The Unknown Ives
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCR811     Release Date: 1999-01-01

Donald Berman, piano

"Donald Berman is a superlative pianist, but as any number of attempts by excellent players have shown, it takes more than technique to bring Ives alive. To my ears Berman's Ives most resembles the playing of Ives himself, as we hear it in the composer's private recordings. With Berman there is the same subtlety of voicing you hear in Ives’s playing, the same power combined with delicacy— a surprising thing to say about Ives, but that's how he often played his own music. Berman studied with John Kirkpatrick, the composer's first great interpreter, and kept growing from those studies. Ives was a prophetic genius whose consciousness, and piano writing, stayed rooted in Romanticism. For a pianist that's a very difficult balancing act, but Berman handles it beautifully.

A new generation of performers are reaching a mature and seasoned approach to Ives, and Donald Berman is a vital part of that achievement. "
—Jan Swafford, Author of Charles Ives: A Life with Music (1996, W.W. Norton)

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Donald Berman

The Unknown Ives

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Track Listing

Three-Page Sonata: I. Allegro Moderato
Charles Ives
Three-Page Sonata: II. Andante
Charles Ives
Three-Page Sonata: III. Allegro - March Time
Charles Ives
Study No. 6
Charles Ives
Study No. 7
Charles Ives
Study No. 8
Charles Ives
Study No. 9 ("The Anti-Abolitionist Riots")
Charles Ives
Study No. 15
Charles Ives
Study No. 16 / 19
Charles Ives
Study No. 23
Charles Ives
Set of Five Take-Offs: I. The Seen and Unseen or Sweet and Tough
Charles Ives
Set of Five Take-Offs: II. Rough and Ready or The Jumping Frog
Charles Ives
Set of Five Take-Offs: III. Song Without (good) Words
Charles Ives
Set of Five Take-Offs: IV. Scene Episode
Charles Ives
Set of Five Take-Offs: V. Bad Resolutions and Good One
Charles Ives
Study No. 20
Charles Ives
Study No. 22
Charles Ives
Study No. 21 ("Some South-Paw Pitching")
Charles Ives
Evocations, Four Chants for Piano: I. Largo (To Harriette Miller)
Carl Ruggles
Evocations, Four Chants for Piano: II. Andante con fantasia (To John Kirkpatrick)
Carl Ruggles
Evocations, Four Chants for Piano: III. Moderato appasionato (To Charlotte Ruggles)
Carl Ruggles
Evocations, Four Chants for Piano: IV. Adagio Sostenuto (To Charles Ives)
Carl Ruggles