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Finally, the definitive recording!,
This review is from: Jeremy Denk Plays Ives (Audio CD)
I've been waiting for Jeremy to record these sonatas ever since we took a musicology class on Charles Ives from the inimitable J. Peter Burkholder together at IU almost 20 years ago! Even back then, it was clear that Jeremy had a special insight into Ives and that he could really do justice to these incredibly complex and beautiful pieces.
This recording satisfies on many levels. Jeremy expresses the over-the-top exuberance and almost inexpressible density of Ives' ideas with full gusto, and then drops instantly into the most tender and beautiful expressions of the nostalgia and referential memory of Ives. In listening to this recording, I heard things I'd never heard before, particularly the clear references to all of the tunes that make up Ives' world--it seems like Jeremy "gets" and honors each and every one of them, when many pianists get the major ones but lose many of the shorter or more hidden ones in the overall soundscape.
Perhaps even more satisfying is the way that Jeremy is so pianistic--he plays this so beautifully as a piece of music, not as a study in Ives. It IS a study in Ives, but I find myself absorbed in the beauty of the piano playing, too.
And the program notes are wonderful, showing Jeremy's mastery of these works on an intellectual and musical level, and making Ives interesting, accessible and relevant.
Bravo!! Buy this CD, whether or not you are a fan of Ives. You won't regret it, and whether or not you like or know Ives, you will find yourself discovering 2 amazing pieces of music, either newly, or through rejuvenated ears.
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Initial post: Dec 10, 2010 11:57:26 PM PST
Santa Fe Listener says:
Generally reviews by friends leave a bad taste, but yours is thoughtful and coincides with what I hear on this CD -- thanks.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2011 8:28:01 AM PST
Joe Barron says:
I have serious reservations about this CD. See my review below.
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