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For many years I have loved singing Ives’s The Collection, which the composer wrote in 1920. I read once that a critic thought the piece to be a parody, or send-up, of hymn-singing. I find the piece to be a fascinating musical construction, with a dreamy, ‘way out’, Messiaen-like organ introduction (Ives writes ‘The Organist’ in the score), followed by a perfectly four-square hymn tune marked ‘The Soprano’, and ending with the ‘Response by the Village Choir’ at the repeat of the words ‘and love’s sweet law fulfil’. Ives weaves the rising motif of the introduction into a counter-melody for the right hand under the voice line’s ‘Lord, thy yoke to wear…’
A breathtakinigly beautiful recording of Charles Ives choral music by the accomplished St Olaf Choir, which, since its founding in 1912, has set a standard in the choral art, serving as a model for choirs of all levels.» More
Recording details: July 1996
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: April 1997
Total duration: 2 minutes 17 seconds