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Re: Charles Ives
« Reply #500 on: May 08, 2017, 05:28:45 PM »
I definitely prefer the the LP cover art!


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« Reply #501 on: May 09, 2017, 02:29:07 AM »

This one is still one of my favorite LP covers.

The first time I bought it, it looked like this:


Then, when I re-acquired it on CD, it rather bizarrely looked like this:

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Re: Charles Ives
« Reply #502 on: June 14, 2017, 08:36:22 PM »
Grandpappa Ives is a true innovator that sat cleverly on the borderline between truly radical, true modernism (as I've said before, foreshadowing elements that Darmstadt where using far more extremely later on) and late-romanticism. Generally being often in the middle of a quite pastoral american composer and a fun, early jazz induced fun-loving party animal. But at times in Three Places, Symphony no 4, Concord etc. there are brief glimpses of the future, I'm sure.

Plus Ives IS always fun!


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Re: Charles Ives
« Reply #503 on: July 14, 2017, 01:32:52 PM »
Speaking of Ives: can anyone give an opinion on Ludovic Morlot's Ives from Seattle? He's done (I think) 3 of the 4 symphonies with that orchestra.

I finally got this disc:



My initial impression is that this is a really first-rate collection. The Seattle orchestra plays tremendously, and the sonics are really good, detailed and expansive, which is what you need for music like this.

I haven't heard a lot of competing versions of these works, but I was able to compare Morlot in the 3rd Symphony and the 2 brief tone poems to the classic Bernstein LP of these works. In every case I prefer Morlot's version. Especially I like his slow, drawn-out tempo for The Unanswered Question, which makes it sound much more cosmic and mystical than Bernstein's rather blunt version.

The symphony comes off very well, a bit soft around the edges, but this seems to fit, as it's Ives in relatively restrained, nostalgic mood. Someone up above referred to the long, lingering ringing of the bells at the end - this is a really nice effect.

The 4th Symphony sounds terrific too - pretty much the equal of the MTT/CSO recording, which I've had for years.

In short, this is one of the best Ives orchestral discs I've heard.
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Re: Charles Ives
« Reply #504 on: November 09, 2017, 03:27:47 AM »
Latest on Forbes.com

Classical CD Of The Week: Alexei Lubimov Supreme In Ives, Webern, Berg

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jenslaurson/2017/11/08/classical-cd-of-the-week-alexei-lubimov-supreme-in-ives-webern-berg/



I finally got this disc:



My initial impression is that this is a really first-rate collection. The Seattle orchestra plays tremendously, and the sonics are really good, detailed and expansive, which is what you need for music like this.

I haven't heard a lot of competing versions of these works, but I was able to compare Morlot in the 3rd Symphony and the 2 brief tone poems to the classic Bernstein LP of these works. In every case I prefer Morlot's version. Especially I like his slow, drawn-out tempo for The Unanswered Question, which makes it sound much more cosmic and mystical than Bernstein's rather blunt version.

The symphony comes off very well, a bit soft around the edges, but this seems to fit, as it's Ives in relatively restrained, nostalgic mood. Someone up above referred to the long, lingering ringing of the bells at the end - this is a really nice effect.

The 4th Symphony sounds terrific too - pretty much the equal of the MTT/CSO recording, which I've had for years.

In short, this is one of the best Ives orchestral discs I've heard.

Would be interested what you think of this disc:

The 10 Best Classical Recordings Of 2016

#5 Ives:

http://bit.ly/Forbes_Best_Classical_Recordings_2016_New



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