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Composer: Ives, Charles (1874-1954)

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Year of birth1874
Year of death1954
NationalityUnited States
Period20th century
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SingaporeSSO 40th Anniversary Gala

Ives, Beethoven
Singapore Symphony Orchestra; Lan Shui; Lim Yan

LuganoIves, Beethoven, Brahms

© Kristen Loken
Ives, Beethoven, Brahms
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; Michael Tilson Thomas; Igor Levit

HoustonRavel’s La valse

Ives, Korngold, Stravinsky, Ravel
Houston Symphony; Andrés Orozco-Estrada; Baiba Skride

LondonIves' Symphony No.4

Beethoven, Ives
London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Mark Elder; Kirill Gerstein; London Symphony Chorus; Simon Halsey

HoustonRachmaninov’s The Bells

Ives, Saint-Saëns, Rachmaninov
Houston Symphony; Andrés Orozco-Estrada; Javier Perianes; Houston Symphony Chamber Chorus
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MTT unleashes Ives at his raucous, crotchety best in Disney Hall

Michael Tilson Thomas © Chris Wahlberg
MTT was back in Los Angeles for another spell as guest, this time bringing to local audiences one of his specialties of the house. 
****1
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A confused “Resurrection” at the Houston Symphony

Andres Orozco-Estrada © Werner Kmetitsch
In a failed mash-up, the Houston Symphony performed only the first movement (the three-minute “Prelude: Maestoso”) of Ives’ Fourth Symphony and continued attacca into the 80 minutes of Mahler's "Resurrection."
**111
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Prom 31: An all-American concert from Minnesota Orchestra and Vänskä

Osmo Vänskä © BBC | Chris Chistodoulou
The Minnesota Orchestra’s visit offered a chance to hear Gershwin’s Piano Concerto and Ives’ Symphony no. 2, though the former suffered somewhat from an absence of spark.
***11
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Restless commemoration from Benjamin and London Sinfonietta

George Benjamin and the London Sinfonietta © BBC/Chris Christodoulou
A programme of new music and 20th-century classics reflects on loss, war, inhumanity and redemption. 
*****
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Idiomatic Ives but cursory Tchaikovsky from the Vienna Phil

Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Vienna Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall © Chris Lee
Dudamel led the Vienna Philharmonic in an impassioned Ives Second but lacked the precision and control to achieve the full dramatic effects of Tchaikovsky's Fourth.
***11
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