CD Michael Tilson Thomas Conducts Ives

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Discs 4
Record Label Sony Classical
Release Date December 4, 2020

Michael Tilson Thomas, an authoritatively idiomatic interpreter, leads the music of Charles Ives in this new collection from Sony Classical. Over four discs, hear his major orchestral orchestral and orchestral works in iconic recordings by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and San Francisco Symphony.

Gramophone called the disc containing Three Places in New England "as fine a collection of [Ives's] songs and short orchestral pieces as I've found on one release." On the recording of the Fourth Symphony with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra: "not only are all the elements in place - no easy feat in itself - but the performance revels in the piece's American roots, with marches and ragtime passages tossed off with as much apparent simplicity as the piece's modernist language."

Contents:

Disc 1:

Charles Ives, Symphony No. 1

Hymns quoted by Charles Ives in Symphony No. 4

Charles Ives, Symphony No. 4

Chicago Symphony Chorus, Margaret Hillis (director)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Disc 2:

Charles Ives, Symphony No. 2

Charles Ives, Symphony No. 3, "The Camp Meeting"

Charles Ives, Orchestral Set No. 2

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Disc 3:

Charles Ives, A Symphony: New England Holidays

Charles Ives, The Unanswered Question (revised edition)

Charles Ives, Central Park in the Dark

Charles Ives, The Unanswered Question

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Disc 4: Charles Ives: An American Journey

Charles Ives, From the Steeples and the Mountains

San Francisco Symphony

Charles Ives, The Things Our Father Loved

Thomas Hampson (baritone)
Michael Tilson Thomas (piano)

Charles Ives, The Pond (Remembrance)

San Francisco Symphony & Chorus

Charles Ives, Memories

Thomas Hampson (baritone)
Michael Tilson Thomas (piano)

Charles Ives, Charlie Rutlage

Charles Ives, March: The Circus Band

Charles Ives, Orchestral Set No. 1: Three Places in New England

San Francisco Symphony

Charles Ives, In Flanders Fields

Thomas Hampson (baritone)
San Francisco Symphony

Charles Ives, They are There! (A War Song March)

San Francisco Symphony & Chorus

Charles Ives, Tom Sails Away

Thomas Hampson (baritone)
Michael Tilson Thomas (piano)

Charles Ives, Symphony No. 4: III. Fugue

San Francisco Symphony

Charles Ives, Psalm 100

San Francisco Symphony Chorus

Charles Ives, Serenity

Thomas Hampson (baritone)
San Francisco Symphony & Chorus

Charles Ives, General William Booth Enters into Heaven

Thomas Hampson (baritone)
San Francisco Symphony & Chorus

Charles Ives, The Unanswered Question

San Francisco Symphony

Michael Tilson Thomas (conductor)