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Ingo Metzmacher|A Portrait of Charles Ives

A Portrait of Charles Ives

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Charles Ives, working as an insurance executive by day and a composer by night for all the years of his artistic career, produced relatively few large-scale works in long forms: two piano sonatas, four violin sonatas, four symphonies, a cantata, and an overture. Most of his music is in short forms, such as songs and brief piano or orchestral chamber music works, and even some major works are really collections of individual movements written at different times. One of Europe's leading dedicated new music groups, Ensemble Modern, here presents a fine selection of 26 of these short pieces, including five of the songs, the instrumental versions of several other songs, and two of the composer's "Sets." The whole production is a model of its type. The playing is outstanding. Where the primary interest of a piece is the sonic experimentation (for instance, in All the Way Around and Back, and the two extant Tone Roads), the Ensemble plays with precision and clarity. Where there is an emotional content to the music (Like a Sick Eagle, The Ruined River, or The Pond (Remembrance)) it is there. Baritone Henry Herford (already having completed a fine set of all Ives' songs on another label) contributes five songs, this time in their chamber versions. These include the great song General William Booth Enters Into Heaven. The notes are exceptionally complete and helpful; they include statements as to which version of a piece is used and, where appropriate, who edited it. Insurance man Ives would probably have gotten a kick out of the fact that the program was recorded in the hall of a Frankfurt, Germany, bank. The recording dates from 1991 and was splendidly taped by producer Gerd Berg and engineers Michael Stille and Hartwig Paulsen.
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1
Set No. 1 for Chamber Orchestra: I. The See'r
Ensemble Modern
00:00:49

Gerd Berg, Producer - Hartwig Paulsen, Engineer - Ingo MetzmacHer, Conductor - Charles Ives, Composer - Ensemble Modern, Ensemble, MainArtist

A Warner Classics release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1992 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH

2
Set No. 1 for Chamber Orchestra: II. A Lecture (by President Arthur Twining Hadley)
Ensemble Modern
00:01:03

Gerd Berg, Producer - Hartwig Paulsen, Engineer - Ingo MetzmacHer, Conductor - Charles Ives, Composer - Ensemble Modern, Ensemble, MainArtist

A Warner Classics release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1992 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH

3
Set No. 1 for Chamber Orchestra: IV. Like A Sick Eagle
Ensemble Modern
00:01:30

Gerd Berg, Producer - Hartwig Paulsen, Engineer - Ingo MetzmacHer, Conductor - Charles Ives, Composer - Ensemble Modern, Ensemble, MainArtist

A Warner Classics release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1992 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH

4
Set No. 1 for Chamber Orchestra: VI. Incantation. Allegretto sombreoso
Ensemble Modern
00:01:32

Gerd Berg, Producer - Hartwig Paulsen, Engineer - Ingo MetzmacHer, Conductor - Charles Ives, Composer - Ensemble Modern, Ensemble, MainArtist

A Warner Classics release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1992 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH

5
General William Booth Enters into Heaven
Ensemble Modern
00:05:12

Gerd Berg, Producer - Hartwig Paulsen, Engineer - Henry Herford, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Ingo MetzmacHer, Conductor - Charles Ives, Composer - Ensemble Modern, Ensemble, MainArtist

A Warner Classics release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1992 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH

6
Tone Roads No. 1
Ensemble Modern
00:02:44

Gerd Berg, Producer - Hartwig Paulsen, Engineer - Ingo MetzmacHer, Conductor - Charles Ives, Composer - Ensemble Modern, Ensemble, MainArtist

A Warner Classics release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1992 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH

7
From the Steeples and the Mountains
Ensemble Modern
00:03:34

Gerd Berg, Producer - Hartwig Paulsen, Engineer - Ingo MetzmacHer, Conductor - Charles Ives, Composer - Ensemble Modern, Ensemble, MainArtist

A Warner Classics release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1992 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH

8
Tone Roads et al.: Tone Roads No. 3
Ensemble Modern
00:03:22

Gerd Berg, Producer - Hartwig Paulsen, Engineer - Ingo MetzmacHer, Conductor - Charles Ives, Composer - Ensemble Modern, Ensemble, MainArtist

A Warner Classics release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1992 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH

9
Set No. 3 for Chamber Orchestra: I. At Sea. Adagio sostenuto
Ensemble Modern
00:01:07

Gerd Berg, Producer - Hartwig Paulsen, Engineer - Ingo MetzmacHer, Conductor - Charles Ives, Composer - Ensemble Modern, Ensemble, MainArtist

A Warner Classics release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1992 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH

10
Set No. 6 for Chamber Orchestra "From the Side Hill": I. Mists
Ensemble Modern
00:01:43

Gerd Berg, Producer - Hartwig Paulsen, Engineer - Ingo MetzmacHer, Conductor - Charles Ives, Composer - Ensemble Modern, Ensemble, MainArtist

A Warner Classics release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1992 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH

11
On the Antipodes
Ensemble Modern
00:02:35

Gerd Berg, Producer - Hartwig Paulsen, Engineer - Henry Herford, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Ingo MetzmacHer, Conductor - Charles Ives, Composer - Ensemble Modern, Ensemble, MainArtist

A Warner Classics release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1992 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH

12
The Rainbow
Ensemble Modern
00:01:54

Gerd Berg, Producer - Hartwig Paulsen, Engineer - Ingo MetzmacHer, Conductor - Charles Ives, Composer - Ensemble Modern, Ensemble, MainArtist

A Warner Classics release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1992 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH

13
The Pond
Ensemble Modern
00:01:41

Gerd Berg, Producer - Hartwig Paulsen, Engineer - Ingo MetzmacHer, Conductor - Charles Ives, Composer - Ensemble Modern, Ensemble, MainArtist

