Complete Songs, Vol. 4
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The fourth and final volume of one of America's great innovators' 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
The Innate
William Sharp, baritone, Steven Blier, piano


Charles Ives, composer
The Collection
Dora Ohrenstein, soprano, Phillip Bush, piano


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


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


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


Charles Ives, composer
West London
Dora Ohrenstein, soprano, Phillip Bush, piano


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


Charles Ives, composer
On the Counter
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


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


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


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


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


Charles Ives, composer
Cradle Song
William Sharp, baritone, Steven Blier, piano


Charles Ives, composer
From "Paracelsus"
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


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


Charles Ives, composer
Maple Leaves
Mary Ann Hart, mezzo, Dennis Helmrich, piano


Charles Ives, composer
La F_de
William Sharp, baritone, Steven Blier, piano


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


Charles Ives, composer
Two Slants
Dora Ohrenstein, soprano, Phillip Bush, piano


Charles Ives, composer
From the "Incantation"
Mary Ann Hart, mezzo, Dennis Helmrich, piano


Charles Ives, composer
An Election
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


Charles Ives, composer
At Sea
William Sharp, baritone, Steven Blier, piano


Charles Ives, composer
The Last Reader
Dora Ohrenstein, soprano, Phillip Bush, piano


Charles Ives, composer
The Greatest Man
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


Charles Ives, composer
The Housatonic at Stockbridge
Mary Ann Hart, mezzo, Dennis Helmrich, piano


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


Charles Ives, composer
Two Little Flowers
William Sharp, baritone, Steven Blier, piano


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


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


Charles Ives, composer
Yellow Leaves
Dora Ohrenstein, soprano, Phillip Bush, piano


Charles Ives, composer
Ann Street
William Sharp, baritone, Steven Blier, piano


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


Charles Ives, composer
The White Gulls
William Sharp, baritone, Steven Blier, piano


Charles Ives, composer
1, 2, 3
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


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


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


Charles Ives, composer
The One Way
Dora Ohrenstein, soprano, Phillip Bush, piano


Charles Ives, composer
The Rainbow (So May It Be!)
William Sharp, baritone, Steven Blier, piano


Charles Ives, composer
The Side Show
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


Charles Ives, composer
A Sea Dirge
Dora Ohrenstein, soprano, Phillip Bush, piano


Charles Ives, composer
In the Mornin'
Mary Ann Hart, mezzo, Dennis Helmrich, piano

Review:
"It is with a mix of sadness and joy that we welcome the fourth volume in the projected recordings of the complete songs of Charles Ives in chronological order - joy because the entirety of the composer's song literature is now available on CD and sadness that there are no more volumes to arrive... congratulations to all performers and to Albany Records on the completion of an outstanding project. The entire set is strongly recommended." (NATS Journal)
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