Complete Songs, Vol. 1
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An important addition to the recorded discography of this most important 20th Century American composer.

Charles Edward Ives (1874-1954) was a prolific composer of orchestral, instrumental, and vocal music. He composed more songs than any other type of music. In four volumes, four singers accompanied by their individual pianists, present more than 150 songs chronologically, the first recording of the complete songs of Charles Ives. Ives authorized transposition of them, so they can be sung by all voices. This amazing body of work from a musician who was also an inventive and successful insurance executive, span the 35 years of Ives's compositional life, mirroring the many facets of his character: tenderness, humor, disapproval of hypocrisy and sham, nostalgia, Americanism, Yankeeism, religion, socialism, love of nature. Some of the songs are extremely difficult; others are simpler; few can be picked up and read right off. They resemble a workshop filled with Ives's ideas, fragmentary or extended. Most were published in 114 Songs - the book compiled, published, and distributed at Ives's own expense in 1922; others were composed "post-114," among them Peaks, Yellow Leaves, The One Way, A Sea Dirge and In the Mornin'. The Ives oeuvre is substantial, and his output in songs alone is richer and more fulsome by far than might be expected from any career, let alone a curtailed one. This four volume set of the complete songs of Charles Ives is a major contribution toward the understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of one of the greatest song collections in the history of music.
Contents:
Charles Ives, composer
Slow March
William Sharp, baritone, Steven Blier, piano


Charles Ives, composer
There is a Certain Garden
Mary Ann Hart, mezzo, Dennis Helmrich, piano


Charles Ives, composer
In Autumn
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


Charles Ives, composer
Friendship
Dora Ohrenstein, soprano, Phillip Bush, piano


Charles Ives, composer
A Song for Anything
William Sharp, baritone, Steven Blier, piano


Charles Ives, composer
Canon
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


Charles Ives, composer
Rock of Ages
Mary Ann Hart, mezzo, Dennis Helmrich, piano


Charles Ives, composer
Ballad from Rosamunde
Dora Ohrenstein, soprano, Phillip Bush, piano


Charles Ives, composer
At Parting
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


Charles Ives, composer
Circus Band
William Sharp, baritone, Steven Blier, piano


Charles Ives, composer
When Stars are in the Quiet Skies
Mary Ann Hart, mezzo, Dennis Helmrich, piano


Charles Ives, composer
Mirage
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


Charles Ives, composer
An Old Flame
William Sharp, baritone, Steven Blier, piano


Charles Ives, composer
Qu'il m'irait bien
Dora Ohrenstein, soprano, Phillip Bush, piano


Charles Ives, composer
Chanson de Florian
Mary Ann Hart, mezzo, Dennis Helmrich, piano


Charles Ives, composer
My Native Land
William Sharp, baritone, Steven Blier, piano


Charles Ives, composer
World's Wanderers
Dora Ohrenstein, soprano, Phillip Bush, piano


Charles Ives, composer
Abide with Me
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


Charles Ives, composer
Christmas Carol
William Sharp, baritone, Steven Blier, piano


Charles Ives, composer
Scotch Lullaby
Dora Ohrenstein, soprano, Phillip Bush, piano


Charles Ives, composer
Through Night and Day
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


Charles Ives, composer
A Perfect Day
Dora Ohrenstein, soprano, Phillip Bush, piano


Charles Ives, composer
A Night Song
Mary Ann Hart, mezzo, Dennis Helmrich, piano


Charles Ives, composer
In the Alley
William Sharp, baritone, Steven Blier, piano


Charles Ives, composer
My Lou Jennine
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


Charles Ives, composer
William Will
William Sharp, baritone, Steven Blier, piano


Charles Ives, composer
from "Amphion"
Mary Ann Hart, mezzo, Dennis Helmrich, piano


Charles Ives, composer
Nature's Way
Dora Ohrenstein, soprano, Phillip Bush, piano


Charles Ives, composer
Far from my Heavenly Home
Mary Ann Hart, mezzo, Dennis Helmrich, piano


Charles Ives, composer
Ein Ton
Dora Ohrenstein, soprano, Phillip Bush, piano


Charles Ives, composer
Marie
William Sharp, baritone, Steven Blier, piano


Charles Ives, composer
Song
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


Charles Ives, composer
Memories
Dora Ohrenstein, soprano, Phillip Bush, piano


Charles Ives, composer
Waltz
William Sharp, baritone, Steven Blier, piano


Charles Ives, composer
Songs My Mother Taught Me
Mary Ann Hart, mezzo, Dennis Helmrich, piano


Charles Ives, composer
Son of a Gambolier
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano

Review:
"...The complete set will take a while to record and will probably fill at least six discs. That may be a bit more than the average nonspecialized listener needs, but making this material readily available is an incalculable service to American music." (Washington Post)
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