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Ives: Symphony No. 2 / The Gong on the Hook & Ladder, or Firemen's Parade on Main Street / Tone Roads No. 1 / Hymn: Largo Cantabile, for String Orchestra / Hallowe'en / Central Park in the Dark / The Unanswered Question

Charles Ives , Leonard Bernstein , New York Philharmonic Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Ives: Symphony No.2 - 1. Andante moderatoNew York Philharmonic Orchestra 6:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Ives: Symphony No.2 - 2. AllegroNew York Philharmonic Orchestra11:05Album Only
listen  3. Ives: Symphony No.2 - 3. Adagio cantabileNew York Philharmonic Orchestra11:41Album Only
listen  4. Ives: Symphony No.2 - 4. Lento maestosoNew York Philharmonic Orchestra 3:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Ives: Symphony No.2 - 5. Allegro molto vivaceNew York Philharmonic Orchestra10:05Album Only
listen  6. Ives: The Gong On The Hook And Ladder Or Firemen's Parade On Main StreetNew York Philharmonic Orchestra 2:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Ives: Tone Roads No.1New York Philharmonic Orchestra 3:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Ives: A Set Of Three Short Pieces For String Orchestra - Largo cantabile "Hymn"New York Philharmonic Orchestra 3:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Ives: Three Outdoor Scenes - Hallowe'enNew York Philharmonic Orchestra 1:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Ives: Central Park In The DarkNew York Philharmonic Orchestra 7:10Album Only
listen11. Ives: The Unanswered QuestionNew York Philharmonic Orchestra 6:07$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Orchestra: New York Philharmonic
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Composer: Charles Ives
  • Audio CD (July 24, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000001GC4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,195 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Ives mixes the European symphonic tradition with picturesque elements of small-town New England -- hymn tunes, brass bands, revival meetings. Ives' anarchic Yankee weirdness is manifest in the jarringly insistent appearance of Columbia the Gem of the Ocean in his Second Symphony, and the work's rude final blat. -- Miami Herald, Lawrence Johnson, July 1st, 2007

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Nobody could conduct American music quite like Leonard Bernstein, and it really shows on this fabulous disc devoted to Ives's Second Symphony and a few of his miniature masterpieces. Bernstein, in both the included essay as well has his conducting, shows that he truly understands Ives's music and what makes it absolutely American. Ives is a rather interesting musical figure because he was not a composer by profession, but rather a businessman who wrote music at any free moment he could get. He tinkered with atonality before Schoenberg and new rythmic structures before Stravinsky, yet his music sounds like neither of aforementioned composers. Ives has a very original, unique musical style. One can't help but visualize turn of the century america when listening to Ives. This music always makes me think of the novels of the great Theodore Dreiser. This is a great place to start or add to an Ives discography. This disc includes one of his most listener friendly compositions, Symphony no. 2 along with some very experimental and fascinating miniatures, including the famous Unanswered Question and the visually stimulating Central Park in the Dark. You cannot go wrong with Ives's original music or Bernstein's amazing performances. Plus the music is in crystal clear digital sound. Though the music was recorded live, it has studio sound and performance all the while keeping the emotion and tension found only in live recordings. 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.)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant idiosyncrasies May 19, 2004
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Ives was an uncommon, refined distillate. Much like Wallace Stevens, another Connecticut Yankee insurance specialist thoroughly out of step with his environment, Ives's structural and thematic advances foretold radical new worlds. Many liner notes to recent Ives releases talk about his work as if it were like most other orchestral offerings--in reality, few touch upon how cataclysmic and inventive his realizations were.
Bernstein, conversely, grasps Ives in totality and advances the cause of this frighteningly bold new music, both in practice and in writing at length about these scores and the Protean imagination that engendered them. Bravo, Lenny.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uniquely American Ives Recordings August 8, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is great American music in the truest sense. I was nurtured on movie soundtracks and scores from the likes of Bernard Herrmann, Dimitri Tiomkin, Alex North and others. As we have lost many of these composers and music that they may have left us through the years, I have been methodically looking at American "Twentieth Century" composers from the "classical" arena to fill that void from that great era. I discovered Charles Ives after reading up on Aaron Copland and his foray into many diverse areas of musical composition. One thing leads to another. Ives' Symphony No. 2 seems to have come up very frequently. It certainly doesn't have the melodic quality of Copland yet it does seem to have roots resulting in American musical motifs very strangely orchestrated resulting in some twisted profoundness. What attracts me is how the music almost seems as if it were composed for film. The technical qualities of this recording are marvelous. Leonard Bernstein's intuitive and vibrant interpretation of this music is effectively felt.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect introduction to Ives. August 3, 2006
Format:Audio CD
In brief, this may be the best single album to jump start the novice on Ives -- and a great ride for the already converted among us. The comprehensive reviews in this thread say it all; I won't repeat. Let me add this, though: the earlier, excellent recording on Columbia (SONY) coupled with the 3rd Symphony, has a cut in the 4th movement, which Lenny opens up in this more recent recording. So, if you have the earlier recording this one is still something of a 'must have.' Buy it for that 'alternate' library of special recordings, like the Tatrai set of Bartok Quartets, Furtwangler's Beethoven Symphonies from the war years, Toscanini's recordings of OTELLO and FALSTAFF -- and Benny Goodman live at Carnegie Hall, 1938.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Performances Of Ives From Bernstein And the NYPO September 2, 2003
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Towards the end of Leonard Bernstein's career he made several distinguished recordings of 20th Century American classical music for Deutsche Grammophon featuring the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. This splendid recording of Ives's 2nd Symphony, several other orchestra works and chamber pieces is yet another remarkable testament to Leonard Bernstein's empathy and understanding of 20th Century American classical music composed by such distinguished composers as Charles Ives, and, of course, Aaron Copland. No other conducter truly understood 20th Century American music as well as Bernstein. Here he leads the New York Philharmonic in one thrilling performance after another, starting with Ives's 2nd Symphony in a swaggering, convincing interpretation. He follows with a hauntingly beautiful "Central Park in the Dark" and ends with an appropriately brooding "The Unanswered Question"; between the symphony and these orchestral works are sandwiched some fine chamber pieces too. Although these were recorded at live performances, the sound quality is that from a studio. Absolutely a necessary CD for admirers of Charles Ives, Leonard Bernstein, the New York Philharmonic and anyone interested in 20th Century American classical music.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good choice of pieces for the CD
Beautiful recording. It made a great gift to my husband who loves Charles Ives.
Published 1 month ago by Margaret Funchion
5.0 out of 5 stars Bernstein on Ives--3 1/2 Decades Later
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 more
Published 16 months ago by J. Forrest
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best Ives
Ives' works seem the precursor for many alternative, avant-garde composers of today. I've never genuinely cared for Symphony No. Read more
Published on February 8, 2008 by J. Pour
5.0 out of 5 stars An Answer to the Unanswered Question
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 more
Published on March 13, 2006 by Grady Harp
5.0 out of 5 stars Bernstein's Ives...still the best
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 more
Published on January 28, 2002 by Baker Sefton Peeples
4.0 out of 5 stars I've discovered Ives !!
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 more
Published on December 19, 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars A *great* CD
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 more
Published on August 25, 2001 by Andy Yates
5.0 out of 5 stars AMERICA! THIS IS YOUR MUSIC
If you are curious about Ive's music you could'nt do better than to get this as a "sampler". Read more
Published on August 24, 1999
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