Americans, and classical music enthusiasts in general, have a love-hate relationship with Charles Ives. Although much of that is through reputation, it can be a little hard to wrap your brain around his unique sound. If you want to give Ives another shot, then his vocal music might be a good route; such as found on “The Light That Is Felt: Songs of Charles Ives.”
Soprano Susan Narucki and pianist Donald Berman have compiled a wide range of songs from Charles Ives which reflect his influences. From his early German language lieder to later odes to his country, you’re sure to find something here that strikes a chord.
Our quick pick this week is another collection of American music… or more specifically New York.Manhattan Music is the second release from the Canadian Brass on Opening Day records. Here they are joined by the Eastman Wind Ensemble in music from composers like Jeff Tyzik and Leonard Bernstein