Complete Songs, Vol. 3
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Volume three of this major series.

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
He is There!
Mary Ann Hart, mezzo, Dennis Helmrich, piano


Charles Ives, composer
Weil' auf mir
Dora Ohrenstein, soprano, Phillip Bush, piano


Charles Ives, composer
The Cage
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


Charles Ives, composer
My Native Land
Mary Ann Hart, mezzo, Dennis Helmrich, piano


Charles Ives, composer
The Childrens' Hour
Mary Ann Hart, mezzo, Dennis Helmrich, piano


Charles Ives, composer
Old Home Day
William Sharp, baritone, Steven Blier, piano


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


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


Charles Ives, composer
The See'r
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


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


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


Charles Ives, composer
Walt Whitman
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


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


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


Charles Ives, composer
A Farewell to Land
Dora Ohrenstein, soprano, Phillip Bush, piano


Charles Ives, composer
Luck and Work
William Sharp, baritone, Steven Blier, piano


Charles Ives, composer
Camp Meeting
Mary Ann Hart, mezzo, Dennis Helmrich, piano


Charles Ives, composer
Charlie Rutlage
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


Charles Ives, composer
His Exaltation
William Sharp, baritone, Steven Blier, piano


Charles Ives, composer
Watchman!
Mary Ann Hart, mezzo, Dennis Helmrich, piano


Charles Ives, composer
Vote for Names
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


Charles Ives, composer
from "Lincoln the Great Commoner"
William Sharp, baritone, Steven Blier, piano


Charles Ives, composer
Like a Sick Eagle
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


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


Charles Ives, composer
At the River
William Sharp, baritone, Steven Blier, piano


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


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


Charles Ives, composer
General William Booth Enters Into Heaven
William Sharp, baritone, Steven Blier, piano


Charles Ives, composer
To Edith
Dora Ohrenstein, soprano, Phillip Bush, piano


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


Charles Ives, composer
The New River
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


Charles Ives, composer
Down East
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


Charles Ives, composer
The Things Our Fathers Loved
Mary Ann Hart, mezzo, Dennis Helmrich, piano


Charles Ives, composer
In Flanders Fields
William Sharp, baritone, Steven Blier, piano


Charles Ives, composer
Tom Sails Away
William Sharp, baritone, Steven Blier, piano


Charles Ives, composer
They Are There
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano

Review:
"Albany is to be commended for recording complete and in roughly chronological order the 150 songs of Charles Ives....I think the decision to spread the songs among several voices is a wise one. The variety of voices helps avoid monotony....The songs vary from simple to polytonal and-or polyrhythmic. Many are wickedly humorous and satirical, while others are romantic. On editorial orders, I'll forgo further detail except to say that this is a most desirable disc." (American Record Guide)
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