Seattle Symphony Orchestra - Ives: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4, The Unanswered Question & Central Park in the Dark


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A momentous release, as Morlot and the Seattle Symphony follow their acclaimed recording of Ives’ Symphony No. 2 with the next installment that includes four of the composer’s greatest works. The rarely recorded Symphony No. 4 is a haunting summation of American musical styles, and one of the masterpieces of American music. It receives here a live performance of staggering authority and eloquence that brings Ives’ multi-layered sonic canvas to new life. Recorded alongside Symphony No. 3 and Ives’ two most beloved short orchestral works, this release is engineered to audiophile standards and set to be an authoritative voice among recordings of Ives’ discography.

“Ludovic Morlot is clearly a master of the material and of his excellent Seattle Symphony forces. He delivers convincing accounts of the brooding, questioning Prelude, the volatile and tumultuous ‘Comedy’, the plain-speaking Fugue and the impressive Finale” BBC Music Magazine, June 2016 ****

“the detailed intimacy of [Morlot's] performance and sharpness of the recorded sound is immediately apparent…Ives's music is a counterpoint of simultaneously developing continuities against structural disjoints…which Morlot makes the focus of his performance…and you begin to get an inkling of the symphony's vistas and perspectives” Gramophone Magazine, April 2016

Symphony No. 4 (Ed. T. Brodhead): I. Prelude. Maestoso [Live]
Symphony No. 4 (Ed. T. Brodhead): II. Comedy. Allegretto [Live]
Symphony No. 4 (Ed. T. Brodhead): III. Fugue. Andante moderato con moto [Live]
Symphony No. 4 (Ed. T. Brodhead): IV. Very Slowly - Largo maestoso [Live]
The Unanswered Question (Revised Version)
Central Park in the Dark
Symphony No. 3 in B-Flat Major Camp Meeting: I. Old Folks Gatherin'
Symphony No. 3 in B-Flat Major Camp Meeting: II. Children's Day
Symphony No. 3 in B-Flat Major Camp Meeting: III. Communion

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