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  3. Violin Sonata No. 1: III. Allegro 9:01$0.89  Buy MP3 
  4. Violin Sonata No. 2: I. Autumn 5:28$0.89  Buy MP3 
  5. Violin Sonata No. 2: II. In the Barn 4:36$0.89  Buy MP3 
  6. Violin Sonata No. 2: III. The Revival 4:07$0.89  Buy MP3 
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10. Violin Sonata No. 4, "Children's Day at the Camp Meeting": I. Allegro 2:19$0.89  Buy MP3 
11. Violin Sonata No. 4, "Children's Day at the Camp Meeting": II. Largo 5:36$0.89  Buy MP3 
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  • Performer: Curt Thompson, Rodney Waters
  • Composer: Charles Ives
  • Audio CD (June 17, 2003)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos American Classics
  • Run Time: 77 minutes
  • ASIN: B00008MLVJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 21, 2003
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Ives had hopes that his violin sonatas, written between about 1902 and 1915, would become repertory pieces and even made some efforts, unusual for him, to get them into the hands of performers. But this was not to happen, certainly in his lifetime. And in my lifetime of concert-going I've heard only one of them, the shortest, live, the Fourth, 'Children's Day at the Camp Meeting,' played beautifully by Jaime and Ruth Laredo. I also heard the ragtime movement of the Third Sonata played badly by a couple of students.
I have loved these sonatas for many years, first hearing them as a set in a recording from the late 1960s by Rafael Druian, then concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra, and John Simms, piano, on Philips LPs; alas they have never, to my knowledge, made it to CD. Then, in the late 1980s Gregory Fulkerson, violin, and Robert Shannon, recorded them for Bridge Records, on two CDs. Now we have this terrific traversal by two talented Texans, Curt Thompson, violin, and Rodney Waters, piano.
Still, these four sonatas represent perhaps the best set of violin and piano sonatas ever written by an American composer. Further, although they are typical Ives in many ways and thus a bit tough for non-initiates with their 'rhapsodic informal ... heterophonic polyphony' [Lou Harrison's term], where it didn't matter to Ives whether his combined tunes matched up harmonically, there are the familiar 'old sweet sounds' of many old-time Protestant hymns and American popular songs.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Bob Zeidler on January 2, 2004
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...and make it my first review of the new year.

This superb Naxos CD of the four Violin Sonatas by Charles Ives might well have been reviewed months ago by me, had it not been for one small matter. Every time I'd set out to listen to the CD, I'd get as far as the Largo cantabile (2nd) movement of the 1st Violin Sonata, only to stop and play it again. And again.

Then, a few times, I actually got as far as the 3rd movement of this work, only to hear the strains of "Watchman, Tell Us of the Night," the Lowell Mason hymn, little known these days but used to such superb effect by Ives, years later, in the opening "Prelude: Maestoso" movement of his culminating masterpiece, the 4th Symphony. There I was, stuck with the same problem: Couldn't go further; simply had to listen again. And again.

Needless to say, I finally managed to solve the problem. But it took both a conscious effort to listen to the sonatas in reverse order AND a New Year's resolution as well.

There is little that I can add to the two excellent previous reviews. Scott Morrison and Robin Friedman pretty much touched all the bases: Ives's use of "cumulative form" (a developmental "working toward a summing up" of each movement, by introducing thematic fragments which, only by the end of the movement, come together to present the full theme), his inveterate borrowing of vernacular and hymnic materials, and the total parity between the two instrumentalists. (Probably never before, and never since, have such sonatas been written where the piano part is so equally matched, both thematically and technically, to the violin part. Calling these works "violin sonatas" does an injustice to the violinist's equal partner!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Robin Friedman HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 7, 2003
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Charles Ives (1874 -1954) was an original American composer. His work anticipated both the creation of a distintly American style of art music, incorporation elements of gospel, popular song,jazz, and ragtime and also the creation of what became 20th century avant garde music with its use of dissonance, atonality, and polyrhythm. Ives's reputation as an American master of art music has grown with the years.
In this disc, Naxos follows-up its two earlier recordings of Ives that feature his orchestral music, the second and third symphonies. The focus here is on Ives's chamber music: the four sonatas for violin and piano. The album features two young musicians, violinist Carl Thompson, of Fort Worth, Texas, who wrote his doctoral dissertation on the four Ives violin sonatas and pianist Rodney Waters of Lubbock, Texas.
Ives composed his violin sonatas in the years between 1902 and 1916. Each sonata is in three movements and each draws upon works Ives had prepared when young. Each work incorporates many folk and gospel themes. They are full of nostalgia for the small-town, rapidly disappearing turn-of-the-century America in which Ives grew up. The title's of the movements of the second sonata ("Autumn", "In the Barn" and "The Revival" are explicitly programmatic in character while the Fourth Sonata is titled "Children's Day at the Camp Meeting." The folk themes in the sonatas are skillfully disguised and fragmented throughout the works until they appear in full voice generally at the end of each sonata.
The roots of these works in American song have long been noted. But in listening to the music, I was struck by how much more there is to these pieces.
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