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Careful and repeated listens will reveal hidden themes, sometimes so subliminal that they escape even the most attentive of listeners.
Meanwhile the Holidays Symphony is one of Ives's greatest and most communicative works, and the "Decoration Day" movement one of the summits of his music.
If you were exiled to a desert island and could only pick one recording of this disgracefully under-played composer, this could well be it.
When I first heard "Thanksgiving" and "Central Park at Night" I immediately told a close friend that I had just heard some of the most outrageous music ever. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mr. Baker
Tis is a terrific CD , but the music is very challenging to digest.
I listen to it before I listen to less challenging music.
I bought this out of curiosity. I don't have much Ives in my collection, I don't much like what I have, but I keep trying to find something that fulfills. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Frank
The four movements that comprise what is sometimes called the Holidays Symphony are not my favorite Ives pieces -- those would be the Symphony No. 2, the No. Read morePublished on January 28, 2013 by J. R. Trtek
...I still prefer Eugene Ormandy's 1974 account of the HOLIDAYS for the overall string tone in the quieter passages (which has a more reflective quality), the nostalgic aura of the... Read morePublished on December 6, 2012 by Chip Kaufmann
When this recording was first released, in 1988, it was considered the most impressive Ives record in the catalogue. Read morePublished on March 6, 2011 by Bella
Michael Tilson Thomas knows how to conduct Ives. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus are outstanding on this recording i.e. like someone acting very well but not overacting. Read morePublished on March 15, 2010 by Eric Henderson
This is a "must" album. Altho' I personallly object to some of the finer editorial work in the "original" version of "UnQ" (very esoteric stuff--ask me) I'd stilll recommend this... Read morePublished on May 25, 2005 by David Gray Porter