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Pierre-Laurent Aimard: The Warner Recordings (2012) 6 CD Box Set

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Pierre-Laurent Aimard: The Warner Recordings (2012) 6 CD Box Set

Pierre-Laurent Aimard: The Warner Recordings (2012) 6 CD Box Set
Debussy, Ravel, Boulez, Berg, Ives, Messiaen, Ligeti, Carter, Beethoven, Liszt

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.2 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 973 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 2564 66044-8 | Time: 07:03:59

Released between 1991 and 2005, the selections in The Warner Recordings encapsulate the period when Pierre-Laurent Aimard was signed to Erato and Teldec, performing mostly 20th-century fare and some music from the 19th century. Aimard is famous for his contributions to the modernist catalog, and his performances of works by Pierre Boulez, Elliott Carter, György Ligeti, and Olivier Messiaen are regarded as scrupulously executed and authoritatively interpreted. Aimard also recorded early 20th century pieces by Charles Ives, Alban Berg, Maurice Ravel, and Claude Debussy, as well as Romantic masterpieces of Beethoven and Liszt. A pianist's pianist, Aimard is well-rounded in his repertoire and a true master of keyboard technique, yet he has received considerably less fanfare than many of his flashier colleagues. Yet connoisseurs of piano recordings know that Aimard is indispensible, especially for his special feeling for French music, and his recordings are important documents that serious students and newcomers should appreciate.

Escher String Quartet - Barber & Ives: String Quartets (2021)

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Escher String Quartet - Barber & Ives: String Quartets (2021)

Escher String Quartet - Barber & Ives: String Quartets (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 350 Mb | Total time: 74:15 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-SACD-2360 | Recorded: 2019

Previous releases from the New York-based Escher Quartet include an acclaimed set of Mendelsohn’s six string quartets as well as an album with works by Dvořák, Tchaikovsky and Borodin. For their latest offering the members have looked closer to home, however, choosing to combine the quartets by Samuel Barber and Charles Ives. The disc opens with Barber’s String Quartet in B minor, containing the music for which the composer remains best-known: the second movement which he two years later expanded into Adagio for Strings. Recognizing its potential already while composing it, Barber described the piece as ‘a knock-out’ – which made it all the more difficult to come up with a third movement worthy to follow it.

Ruby Hughes, Joseph Middleton - Songs for New Life and Love: Mahler, Ives, Grime (2021)

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Ruby Hughes, Joseph Middleton - Songs for New Life and Love: Mahler, Ives, Grime (2021)

Ruby Hughes, Joseph Middleton - Songs for New Life and Love: Mahler, Ives, Grime (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 231 Mb | Total time: 74:12 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-SACD-2468 | Recorded: 2019

After appearing on a quartet of very different BIS releases, ranging from early baroque arias to orchestral songs by Alban Berg and Mahler’s ‘Resurrection Symphony’, the British soprano Ruby Hughes has devised a song recital, together with her regular Lieder partner Joseph Middleton. The process began in 2018 when the two gave the world première of Helen Grime’s Bright Travellers, a set of five poems charting the interior and exterior worlds of pregnancy and motherhood. Ruby Hughes soon set about planning a programme which would converge with Grime’s music and the themes of new life and of love in all its aspects.

Leonard Bernstein - Gershwin: An American in Paris; Rhapsody in Blu; Ives: Symphony No.2 (2008/1976)

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Leonard Bernstein - Gershwin: An American in Paris; Rhapsody in Blu; Ives: Symphony No.2 (2008/1976)

Leonard Bernstein, New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks - Gershwin: An American in Paris; Rhapsody in Blu; Ives: Symphony No.2 (2008/1976)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.53 Gb (DVD9) | 110 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon

“An indispensable DVD. To watch Bernstein conduct these supreme masterpieces of American music is a joy and a privilege in itself…there is an authentically spontaneous command of idiom here; Bernstein is both a superb soloist and conductor in the Rhapsody and the New Yorkers respond in a proprietorial way.” Penguin Guide

Ingo Metzmacher, Bamberger Symphoniker - Ives: Robert Browning Overture; Hartmann: Symphonie No.3 (1995)

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Ingo Metzmacher, Bamberger Symphoniker - Ives: Robert Browning Overture;  Hartmann: Symphonie No.3 (1995)

Ingo Metzmacher, Bamberger Symphoniker - Charles Ives: Robert Browning Overture; Karl Amadeus Hartmann: Symphonie No.3 (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 196 Mb | Total time: 51:59 | Scans included
Classical | EMI Classics | # 5 55254 2 | Recorded: 1994

This recording offers impassioned, clear, and intelligent presentations of two little-known but impressive pieces of earlier twentieth century music.

