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Track(s) taken from CDA67525

Symphony No 2

1900/2, revised 1909

Dallas Symphony Orchestra
This recording is not available for download
Recording details: January 2005
Eugene McDermott Concert Hall, Morton H Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, USA
Produced by Christoph Classen
Engineered by Andrés Villalta
Release date: October 2006
Total duration: 39 minutes 41 seconds


'A truly haunting effect' (BBC Music Magazine)

'No other version quite probes or reveals the unique and compelling world of Ives's imagination as does this' (International Record Review)

'Cherish the endearing Third for its alert phrasing; cherish the Fourth for the transcendental finale, beautifully caught by the microphones. Polished performances' (The Times)

'Litton and the Dallas Symphony realise very well Symphony No 3 … a powerful sense of community is captured—the hymn singing at camp meetings—the whole finely modulated and pointed, the second movement Scherzo being especially ear catching, and the finale ideally intense' (Fanfare, USA)

'These performances represent all that's best about American orchestras and conductors' (MusicWeb International)

'As Tony Haywood wrote in his appreciative review, you really need the companion disc, containing Nos 1 and 4 and Central Park in the Dark, to complete the picture— only, with no download, on CDA67540. The transition from No 1 to No 4 on this album is a real culture shock. Now the hymns, popular songs and marching tunes are juxtaposed and superimposed on each other in the second movement. I’m not sure that I can yet relate fully to this symphony, or that I ever shall, but I’m prepared to work at it for the sake of the sublime third movement and the powerful finale' (MusicWeb International)

'Stunning 'live' performances' (Yorkshire Post)

'What a wonderful surprise it has been, seeing the release of the complete Ives symphonies on Hyperion. I have no doubt that Andrew Litton's cycle will serve as the reference for many years to come … you won't hear a more insouciant account of the finale anywhere, while the second movement has a real spring to its step—its final bars are simply hilarious, less outrageous than the symphony's ending, but no less surprising in their own way … the Third Symphony isn't as easy to play as it sounds, and Litton not only captures the music's flow to perfection, he gives the small wind and brass complement plenty of opportunity to shine, albeit sensitively … finally, the engineering is rich, clear and vibrant. A major achievement, no doubt about it' (Classics Today)

'There are various 'one off' recordings of Ives’s symphonies, but Andrew Litton and Hyperion are to be commended for presenting these works splendidly played and excellently recorded in state-of-the-art sound … Litton is his own man and his reading is a very strong and convincing one' (Classical Source)

'Quant à la Symphony no 4, elle rend plus manifestes le projet spirituel, le savoir-faire musical, la matière sonore grouillante et la nature créatrice du compositeur. Là encore, le travail d'Andrew Litton est à saluer parce qu'il nous place dans le 'laboratoire' passionné de chaque œuvre, il joue chaque pièce pour ce qu'elle est et jamais au nom d'une 'vision' d'interprète qui recouvrait ce corpus décidément extraordinaire' (Le Monde de la Musique, France)

Other albums featuring this work

Ives: Symphonies Nos 2 & 3
This album is not yet available for downloadSACDA67525Super-Audio CD
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