D’un soir triste (1918)
Yan Pascal Tortelier
What a masterpiece…penned by a French woman only 24 years young, with most of the material originating in earlier years. Tragically, she died shortly after completing it.
Symphony Nº 2 (1901)
III. Adagio cantabile
(ph: Ansel Adams)
One of the most salient facts about Ives’ music is its diversity. There are marches for band and symphonies for orchestra, popular songs and art songs, sincere sentimental songs and wildly satirical ones, serious sonatas and musical jokes, programmatic tone poems and purely abstract compositions, winningly attractive melodies and shocking dissonances, pieces that use common-practice harmony and pieces that invent new harmonic systems … His background gave him the capacity to speak many native languages as a composer. Rather than renounce any of them, he developed the flexibility to use any idiom or combination of idioms that was appropriate to the particular audience and purpose for each piece.
- J. Peter Burkholder
Symphony Nº. 1, A Sea Symphony (1903-1909)
on texts by Walt Whitman
I. A Song for All Seas, All Ships
II. On the Beach at Night, Alone
III. Scherzo: The Waves
IV. Finale: The Explorers
Felicity Lott, Jonathan Summers
London Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus
"He is the only one of my students who does not try to write like me."
- Maurice Ravel
"He was aware of the common aspirations of generations of ordinary men and women with whom he felt a deep, contemplative sympathy. And so there is in his work a fundamental tension between traditional concepts of belief and morality and a modern spiritual anguish which is also visionary.”
- Ursula Vaughan Williams
Introduction / Chant d’amour 1 / Turangalîla 1 / Chant d’amour 2 / Joie du sang des étoiles / Jardin du sommeil d’amour / Turangalîla 2 / Développement d’amour / Turangalîla 3 / Final
Frankfurt Radio Orchestra