The Sixteen, BBC Philharmonic, Harry Christophers - A la Gloire de Dieu: Works by Ives, Stravinsky, Tippett & Poulenc (1995)

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The Sixteen, BBC Philharmonic, Harry Christophers - A la Gloire de Dieu: Works by Ives, Stravinsky, Tippett & Poulenc (1995)

À la Gloire de Dieu: Works by Ives, Stravinsky, Tippett & Poulenc (1995)
The Sixteen; BBC Philharmonic; Harry Christophers, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 212 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 156 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: Collins | # 14462 | Time: 01:03:15

The Sixteen, bright stars of the Baroque, have plenty to say on 20th-century repertoire (witness their excellent Britten series on Collins). Underpin them with the BBC Philharmonic and it might seem a magic formula. Ives’s unearthly The Unanswered Question holds few problems for instrumental players weaned on Maxwell Davies – no more than do the brilliant wind roulades of Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms. Deft BBC teamwork and a chamber articulation to woodwind and brass helps this Koussevitzky-commissioned masterpiece to shed its often hammy ‘big band’ sound, creeping closer to the subtle, leaner sonorities of his later choral works. It gains. The singing varies. Too many dynamic shifts sound prosaic or under-prepared; fortes are forced, with muddy results. The vocal blend (happier in lower voices) can seem haphazard and colours the Tippett, where the men’s roars – contrast the lovely, sensual soprano solo – seem crude. Get this disc, instead, for the rare, late Poulenc – his New York-commissioned Sept répons. It is a curiously under-recorded devotional work, bleeding with pathos yet pumping energy, its exoticism enhanced by slightly breathy, tender solos, and scintillatingly sung with just those crucial missing qualities of awe and freshness. A million times more refined than what goes before.

Joanna MacGregor - Charles Ives: Piano Sonata No.1; Samuel Barber: Piano Sonata, Op.26; Excursions, Op.20 (1991)

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Joanna MacGregor - Charles Ives: Piano Sonata No.1; Samuel Barber: Piano Sonata, Op.26; Excursions, Op.20 (1991)

Joanna MacGregor - Charles Ives: Piano Sonata No.1;
Samuel Barber: Piano Sonata, Op.26; Excursions, Op.20 (1991)

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 202 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 163 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Collins Classics | # 11072 | Time: 01:08:03

Older Ives enthusiasts may recall the First Piano Sonata in performances by William Masselos who played the work for the first time in 1954, the year the composer died. Odd, but familiar in Ives, for such a masterpiece to have to wait 45 years to be heard! Masselos made two recordings (nla) which established the character of this richly inventive work. The one by Noel Lee (on a Nonesuch LP—only available in the USA) made in the late 1960s is almost as impressive. Joanna MacGregor's recording is now a landmark since there is effectively no competition in the British catalogue: DJF found little to recommend in John Jensen's performance on Music and Arts (9/90) so it is best to compare MacGregor, who is certainly busy in the recording studios these days, with these earlier Americans.

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon [55CDs] Part 6 (2021)

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Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon [55CDs] Part 6 (2021)

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon [55CDs] Part 6 (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.26 Gb | Total time: 05:04:48 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 483 9948 | Recorded: 1982-2018

Anticipating the 50th anniversary of Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in 2022, we present their complete recordings on DG. The intriguing sound culture of Orpheus, especially of the string section, is often explained as a result of the cooperative mindset of the orchestra and its artistic process of rehearsing.

Kronos Quartet - Black Angels (1990) [Re-Up]

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Kronos Quartet - Black Angels (1990) [Re-Up]

Kronos Quartet - Black Angels (1990)
George Crumb, Thomas Tallis, István Mártha, Charles Ives, Dmitri Shostakovich

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 243 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 149 Mb | Scans included
Label: Nonesuch/Elektra | # 7559-79242-2 | Time: 01:01:39
Classical, Contemporary, Avant-Garde

This disc is supposed to hurt. Just look at the program: it starts with Crumb's Black Angels for electric string quartet, a work that is the aural equivalent of Coppola's Apocalypse Now, and ends with Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 8, a work that is either the aural equivalent of a monument to the victims of war and fascism written in the ruins of Dresden or the musical equivalent of a suicide note written before the composer joined the Communist Party. With the spooky and evocative performances of Thomas Tallis Spem in Alium, Istvan Marta's Doom. A Sigh, and Charles Ives' There They Are!, this disc is so painful it could be the soundtrack for an unmade Kubrick movie. The question is, is this disc supposed to hurt so much? The Kronos Quartet is a harsh and aggressive ensemble with an angular approach to rhythm and structure and an overwhelming need to assert its individual and collective identity.

