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Songs / Orchestral Sets
Marni Nixon, John McCabe & Henry Herford / Ensemble Modern / Ingo Metzmacher

[ EMI American Classics / CD ]

Release Date: Sunday 1 June 2008

"This disc is evidence of a true original in sound and the originality is unclouded and yet more enthralling in these smaller formats. The disc also breaks with the series tradition by printing all the sung and referenced words. This is to me a surprise winner and one in which Ives emerges as a master of dissonance and a magician of mood, evocation and suggestion."
(MusicWeb Recording of the Month July 2008)

Before the 20th century, there was very little in the way of American concert music. There was a handful of composers who were notable exceptions but these almost always followed the European compositional traditions. Not until the arrival of Charles Ives (1874-1954) could America boast an original, native-born, composer of it's own.


The Greatest Man

At the river

Ann Street

A Christmas Carol

Swimmers (extract)

West London

Soliloquy, or a Study in 7ths and Other Things


Charlie Rutlage

The Side Show

The Cage

Farewell to Land

General William Booth Enters into Heaven

Tone Roads No. 1

Tone Roads No. 3

On the Antipodes

The Rainbow (So it may be!), for small orchestra

The Pond (remembrance)

The Bells of Yale, or Chapel Chimes

The Gong on the Hook and Ladder

All the Way Around and Back

Over the Pavements, for small orchestra

Aeschylus and Sophocles

From the Steeples and the Mountains

Adagio Sostenuto ("At Sea")


Set No.1, for small orchestra

Set No.2, for small orchestra

Set for Theatre or Chamber Orchestra