4:03£0.79  Buy MP3 


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DEC 4667452; DECCA - Inghilterra; Classica Orchestrale

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spot the Raspberry 1 July 2013
By Mr. A. R. Boyes TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Let's be clear: this is a generally fabulous introduction to Ives' orchestral music. I should point out too that this is the review of the MP3 download specifically because of one tiny glitsch.

Included with the Four Symphonies are his first two orchestral sets and they receive fine and vivid performances. These are the fuller orchestrated versions though Second movement of set two does include a chorus in some other versions. This is still a particularly impressive rendition of this set, which doesn't deserve to be less well known than the First "Three Places In New England"; what a remarkable movement "Hannover Square" is - an incredible portrayal of shock, grief and community captured to its full potential here though I do find the completely one sided sound at the beginning disorientating when played on headphones.

The two performances quite deliberately give equal weighting to each of the layers of music that Ives wrote in these pieces. Whilst you may crave to hold one melodic line to carry you through the pieces this more equally weighted approach works particularly well throughout the second set and in the "Housatonic" finale of the first - it sounds quite magical there. These come across as more impressionistic works but with none of the detail lost - quite the contrary.

The First Symphony fairs well despite its cuts but there are better alternatives elsewhere. Despite it being a student work Ives was already determinedly breaking academic rules around tonal progression so it's a work of considerable interest even if it isn't a the pinnacle of his achievements.

Now we come to the Second: a popular work that crams as much vernacular material as Ives dared at the time. Of course he moved far beyond that later.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ives 25 Feb 2012
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Good recording,a fine orchestra and great music with an interesting slant on things.All ordered and received with excellent speed.A good package.
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4 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ives with an melody 31 Mar 2010
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Ives is one of a kind, and this CD set has some beautiful music.Some of the pieces are a wee bit atonal to i-v chord buffs, but for those who are open to more, Ives is up there with them all.Beautiful recordings and a fab orchestra to boot, buy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great set 18 Aug 2003
By Joe Barron - Published on Amazon.com
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Ives' four symphonies beautifully summarize his growth as composer. Unlike Brahms' four, they are not all fully mature works. Each one freezes a moment in his development. The first is student work, much in the manner of Dvorak and Tchaikovsky (with paraphrases of each), and the most vibrant American symphony written to that time. The Second does what many musical nationalists of Ives' day thought an American symphony should do -- apply native themes to European models, but as much fun as the result is, it was a dead end for the composer, and he never attempted anything like it again. Mehta and the LA Philharmonic give energetic and fully romantic readings of each, which came as a pleasant surprise to a long-time Ives fan who thought he'd heard all these works have to offer.

The Third comes closer to the mark. It consists of American themes woven together with ingenious counterpoint into wholly original forms. It is a jewel, and just the kind of pretty, low-key piece that brings out the best in Neville Marriner and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.

The Fourth is the masterpiece, the work Ives struggled toward all his life. Dohnanyi and the Cleveland Orchestra do a creditable job that stands up well to the competition from Stokowski and Tilson Thomas. I especially liked the engineering in the second and fourth movements, which captures some details others don't. (I'd never heard the wind machine before.)

As a bonus, you also get Ives' great orchestral sets, both in fine performances with Dohnanyi. The No. 1, better known as Three Places in New England, is the more famous, but the Second is sublime.

This reasonably priced set is a great, convenient way to acquire some of Ives' best music all at once.
31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 11 Oct 2003
By Sungu Okan - Published on Amazon.com
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This 2-CD set is really good, and contains his complete numbered symphonies (except, Holidays Symphony [No. 5]) and Orchestral Sets...
First Symphony (D minor!) is a study work, written in school years, so he didn't abandon the principles of harmony(!)
Second Symphony (F Major, except the last chord of music!) contains themes of some famous composers (Bach, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Dvorak) and last chord is hysterical of course...
Third Symphony is a winner of Pulitzer, and written for a chamber orchestra
And Fourth Symphony is one of the best compositions by Ives.
Especially 2nd movement is terrific...He used some popular tunes and marches of USA (as usual!) and divide 2 part to the all orchestra. Even so, this movement requires two conductors for orchestra only (!). Orchestration is amazing (ex. quarter-tone piano, more two normal pianos, bells, gongs, large woodwinds, 6 horns, 6 trumpets, 4 trombones, 2 tubas etc...) and choir requires...
All performers are very good. Especially Dohnanyi and his Cleveland Orchestra (in 4th Sym.), Zubin Mehta and his Los Angeles PO (in 2nd Symphony) are excellent...
In other words, this set is a must have for all Ives fans.
Highly recommended...
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Music 13 May 2001
By Reader - Published on Amazon.com
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I agree with Daniel. I, too, had been looking for a compilation of all of Ives' Symphonies, to no avail. Thankfully, Decca has released this gorgeous compilation of Ives' four symphonies, as well as including two orchestral sets.
Ives was a genius at creating uniquely beautiful harmony. And this impeccable set of recordings is a must for any Ives admirer.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent performances 19 May 2011
By Alexandre Dufresne - Published on Amazon.com
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This 2CD set contains recordings by the Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic and Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. All three of these orchestras are well known and have great reputations.

While I am generally not a fan of Charles Ives music, the fact this 2cd set gets such good reviews and contains performances by the Cleveland Orchestra prompted me to give it a try. Though my opinion of Ives as a 2nd tier composer did not change after listening to this disc, I will admit that the compositions were all well played and conducted, with the "3 Places in New England" being my favorite. Dohnanyi and the Cleveland Orchestra delivered a top notch performance, one that would compare favorably to the Eugene Ormandy version on Sony.

If you are like me and want just a brief overview or sampling or Charles Ives, then this 2CD set would be a great starting point. Even if you never buy another Ives disc again, one might as well sample his work and see what all the fuss is about.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ives Is Gaining New A 3 Feb 2013
By Dale - Published on Amazon.com
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American composer Charles Ives has, for many years, been overlooked (even condescended to) as a valued composer of American classical music. The fact that the L.A. Philharmonic and other top-rate orchestras are beginning to take a fresh look at his work is testimony to his staying power and marketability in the 21st Century. Initially, some of his work may seem simplistic, but as one journeys through each work, one can see how they subtly develop into truly wonderful and colorful musical images of Americana. The L.A. Phil is, of course, one of the world's most adept and technically superior orchestras. The only reason I gave this recording 4 stars is because there appears to some technical "wizardry" such as use of volume limiters and studio-implemented sound compression that tends to distort the inner voicing of the instruments. Nonetheless, this album is a must for all aficianados of Classical Americana.
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