Complete Songs, Vol. 2
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The second volume of this innovator's complete songs.

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
I Travelled among Unknown Men
William Sharp, baritone, Steven Blier, piano


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


Charles Ives, composer
Feldeninsamkeit
Mary Ann Hart, mezzo, Dennis Helmrich, piano


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


Charles Ives, composer
The Light that is Felt
William Sharp, baritone, Steven Blier, piano


Charles Ives, composer
Du alte Mutter
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


Charles Ives, composer
God Bless and Keep Thee
Mary Ann Hart, mezzo, Dennis Helmrich, piano


Charles Ives, composer
Du alte Mutter
William Sharp, baritone, Steven Blier, piano


Charles Ives, composer
Slugging a Vampire
Mary Ann Hart, mezzo, Dennis Helmrich, piano


Charles Ives, composer
Tarrant Moss
William Sharp, baritone, Steven Blier, piano


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


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


Charles Ives, composer
The World's Highway
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


Charles Ives, composer
Because of You
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


Charles Ives, composer
Romanzo di Central Park
Dora Ohrenstein, soprano, Phillip Bush, piano


Charles Ives, composer
Because Thou Art
Mary Ann Hart, mezzo, Dennis Helmrich, piano


Charles Ives, composer
I Knew and Loved a Maid
William Sharp, baritone, Steven Blier, piano


Charles Ives, composer
Her Gown was of Vermilion Silk
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


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


Charles Ives, composer
Spring Song
Dora Ohrenstein, soprano, Phillip Bush, piano


Charles Ives, composer
Ich Grolle Nicht
Mary Ann Hart, mezzo, Dennis Helmrich, piano


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


Charles Ives, composer
We Melodien
Mary Ann Hart, mezzo, Dennis Helmrich, piano


Charles Ives, composer
There is a Lane
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


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


Charles Ives, composer
Evidence
Mary Ann Hart, mezzo, Dennis Helmrich, piano


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


Charles Ives, composer
Rough Wind
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


Charles Ives, composer
South Wind
Mary Ann Hart, mezzo, Dennis Helmrich, piano


Charles Ives, composer
No More
Dora Ohrenstein, soprano, Phillip Bush, piano


Charles Ives, composer
On Judge's Walk
Mary Ann Hart, mezzo, Dennis Helmrich, piano


Charles Ives, composer
A Night Thought
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


Charles Ives, composer
Song of the Dead
William Sharp, baritone, Steven Blier, piano


Charles Ives, composer
Where the Eagle
Dora Ohrenstein, soprano, Phillip Bush, piano


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


Charles Ives, composer
The Love Song of Har Dyal
Dora Ohrenstein, soprano, Phillip Bush, piano


Charles Ives, composer
Omens and Oracles
Mary Ann Hart, mezzo, Dennis Helmrich, piano


Charles Ives, composer
Those Evening Bells
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


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

Review:
"Ives wrote lots of songs, ranging from parlor numbers redolent of 19th Century sentimentality (often using his wife-to-be's poems) to avant-garde explosions. Three cheers for Albany for recording them all on 4 projected CDs. This is Volume II....Libraries should acquire this series, as should Ives groupies." (Classical CD Scout)
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