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Thomas Conducts Ives

Thomas Conducts Ives

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Sony Classical’s new release features yet another authoritatively idiomatic interpreter, Michael Tilson Thomas, conducting three great orchestras in the major orchestral and choral works of his compatriot Charles Ives on 4 albums. The recordings featuring the Chicago Symphony and Amsterdam Concertgebouw orchestras date from 1981 to 1989; those with the San Francisco Symphony from 1999. Gramophone called the disc containing Three Places in New England with the San Francisco Symphony “as fine a collection of [Ives’s] songs and short orchestral pieces as I’ve found on one release”. Also from Gramophone: “A stellar performance of the Fourth [Symphony with the Chicago orchestra]. Not only are all the elements in place – no easy feat in itself – but the performance revels in the piece’s American roots, with marches and ragtime passages tossed off with as much apparent simplicity as the piece’s modernist language” and “Tilson Thomas moves through his seasonal year [the “New England Holidays”] with fine flourish that balances the musical fireworks of ‘The Fourth of July’ and the sombre moments of ‘Decoration Day’. [He] is blessed with Chicago’s legendary brass section … and the CSO Chorus under [Margaret] Hillis – about as unapologetically American in their musicality as a conductor could find.” And the Penguin Guide called this last disc “among the most impressive Ives records in the catalogue”.


CD 1
Symphony No. 1
Hymns (quoted by Ives in his Symphony No. 4)
Symphony No. 4
Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus

CD 2
Symphony No. 2
Symphony No. 3 “The Camp Meeting”
Orchestral Set No. 2
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra & Chorus

CD 3
A Symphony: New England Holidays
The Unanswered Question (rev.)
Central Park in the Dark
The Unanswered Question (orig.)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus

CD 4
From the Steeples and the Mountains
The Things Our Fathers Loved
The Pond · Memories · Charlie Rutlage
The Circus Band · Orchestral Set No. 1:
Three Places in New England
In Flanders Fields · They Are There!
Tom Sails Away · Symphony No. 4 (Mvt. III)
Psalm 100 · Serenity
General William Booth Enters into Heaven
The Unanswered Question
Thomas Hampson baritone
San Francisco Symphony & Chorus

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  • Release Specifications

    • Number of Discs: 4
    • Release Date:
    • Label: Sony Masterworks SRM 2
    • UPC/Barcode: 194397883329
    • Item Number: 19439788332