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  Ives: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4 - Litton
  Charles Ives: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4, Central Park in the Dark

Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Andrew Litton (conductor)
Track listing:
  Classical - Orchestral
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Review by Oscar May 20, 2007 (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
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The Symphonies of Charles Ives are considered the first "American" symphonies.
It may be so, but Ives was an extremely ecclectic musician, and in his symphonies the language is quite varied in it´s influences, and also very forward looking.
The 2 works in this disc are quite contrasted: a very conservative Nr.1 and a very avant-garde nr. 4. Both, nevertheless, display clearly the diverse language of Ives, which has an accuarte ear for textures, polyrythms and tonal combinations.

Both works get excellent readings from Andrew Litton and the Dallas Orchestra. A clear baton, which is essential for this complex music, guides the listener through this very complex works.

The sound is top-notch. Very clear, spacious and captures ideally the tonal intricacies of these rewarding works.

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Works: 3  

Charles Ives - Central Park in the Dark
Charles Ives - Symphony No. 1
Charles Ives - Symphony No. 4