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IVES: Orchestral Sets Nos. 1-3 (Sinclair)

Composer(s):Ives, Charles
Artist(s) Malmo Chamber Choir, Choir • Sinclair, James, Conductor • Malmo Symphony Orchestra
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.559353
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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The works on this recording focus on a singular genre created by a singular composer. The kind of piece Charles Ives called a ‘set’ is usually a larger work made by putting together independently-written smaller pieces. The First Orchestral Set, variously titled Three Places in New England and A New England Symphony, is one of Ives’s great tributes to his roots. Put together around 1913-14 from material going back years, it is typically Ivesian in that each movement has an underlying program. Like the other sets, the Second has a slow-fast-slow pattern and a visionary hymn-based finale. The unfinished Third Orchestral Set was the only set Ives planned as a whole from the beginning. It may stand as the most profound


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Review By Peter Dickinson,Gramophone,October 2008

A real discovery in this complete set of the Orchestral Sets. This is a fascinating release that offers Ives’s three Orchestral Sets for the first time…the novelty here is the Third Set. The first two movements come from sketches edited by David Gray Porter. [No doubt it will divide Ives scholars, but it is undoubtedly a fascinating achievement.]…well recorded, idiomatic performances all round—a real Ives discovery.

Review By David Denton, Naxos,May 2008

As part of their complete cycle of the orchestral works of Charles Ives, Naxos here offer the world premiere recording of the Three Orchestra Sets.Born into a musical family, the young Charles received his first formal training from his father, a musical ‘jack-of-all-trades’. Though he was to continue his musical education while at University, it was in the field of insurance that he was to build a highly successful career, fitting his love of composition into weekends and holidays. From his father he inherited a passion for innovation, his most crazy ideas expressed in musical terms. Though he composed symphonies in his student days, it may have been a reluctance to follow convention or an uncertainty into his mastery of symphonic form that led him to devise the



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