Joonas Ahonen - Ives: Piano Sonata No.1, Three-Page Sonata; Gander: Peter Parker (2021)

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Joonas Ahonen - Ives: Piano Sonata No.1, Three-Page Sonata; Gander: Peter Parker (2021)

Joonas Ahonen - Ives: Piano Sonata No.1, Three-Page Sonata; Gander: Peter Parker (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 207 Mb | Total time: 61:27 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-SACD-2409 | Recorded: 2019

The Piano Sonata No. 2 ("Concord") of Charles Ives has tended to overshadow its predecessor, and it's no accident that pianist Joonas Ahonen chose to record that one first. The Piano Sonata No. 1, begun in 1901, represented an underappreciated breakthrough for Ives, even if he did continue to tinker with it into the 1920s. The work encompasses the polyphonic weaving of many strands of American music that would occupy Ives for much of his mature compositional life. Although the composer described it as inspired by "Impressions, Remembrances, & Reflections of Country Farmers in Conn.[ecticut] Farmland," it might better be described as a dialogue between country and city, with Protestant hymns set against and sometimes merged with a ragtime pulse as strong as any elsewhere in Ives' music.

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis - Charles Ives: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 (2016) [Re-Up]

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Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis - Charles Ives: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 (2016) [Re-Up]

Charles Ives: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 (2016)
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 267 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 173 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHSA 5163 | Time: 01:12:27

In this second volume, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and its chief conductor Sir Andrew Davis play some of the most characteristic pieces of Charles Ives, an insurance salesman by trade and one of the most precociously original of all American composers.

Joonas Ahonen, Pekka Kuusisto - Charles Ives: Piano Sonata No.2 'Concord' & Violin Sonata No.4 (2017) [Re-Up]

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Joonas Ahonen, Pekka Kuusisto - Charles Ives: Piano Sonata No.2 'Concord' & Violin Sonata No.4 (2017) [Re-Up]

Charles Ives - Piano Sonata No.2 & Violin Sonata No.4 (2017)
'Concord' & 'Children’s Day at the Camp Meeting'
Joonas Ahonen (piano) & Pekka Kuusisto (violin)

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 199 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 142 Mb | Artwork included
Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-2249 SACD | Time: 00:58:55

Charles Ives’s ‘Concord Sonata’ is often described as one of the greatest of American piano works. Published in 1920, at the composer’s own expense, it contains radical experiments in harmony and rhythm and would have to wait until 1939 for its first public performance. In the course of its four movements, Ives depicts some of the famous inhabitants of the small town of Concord in Massachusetts, a centre of the mid-19th century transcendentalism movement. Luminaries of the movement such as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau are alluded to in various ways in music that includes references to Beethoven, religious and patriotic hymns and circus marches, as well as brief ‘guest appearances’ by a viola and a flute. Lasting 47 minutes on the present recording, Ives’s second piano sonata is a massive work of a staggering complexity, and a true challenge for any performer – a challenge more than readily accepted by the young Finnish pianist Joonas Ahonen, who has previously recorded Ligeti’s piano concerto for BIS.

Sir Andrew Davis, Melbourne SO - Charles Ives: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 (2015)

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Sir Andrew Davis, Melbourne SO - Charles Ives: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 (2015)

Charles Ives - Orchestral Works, Vol. 1: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 (2015)
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 310 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHSA 5152 | Time: 01:17:27

Charles Ives composed his first two symphonies between 1897 and 1902, but they weren't performed until a half-century later, when Leonard Bernstein premiered the Symphony No. 2 in 1951, and Richard Bales conducted the Symphony No. 1 in 1953. The contrasts between the two symphonies are striking, since the First was a student work, composed in emulation of the European tradition, while the Second was more idiosyncratic in the use of hymn tunes, folk songs, and other Americana, all developed in a freewheeling manner that reflected Ives' eclectic musical upbringing. This 2015 hybrid SACD by Andrew Davis and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra is a straightforward presentation of both works, side-by-side, and their differences are highlighted in the styles of playing.

Tamara Stefanovich - Influences: Ives, Bartok, Messiaen, Bach (2019)

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Tamara Stefanovich - Influences: Ives, Bartok, Messiaen, Bach (2019)

Tamara Stefanovich - Influences: Ives, Bartok, Messiaen, Bach (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 264 Mb | Total time: 79:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Pentatone ‎| # PTC5186741 | Recorded: 2018

On her first Pentatone album, pianist Tamara Stefanovich presents a highly personal selection of solo works by Bach, Bartók, Ives and Messiaen. Influences shows how these extraordinarily original and idiosyncratic composers let themselves be inspired by the exterior world, thereby demonstrating how authenticity comes from looking outside as well as inside. The repertoire spans from Bach's embrace of Italian musical elements in his Aria variata alla maniera italiana, Bartók's incorporation of folk elements in his Improvisations on Hungarian Peasant Songs, and Messiaen's use of Hindu rhythms in Cantéyodjayâ to the collage of marching bands, sounds of trains and machinery, church hymns, ragtime and blues in Ives' first piano sonata.