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Charles Ives - Twelve Songs
In Summer 2007, invited by Kent Nagano to the Munich Opera Festival, singer Theo Bleckmann met the group Kneebody to create a new song cycle from works by Charles Ives.Twelve compositions for voice and piano/ensemble/orchestra, written by this significant American composer at the start of the 20th century, were to be reworked. Ives characteristically combines the folk voice of America with classical forms and traditions from Europe. Everyday American music, quotes from marches, hymns and dances are brought into play, but he doesn't write music to please: instead, he uses contrasting elements and sonic irritations to create an image of America that sketches the inner character of this New World society after the War of Independence. Extensive re-workings by Theo Bleckmann and Kneebody put Ives' music in a context alongside elements of jazz, electronics and improvisation. The singer Theo Bleckmann is part of a close circle of Winter & Winter artists who have collaborated since 2004 on Der Kastanienball; since then have come Las Vegas Rhapsody, Berlin, and now Twelve Songs by Charles Ives: a homage to an exceptional composer.
“Ives's songs, given the jazz treatment for the first time, thrive in this idiom. I didn't know what to expect, but it works. The vocal approach is sympathetic; the harmony is respected, at least as a starting-point; and the humour of some of these songs is exploited.” Gramophone Magazine, April 2009
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Ives - Songs Volume 3
Janna Baty, Lielle Berman, Daniel Trevor Bircher, Patrick Carfizzi, Jennifer Casey Cabot, Michael Cavalieri, Robert Gardner, Ian Howell, Sumi Kittelberger, Diego Matamoros, Tamara Mumford, Matthew Plenk, Kenneth Tarver, Ayano Kabaoka, Frederick Teardo, Eric Trudel, J.J. Penna & Douglas Dickson
Charles Ives wrote almost two hundred songs. Although his reputation rests on orchestral, chamber and piano music, it is Ives's songs that represent the heart of his creative thinking.
The expressive variety encountered is accordingly vast: indeed, the gradual evolution of Ives’s songwriting is analogous to the wider evolution of American music during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
This new edition includes all the songs that Ives completed. The alphabetic approach ensures that each volume (of which this disc is the first of six) contains a representative cross-section.
“Robert Gardner is again outstanding - his "The Indians" luxuriates in the mesmeric, visionary quality associated with Ives at his most personal.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2008
“These songs, with all their quirks and flights of fantasy, [are] among the most important of the 20th century in any language.” The Guardian
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