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Ives: Orchestral Works, Vol. 3 - Davis

Ives: Orchestral Works, Vol. 3 - Davis

Chandos  CHSA 5174

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Orchestral


Ives: Orchestral Set No. 2, Symphony No. 3 'The Camp Meeting', Symphony No. 4

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano)
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Sir Andrew Davis (conductor)


For this third volume in an Ives series that Sir Andrew Davis and his Melbourne Orchestra have already made globally popular, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet takes on the challenge of the solo piano part in Symphony No. 4. The work is famous for its ubiquitous difficulties, not least the apparent impossibility of realising many of the composer’s creative intentions in a live performance, as evidenced by the forty pages of background discussion and practical advice to conductors that introduce the published score. It is complemented by the less-often-performed triptych Orchestral Set No. 2 and the Pulitzer Prize winning Symphony No. 3. Recorded in Surround Sound in Melbourne just after a ‘remarkable, very welcome’ (Sydney Morning Herald) performance in concert of the same programme by the same forces, this album is a must-have for anyone who wants to experience this monumental music under optimal conditions.

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Comment by fausto kantiano - March 19, 2017 (1 of 2)

Purchased last Friday in my local brick 'n mortar, haven't listened to this one yet. But will there be a 4th volume, with the Robert Browning Overture, and possibly renditions of the incomplete Emerson Concerto and the 3rd Orchestral Set?
A survey of Ives's orchestral works without the Browning Overture is of course seriously incomplete!

review of this vol. 3 here:
https://artmusiclounge.wordpress.com/2017/03/04/andrew-davis-cracks-open-the-ives-fourth/

Comment by fausto kantiano - March 24, 2017 (2 of 2)

I have enquired with Chandos, and they came back to me with the message that indeed there is no plan for a continuation of this series with a 4th instalment. This means no "Robert Browning Overture"!! I find this quite baffling, to be honest. One of the most iconic and important orchestral pieces by Ives is deemed unworthy of being included in a survey of all his orchestral work!! I understand that they did not record the incomplete Emerson Concerto and Orchestral Set no. 3, but no Browning...I'm perplexed. Well, luckily, there is the recent (2015) barn-storming rendition by the Bayerische Rundfunk Orchestra under Stefan Asbury on NEOS, not a SACD, ok, but not less excellently sounding.