A Warner Classics release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1992 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH

14
The Bells of Yale "Chapel Chimes"
Ensemble Modern
00:02:52

Gerd Berg, Producer - Hartwig Paulsen, Engineer - Henry Herford, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Ingo MetzmacHer, Conductor - Charles Ives, Composer - Ensemble Modern, Ensemble, MainArtist

A Warner Classics release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1992 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH

15
Set No. 1 for Chamber Orchestra: V. Calcium Light Night
Ensemble Modern
00:02:28

Gerd Berg, Producer - Hartwig Paulsen, Engineer - Ingo MetzmacHer, Conductor - Charles Ives, Composer - Ensemble Modern, Ensemble, MainArtist

A Warner Classics release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1992 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH

16
The Gong on the Hook and Ladder "Firemen's Parade on Main Street"
Ensemble Modern
00:01:52

Gerd Berg, Producer - Hartwig Paulsen, Engineer - Ingo MetzmacHer, Conductor - Charles Ives, Composer - Ensemble Modern, Ensemble, MainArtist

A Warner Classics release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1992 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH

17
All the Way Around and Back
Ensemble Modern
00:01:05

Gerd Berg, Producer - Hartwig Paulsen, Engineer - Ingo MetzmacHer, Conductor - Charles Ives, Composer - Ensemble Modern, Ensemble, MainArtist

A Warner Classics release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1992 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH

18
Over the Pavements
Ensemble Modern
00:04:44

Gerd Berg, Producer - Hartwig Paulsen, Engineer - Ingo MetzmacHer, Conductor - Charles Ives, Composer - Ensemble Modern, Ensemble, MainArtist

A Warner Classics release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1992 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH

19
Set No. 1 for Chamber Orchestra: III. The Ruined River
Ensemble Modern
00:01:08

Gerd Berg, Producer - Hartwig Paulsen, Engineer - Ingo MetzmacHer, Conductor - Charles Ives, Composer - Ensemble Modern, Ensemble, MainArtist

A Warner Classics release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1992 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH

20
Set No. 2 for Chamber Orchestra: I. The Indians
Ensemble Modern
00:01:38

Gerd Berg, Producer - Hartwig Paulsen, Engineer - Ingo MetzmacHer, Conductor - Charles Ives, Composer - Ensemble Modern, Ensemble, MainArtist

A Warner Classics release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1992 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH

21
Set No. 2 for Chamber Orchestra: II. "Gyp the Blood" or Hearst!? Which Is Worst?!
Ensemble Modern
00:01:17

Gerd Berg, Producer - Hartwig Paulsen, Engineer - Ingo MetzmacHer, Conductor - Charles Ives, Composer - Ensemble Modern, Ensemble, MainArtist

A Warner Classics release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1992 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH

22
Aeschylus and Sophocles
Ensemble Modern
00:03:15

Gerd Berg, Producer - Hartwig Paulsen, Engineer - Henry Herford, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Ingo MetzmacHer, Conductor - Charles Ives, Composer - Ensemble Modern, Ensemble, MainArtist

A Warner Classics release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1992 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH

23
Set for Theater Orchestra: I. In the Cage
Ensemble Modern
00:01:21

Gerd Berg, Producer - Hartwig Paulsen, Engineer - Ingo MetzmacHer, Conductor - Charles Ives, Composer - Ensemble Modern, Ensemble, MainArtist

A Warner Classics release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1992 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH

24
Set for Theater Orchestra: II. In the Inn "Potpourri"
Ensemble Modern
00:04:25

Gerd Berg, Producer - Hartwig Paulsen, Engineer - Ingo MetzmacHer, Conductor - Charles Ives, Composer - Ensemble Modern, Ensemble, MainArtist

A Warner Classics release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1992 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH

25
Set for Theater Orchestra: III. In the Night
Ensemble Modern
00:02:50

Gerd Berg, Producer - Hartwig Paulsen, Engineer - Ingo MetzmacHer, Conductor - Charles Ives, Composer - Ensemble Modern, Ensemble, MainArtist

A Warner Classics release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1992 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH

26
Sunrise
Ensemble Modern
00:05:58

Gerd Berg, Producer - Hartwig Paulsen, Engineer - Henry Herford, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Ingo MetzmacHer, Conductor - Charles Ives, Composer - Ensemble Modern, Ensemble, MainArtist

A Warner Classics release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1992 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH

Album Description

Charles Ives, working as an insurance executive by day and a composer by night for all the years of his artistic career, produced relatively few large-scale works in long forms: two piano sonatas, four violin sonatas, four symphonies, a cantata, and an overture. Most of his music is in short forms, such as songs and brief piano or orchestral chamber music works, and even some major works are really collections of individual movements written at different times. One of Europe's leading dedicated new music groups, Ensemble Modern, here presents a fine selection of 26 of these short pieces, including five of the songs, the instrumental versions of several other songs, and two of the composer's "Sets." The whole production is a model of its type. The playing is outstanding. Where the primary interest of a piece is the sonic experimentation (for instance, in All the Way Around and Back, and the two extant Tone Roads), the Ensemble plays with precision and clarity. Where there is an emotional content to the music (Like a Sick Eagle, The Ruined River, or The Pond (Remembrance)) it is there. Baritone Henry Herford (already having completed a fine set of all Ives' songs on another label) contributes five songs, this time in their chamber versions. These include the great song General William Booth Enters Into Heaven. The notes are exceptionally complete and helpful; they include statements as to which version of a piece is used and, where appropriate, who edited it. Insurance man Ives would probably have gotten a kick out of the fact that the program was recorded in the hall of a Frankfurt, Germany, bank. The recording dates from 1991 and was splendidly taped by producer Gerd Berg and engineers Michael Stille and Hartwig Paulsen.
© TiVo

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