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Track(s) taken from CDA66165


First line:
Then the swift plunge into the cool green dark
author of text

Sir Thomas Allen (baritone), Roger Vignoles (piano)
Recording details: January 1985
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: August 1987
Total duration: 1 minutes 31 seconds

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Gerald Finley (baritone), Julius Drake (piano)


'A delight from beginning to end' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)

'Guaranteed to move, charm, and generally fascinate' (The Guardian)
The text of Swimmers (1921), from a poem by Louis Untermeyer, appeared in the July 1915 issue of Yale Review. Untermeyer, who had musical training, met Ives in about 1944 and was enthusiastic about his vehement and virtuosic setting: ‘It got immediately from the very first notes of the piano, the surge of the sea, the welling up of the waves and a great sense of movement. He took just part of the poem. All that I tried to do in words he was doing in sound.’

from notes by Calum MacDonald © 2005

Extrait d’un poème de Louis Untermeyer, le texte de Swimmers (1921) [«Nageurs»] parut dans la Yale Review de juillet 1915. Untermeyer, qui avait une formation musicale, rencontra Ives vers 1944 et fut enthousiasmé par sa mise en musique véhémente, virtuose, «car tout de suite, dès les premières notes du piano, elle saisit la houle de la mer, le gonflement des vagues et un formidable sens du mouvement. Il [Ives] n’a pris qu’une partie du poème. Tout ce que j’avais essayé de faire en mots, il le faisait en sons.»

extrait des notes rédigées par Calum MacDonald © 2005
Français: Hypérion

Der Text zu Swimmers (1921) [„Schwimmer“] stammt aus einem Gedicht von Louis Untermeyer, das 1915 in der Juli-Ausgabe der Yale Review erschien. Untermeyer, der selbst eine musikalische Ausbildung genossen hatte, traf Ives ungefähr 1944 und war hoch erfreut über dessen lebhafte und virtuose Vertonung, „weil sie gleich von der allerersten Note im Klavier die Brandung des Meeres, das Anschwellen der Wellen und ein starkes Gefühl der Bewegung erzielte. Er vertonte nur einen Teil des Gedichtes. Alles, was ich in Worten auszudrücken versuchte, gelang ihm, in Klängen darzustellen“.

aus dem Begleittext von Calum MacDonald © 2005
Deutsch: Elke Hockings

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Ives: A Song - For Anything
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