Henry Brant Collection 7: Concord Symphoney
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As for the performance I can only say that Henry Brant, conductor Dennis Russell Davies and the Royal Concertgebouw have done themselves exceedingly proud. This is a masterful performance of this gargantuan and knotty work.
For those who love this work, I urge you to try it. For those who have heard the piano sonata and didn't think they liked it, I urge YOU to try it. In Kyle Gann's words about Brant's orchestration, "He's given the world a brand-new Charles Ives symphony."
i guess i/m not one who values purity above all else. there is a long tradition of arranging others music - i have no problem there. as a previous poster pointed out, it brings out lines that the piano version tends to meld. but the important thing to me is does it sound like ives ? to me, yes, somewhere between the 2nd and 4th symphonies. this was on first listen (10 minutes ago !). now it/s time to dig up the old piano score and follow along. best cd i/ve bought in over a year.
One cannot hope to compare the actual piano work to this transcription; the difference between the solo piano (even in Ives' masterful use of the broad palette of colors available on the keyboard) and a full orchestra is vast. What Brant does is translate this work into another form. Eschewing much of the rhythmic material inherent in the piano, Brant opts for a transcription that brings in all the colors of the orchestra to interpret the sonata. For example, in the Emerson movement, the first part of the work and the most tempestuous, strong brass instruments are used in place of the harsh, fortissimo chords. Yet, later, woodwinds are at the heart of the more ethereal ending of the work, where subtle touches at the keyboard give melodic fragments.
In the Hawthorne movement, Brant chooses an almost Mahlerian selection of light instruments then heavy brasses to translate the rapid arpeggios and near tone clusters of the opening, before bringing in the string section. The Thoreau movement opens with a flute (which is appropriate, because of the use of the flute in some versions of the actual sonata, representing Thoreau's playing a flute by Walden Pond), then using colorful oboe runs to lay out the melodies.Read more ›
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So what are we listening to?, Anyone Know?, It's not Charles Ives,It's not his'Concord Sonata' for Piano Solo! Read morePublished on August 19, 2008 by scarecrow