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So, if you have the earlier recording this one is still something of a 'must have.'
This is an exceptional intro to Ives and is highly recommended. (hmm...seeing as how it's 3 am, i wonder if this makes any sense to people reading it.)
No other conducter truly understood 20th Century American music as well as Bernstein.
Beautiful recording. It made a great gift to my husband who loves Charles Ives.Published 6 months ago by Margaret Funchion
This is a superb recording. Actually 2 recordings from Avery Fisher Hall, the Symphony from 1987 and the short works from the next year. Read morePublished 21 months ago by J. Forrest
Ives' works seem the precursor for many alternative, avant-garde composers of today. I've never genuinely cared for Symphony No. Read morePublished on February 8, 2008 by J. Pour
Often faced with the question from friends who are just beginning a classical music collection and want to try the 'American school' - the question being which of the many Ives... Read morePublished on March 13, 2006 by Grady Harp
Bernstein and the NY phil premiered this long after it was written, in 1951. Ives was given a healthy award for this piece, but retorted with some like this: "prizes are for boys"... Read morePublished on January 28, 2002 by Baker Sefton Peeples
Absolutely a fine place to begin with Charles Ives. For the longest time, I couldn't listen to this stuff - just too weird. Now that I've jumped in, I want to hear more. Read morePublished on December 19, 2001
If you're curious about Ives, this is about the best introduction to his music imaginable. The second symphony is completely tonal and a absolutely hilarious (I still laugh every... Read morePublished on August 25, 2001 by Andy Yates