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Memories A 'Very Pleasant' & B 'Rather Sad'

First line:
We’re sitting in the opera house
author of text

Memories: (A) Very Pleasant; (B) Rather Sad (1897) is quite a virtuoso performance. In the first section (marked ‘as fast as it will go’) Ives evokes the excitement of a night at the opera (including whistling), while the second is a concentrated exercise in nostalgia – and in the power of a simple tune (including humming).

from notes by Calum MacDonald © 2005

Memories: (A) Very Pleasant; (B) Rather Sad (1897) [«Souvenirs: (A) Très agréable; (B) Plutôt triste»] est une prestation des plus virtuoses. La première section (marquée «Aussi vite que possible») évoque l’excitation d’une nuit à l’opéra (sifflement inclus), tandis que la seconde se concentre sur la nostalgie – et sur le pouvoir d’un air simple (fredonnement inclus).

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

Memories: (A) Very Pleasant; (B) Rather Sad (1897) [„Erinnerungen: (A) Sehr angenehm; (B) Ziemlich traurig“] ist ein ziemlich virtuoses Werk. Im ersten Abschnitt (mit der Überschrift „so schnell wie möglich“) beschwört Ives die Aufregung an einem Abend in der Oper (einschließlich des Pfeifens). Der zweite Abschnitt ist dagegen eine konzentrierte Übung in Nostalgie – und in der Kraft einer einfachen Melodie (einschließlich des Summens).

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


Ives: A Song - For Anything


Track 3 on CDA67516 [2'31]

Track-specific metadata for CDA67516 track 3

Recording date
12 November 2004
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Ives: A Song - For Anything (CDA67516)
    Disc 1 Track 3
    Release date: September 2005
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